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RETAIL CATEGORY MANAGER (Merchandising, Purchasing & Retail)
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Recruited by: Human Resources | Recruiter | Road Runner Stores See all my Jobs

  • Hiring Company: Road Runner Stores
  • Industry: Merchandising, Purchasing & Retail
  • Compensation: to be determined
  • Expires: Nov 13, 2020
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Job Description

Job Description
Title:  Retail Category Manager
Reports to: District Managers
Company:  Coulson Oil, Inc.
Classification:  Exempt
Position Description Summary:
The retail category manager is responsible for the visual merchandising [ https://www.thebalancecareers.com/visual-merchandising-associate-profile-2892484 ] , pricing, management, and sales of a specified group of products. This expertise [ https://www.thebalancecareers.com/list-of-retail-skills-2062476 ] is key to driving pricing, product display, marketing [ https://www.thebalancecareers.com/marketing-job-titles-2061535 ] , and promotions of certain products to make them highly visible, accessible, and appealing to customers.
Retail category managers contribute to the profitability of a company by increasing the volume of products that are sold and by improving the speed of inventory turnover in the category. They often assist in or take charge of ordering, pricing, and organizing products. They may be responsible for several categories of products, or they may specialize in a few items within a category.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Contacts and manages both buyers and vendors of products, supplies, and services.
• Advises management in selecting appropriate vendors and buyers.
• Manages contract negotiations with vendors and buyers.
• Ensures the punctual delivery of all goods and services necessary for operation.
• Oversees the billing process in relation to category.
• Develops a competitive product strategy in accordance with business goals.
• Oversees production and development, ensuring efficiency and productivity.
• Analyzes the effectiveness of marketing strategies and adapts when necessary.
• Develops account specific plans for key customers.
• Performs inventory and secures production supplies necessary for operation.
• Analyzes sales trends and buying habits in developing a production and marketing strategy.
• Develops the packaging design, store displays, and advertising for the product.
• Coordinates with marketing department in analyzing trends and adapting marketing strategies.
• Observes competing companies and adapts products to remain aggressive in the market. Devise long term development strategies for product categories
• Develop exit strategy for unsuccessful products
• Watches trends in buying and consumer interest in order to offer in-demand products.
• Other projects as assigned by management
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Ability to multi-task, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines.
• Knowledge of PDI software
• Demonstrates strong communication skills, especially in persuasion and interpersonal relations.
• Exhibits strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.
• Has strong organizational skills and pays close attention to detail.
• Ability to work independently.
• Knowledge of category management, marketing and sales principles.
• Possesses excellent negotiating skills for handling both customers and vendors.
Basic Qualifications:
• 5-10 years of experience in marketing/category management
• Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Economics or related field, and/or equivalent experience is required
• Knowledge of category management, marketing and sales principles
• Understanding of data analysis and forecasting
• Demonstrated time management and prioritization skills.
• Excellent skills in MS Office suite.
• Knowledge of PDI software is a plus
• Experience as a buyer, inventory specialist or strong background in merchandising and vendor relationships is preferred
• Working with Retail and/or convenience store experience is a plus
• Must have a valid driver's license and be able to pass MVR standards.
• Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
• Willingness and ability to travel