Rockler Companies, Inc.
  • Corporate Office
  • Medina, MN, USA
  • Full Time

The Merchandising Category Specialist, in partnership with the Category Manager, is responsible for delivering the financial performance of their specific departments and  product categories.  The Merchandising Category Specialist role is designed to establish an understanding of the Category Management concepts and standardized processes to better prepare the associate for a more advanced future role in Category Management.

Come work for an industry leader! Rockler Companies, Inc. is a growing national retail, direct mail and publishing organization with retail stores across the U.S. We are one of the largest online resources for woodworkers, and we work tirelessly to bring the industry's most innovative products, thinking and education to our customers. Learn more about our company at www.rockler.com!

Equal Opportunity Employer/Male/Female/Disabled/Veteran

DUTIES 

  • Entry level position designed to develop a strong understanding of category management concepts, processes and procedures through mentoring with Merchandising leadership
  • Assist with all aspects of the product life cycle in selected product categories including item set-up, order tracking, customer service/product issues, vendor follow-ups, etc.
  • Assist with New Product Development process for all items accepted into the business within assigned categories
  • Develop merchandising concepts, product and promotional plans that strategically drive category growth while continually evaluating product mix to ensure customer satisfaction, increase market penetration and competitive advantage
  • Determine standard and promotional product pricing through competitive analysis, industry research, store visits and product pricing strategies to support management of major product categories  
  • Evaluate industry and competitive trends; define and recommend new opportunities
  • Assist in the negotiations with vendors to assure we secure the lowest price and most favorable terms utilizing incentives like but not limited to payment terms, rebates, co-op, allowance, returns and freight discounts
  • Work collaboratively with buyers, merchandisers, marketing, creative team and distribution team to assure the supply chain is managed efficiently and product is accurately represented in all channels and effectively distributed
  • Develop as an industry and customer expert to assure we stay ahead of our competition and present our customers with the best assortment of products in the marketplace
  • Attendance is an essential function of this position and we rely on all our employees to be at work during their scheduled shift.
  • Assist with all aspects of the product life cycle in selected product categories  

QUALIFICATION 

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
  • Proficient with MS Office, Excel, Power Point
  • Strong written and verbal communication, negotiating and vendor management skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Woodworking experience/background or interest preferred
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