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Responsibilities

 

The Sr. Category Solutions Merchant will be responsible for the development and the execution of the strategic category plan for multiple departments. They will oversee the channel strategy, vertical engagement, store optimization, offer development and the go to market strategy. Must understand customer needs, enabling them to provide solutions by segment including vertical execution to maximize customer spend.; Will develop new products, services and solutions to fill gaps within the assortment. Partners with Senior Director, Product & Service Solutions (Sr. Director) to develop 1-3 year strategy plans for categories by customer type for assigned categories. Strategies will have meaningful impact the company income and profitability streams.

Works with the Sr. Director in the establishment and execution of the necessary category plans, strategies and tactics to deliver the sales, margin and inventory objectives supporting the solution strategy. Promotes the objectives to which the Assortment Optimization Specialist, Private Brand, Finance, Solution Insights and Product Optimization Specialist operate.

This role requires a comprehensive understanding all current and future paths to purchase. Necessitating knowledge of key drivers including:

  • Retail store format optimization and brick & mortar shopping experience
  • Web dynamics, digital marketing impacts, and mobile experience
  • Contract B2B sales motion, pricing strategies and vertical / customer segmentation.

Responsible for people management, leadership and development of team and has significant influence in the mentoring and coaching across merchandising professional staff.

Interacts extensively with executive C-suite level professionals both internally and externally.

  • Identifies new vendors and new products/services that support targeted customer needs and aligns with the strategic category plan.
  • Establishes, plans and implements all programs to achieve sales, gross margin and grow market share.
  • In partnership with Sr. Director, develops and executes strategic category plan. Leads the communication of the category plan cross-functionally.
  • Reviews and utilizes vendor scorecards to manage vendor relationships.
  • Works with Financial Forecasting and Solution Analyst to gauge the effectiveness of the category strategy in relation to goals.
  • Creates and implements sound vertical and channel strategy in line with the overall solution strategy.
  • Hands off vendor strategy to Assortment Management to build out micro and vertical assortments as well as overall assortment.
  • Hands off to Product Optimization to ensure effective pricing and promotion across all channels leveraging best price and placement.
  • Develops one or more direct reports, including preparation for increased responsibilities, coaching, performance management, and long-term career planning.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. / B.S.);in Business, Merchandising, Operations, Finance
  • Minimum 7 + experience (4+ years progressive merchandising experience and 4 years managerial)
  • Preferred 4+ years of hands-on experience negotiating contractual agreements in an international business environment; 3+ years marketing/product development. Financial evaluation experience required

Other Information

  • Follow market trends. Use this knowledge to support internal customers, reduce costs and develop sourcing strategies.
  • Evaluate the financial aspects and key cost drivers of global markets using published industry data and internal ODP; spend data, develop analysis and apply procurement strategy development.
  • Conduct benchmarking and industry assessments to identify best practices and implement successfully within ODP; and culture
  • Advanced negotiating skills;

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

 

Office Depot and Office Max is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

Office Depot and OfficeMax offers competitive salaries, a benefits package, which includes a 401(k) and more, along with plenty of opportunity to move and grow within our organization! For immediate consideration for this exciting position, please click the Apply Now button.

How to Apply

 

Click the Apply Now button and follow the instructions on each page. When you have completed the application, click the submit button.

Fair Chance Ordinance

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records City & County of San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance

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At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

Physical:

  • Health Insurance
  • Wellness Fairs
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness & Nutrition Programs
  • Ergonomic Support
  • Return-to-Work Programs

Emotional:

  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Support Programs

Work-Life:

  • Location Events & Activities
  • Onboarding Plan & 'Buddy'
  • Recognition & Rewards Programs
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off

Financial:

  • Retirement Programs
  • 401(k) Match
  • FSA/HSA Pre-Tax Benefits
  • HSA Match
  • HRA Funding
  • Discounts/Perks
  • Life/Disability Plans

Community:

  • Charitable Giving
  • Volunteering & Mentorship

At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

Emotional:

  • Employee Assistance Programs

Community:

  • Associate Resource Groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion

As the working world continues to evolve, so are we. Shifting from an office supplies retailer to a business services platform is not a simple task, nor is it one we take lightly. It requires the diverse talents and contributions from each and every associate – all driven by our 5C culture of Customer, Commitment, Change, Caring and Creativity. We’re working together to make a difference, challenge the status quo, and be the trusted experts that help our customers manage their businesses. We’ve got 40,000+ associates to date – and we’re always looking to add great talent to our team. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform our company to fuel the businesses and communities around us is knocking. Start your #LifeAtDepot and discover how you can be a part of the transformation.

  • Description

    Overview

    Responsibilities

     

    The Sr. Category Solutions Merchant will be responsible for the development and the execution of the strategic category plan for multiple departments. They will oversee the channel strategy, vertical engagement, store optimization, offer development and the go to market strategy. Must understand customer needs, enabling them to provide solutions by segment including vertical execution to maximize customer spend.; Will develop new products, services and solutions to fill gaps within the assortment. Partners with Senior Director, Product & Service Solutions (Sr. Director) to develop 1-3 year strategy plans for categories by customer type for assigned categories. Strategies will have meaningful impact the company income and profitability streams.

    Works with the Sr. Director in the establishment and execution of the necessary category plans, strategies and tactics to deliver the sales, margin and inventory objectives supporting the solution strategy. Promotes the objectives to which the Assortment Optimization Specialist, Private Brand, Finance, Solution Insights and Product Optimization Specialist operate.

    This role requires a comprehensive understanding all current and future paths to purchase. Necessitating knowledge of key drivers including:

    • Retail store format optimization and brick & mortar shopping experience
    • Web dynamics, digital marketing impacts, and mobile experience
    • Contract B2B sales motion, pricing strategies and vertical / customer segmentation.

    Responsible for people management, leadership and development of team and has significant influence in the mentoring and coaching across merchandising professional staff.

    Interacts extensively with executive C-suite level professionals both internally and externally.

    • Identifies new vendors and new products/services that support targeted customer needs and aligns with the strategic category plan.
    • Establishes, plans and implements all programs to achieve sales, gross margin and grow market share.
    • In partnership with Sr. Director, develops and executes strategic category plan. Leads the communication of the category plan cross-functionally.
    • Reviews and utilizes vendor scorecards to manage vendor relationships.
    • Works with Financial Forecasting and Solution Analyst to gauge the effectiveness of the category strategy in relation to goals.
    • Creates and implements sound vertical and channel strategy in line with the overall solution strategy.
    • Hands off vendor strategy to Assortment Management to build out micro and vertical assortments as well as overall assortment.
    • Hands off to Product Optimization to ensure effective pricing and promotion across all channels leveraging best price and placement.
    • Develops one or more direct reports, including preparation for increased responsibilities, coaching, performance management, and long-term career planning.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. / B.S.);in Business, Merchandising, Operations, Finance
    • Minimum 7 + experience (4+ years progressive merchandising experience and 4 years managerial)
    • Preferred 4+ years of hands-on experience negotiating contractual agreements in an international business environment; 3+ years marketing/product development. Financial evaluation experience required

    Other Information

    • Follow market trends. Use this knowledge to support internal customers, reduce costs and develop sourcing strategies.
    • Evaluate the financial aspects and key cost drivers of global markets using published industry data and internal ODP; spend data, develop analysis and apply procurement strategy development.
    • Conduct benchmarking and industry assessments to identify best practices and implement successfully within ODP; and culture
    • Advanced negotiating skills;

     

    Equal Employment Opportunity

     

    Office Depot and Office Max is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

    Office Depot and OfficeMax offers competitive salaries, a benefits package, which includes a 401(k) and more, along with plenty of opportunity to move and grow within our organization! For immediate consideration for this exciting position, please click the Apply Now button.

    How to Apply

     

    Click the Apply Now button and follow the instructions on each page. When you have completed the application, click the submit button.

    Fair Chance Ordinance

    We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records City & County of San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance

    Read More Read Less

  • Benefits

    At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

    Physical:

    • Health Insurance
    • Wellness Fairs
    • Flu shots
    • Fitness & Nutrition Programs
    • Ergonomic Support
    • Return-to-Work Programs

    Emotional:

    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Support Programs

    Work-Life:

    • Location Events & Activities
    • Onboarding Plan & 'Buddy'
    • Recognition & Rewards Programs
    • Flexible Work Schedules
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Time Off

    Financial:

    • Retirement Programs
    • 401(k) Match
    • FSA/HSA Pre-Tax Benefits
    • HSA Match
    • HRA Funding
    • Discounts/Perks
    • Life/Disability Plans

    Community:

    • Charitable Giving
    • Volunteering & Mentorship
  • Benefits Part-Time

    At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

    Emotional:

    • Employee Assistance Programs

    Community:

    • Associate Resource Groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion
  • About Us

    As the working world continues to evolve, so are we. Shifting from an office supplies retailer to a business services platform is not a simple task, nor is it one we take lightly. It requires the diverse talents and contributions from each and every associate – all driven by our 5C culture of Customer, Commitment, Change, Caring and Creativity. We’re working together to make a difference, challenge the status quo, and be the trusted experts that help our customers manage their businesses. We’ve got 40,000+ associates to date – and we’re always looking to add great talent to our team. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform our company to fuel the businesses and communities around us is knocking. Start your #LifeAtDepot and discover how you can be a part of the transformation.

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