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Overview

Responsibilities

The Assistant, Category supports the Merchant, Category in the management and execution of daily merchandising tasks. This position ensures that implementation of category initiatives runs smoothly through defined administration process across functions and with vendors; this is an integral part of this role.

Through the management of vendor funding, with a close eye on the market behavior and a clear understanding of category performance, this position provides the foundation for the Category Merchant.; The incumbent will provide operational support for all merchandising activities within the assigned Category. The Category Assistant assists the Merchant in analyzing, planning, and executing processes necessary to achieve sales and margin goals within the assigned category. A degree of conceptual skill and ingenuity is required for the Category Assistant to distinguish him/herself. Although the Category Merchant has final authority over decisions undertaken by his/her merchandising team, the Category Assistant is relied up to produce analysis of sufficient scope and rigor that it informs those decisions.

  • Enter data to support pricing and promotional guardrails.
  • Establish habits of analysis that assist the Merchant and Associate Merchants in forecasting, budgeting, managing assortments, conducting line reviews, score-carding vendors, setting price points consistent with established pricing strategies.
  • Perform analysis and reporting (recurring and ad hoc) to support Category Manager and Category Analyst.
  • Work with Category Management team and Merchandise Operations to ensure the products are priced accurately and scan without errors.
  • Communicate New Items for set-up and discontinued items as well as set-up for promoted items.
  • Learn Office Depot Category Management planning processes.
  • Develop a level of comfort and confidence with vendors and vendor relations.; Assist the Category Merchant and Category Analyst in day-to-day communications with vendors’ primary corporate representatives.; Establish working relationships with vendor outside resources and maintain vendor cost information.
  • Assist Category Teams with additional tasks as required (e.g. physical sets, follow-up with vendors, reporting needs).
  • Learn about responsible area’s category assortment including knowledge of products, vendor base and industry innovation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience plus a minimum;2 years experience in related field.
  • Experience desirable in finance, marketing, supply chain, or etail operations.

 

Other Information

  • Basic computer skills and knowledge, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and G-Mail
  • Team effectiveness
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • Ability to contribute substantively to more than one project simultaneously
  • Strong communication skills (e.g. a capacity for concise, articulate contributions to meeting discussions is essential, as is an ability to write cogent memos and e-mail correspondence)
  • Self-starter
  • Organized
  • Detail-oriented

 

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

 

Office Depot 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.

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 Assistant, Category supports the Merchant, Category in the management and execution of daily merchandising tasks. This position ensures that implementation of category initiatives runs smoothly through defined administration process across functions and with vendors; this is an integral part of this role.

    Through the management of vendor funding, with a close eye on the market behavior and a clear understanding of category performance, this position provides the foundation for the Category Merchant.; The incumbent will provide operational support for all merchandising activities within the assigned Category. The Category Assistant assists the Merchant in analyzing, planning, and executing processes necessary to achieve sales and margin goals within the assigned category. A degree of conceptual skill and ingenuity is required for the Category Assistant to distinguish him/herself. Although the Category Merchant has final authority over decisions undertaken by his/her merchandising team, the Category Assistant is relied up to produce analysis of sufficient scope and rigor that it informs those decisions.

    • Enter data to support pricing and promotional guardrails.
    • Establish habits of analysis that assist the Merchant and Associate Merchants in forecasting, budgeting, managing assortments, conducting line reviews, score-carding vendors, setting price points consistent with established pricing strategies.
    • Perform analysis and reporting (recurring and ad hoc) to support Category Manager and Category Analyst.
    • Work with Category Management team and Merchandise Operations to ensure the products are priced accurately and scan without errors.
    • Communicate New Items for set-up and discontinued items as well as set-up for promoted items.
    • Learn Office Depot Category Management planning processes.
    • Develop a level of comfort and confidence with vendors and vendor relations.; Assist the Category Merchant and Category Analyst in day-to-day communications with vendors’ primary corporate representatives.; Establish working relationships with vendor outside resources and maintain vendor cost information.
    • Assist Category Teams with additional tasks as required (e.g. physical sets, follow-up with vendors, reporting needs).
    • Learn about responsible area’s category assortment including knowledge of products, vendor base and industry innovation.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience plus a minimum;2 years experience in related field.
    • Experience desirable in finance, marketing, supply chain, or etail operations.

     

    Other Information

    • Basic computer skills and knowledge, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and G-Mail
    • Team effectiveness
    • Tolerance for ambiguity
    • Ability to contribute substantively to more than one project simultaneously
    • Strong communication skills (e.g. a capacity for concise, articulate contributions to meeting discussions is essential, as is an ability to write cogent memos and e-mail correspondence)
    • Self-starter
    • Organized
    • Detail-oriented

     

    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.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

     

    Office Depot 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.

    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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