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Overview

The Sr. Associate Merchant associate leverages consumer insights, markets trends and new product development to build curated, customer driven assortments and service solutions. This position partners closely with key stakeholders to understand the division strategies and financial goals based on the strategic category plan to ensure that overall product development and direction delivers in-store, catalog, and online programs that are competitive and differentiated.

Works with suppliers to set up new items and maintain item integrity, content and web attributes. Partners cross-functionally to ensure we are providing customer centric solutions and improving product mix and shopping experience. Tasked with optimizing assortments and catalogs to maximize trade up, solutions, micro-assortments and identify gaps by customer vertical/segment. Maintain cross reference files, good/better/best assortments and upsell/cross sell. This role will be provided the opportunity to fully manage and develop the strategy for a sub-category.

This role requires a thought leader that will bring an independent perspective while, effectively building collaborative solutions with key stakeholders across the company. Partners with content, ecommerce, inventory management, private brand, and pricing and promotion teams.

This position has decision making authority within scope of work and categories assigned.

This role requires a comprehensive understanding of 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.

Performs market research to gain an in-depth knowledge of products, vendor capabilities, industry trends and emerging innovation

Partners with Private Brand to optimize the portfolio to offer unique value to our customers through new development and supplier sourcing opportunities.

Optimizes the product and services portfolio to drive consumer demand, market share, sales and profitability, grounded in market and consumer understanding.

Manages assortment of products and services, determining optimal product mix based on category goals, performance, and designated category roles.

Works with cross-functional partners to ensure exceptional execution of assortment strategies.

Responsible to identify and initiate vendor setup and maintenance working with Merchandising Operations.

Responsible for overseeing item integrity, including new item set up, content and web attributes with support teams.

Works with suppliers to develop new product assortments by vertical and segment and set up new items and maintain item integrity, content and web attributes.

Ensures Web and catalog execution.

Qualifications

Bachelors Degree (B.A/B.S) in Business, Merchandising, Operations

5-7 + years experience (3+ years progressive merchandising plus other equivalent related experience)

Minimum three years merchandising experience required. Finance, marketing, product development, procurement, services and operations background beneficial;

Other Information

Strong leader with strategic business management skills, who can appropriately shift between tactical and strategic perspectives.;

Will need to be results oriented, seek empowerment, inquisitive, comfortable with ambiguity and possess versatile communication styles

Cross-functional strategic vision: a willingness to see business opportunities from the perspective of the whole company as opposed to solely the perspective of his/her functional area

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

The company 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

The company 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.

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 (as applicable by business unit)
  • 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

    The Sr. Associate Merchant associate leverages consumer insights, markets trends and new product development to build curated, customer driven assortments and service solutions. This position partners closely with key stakeholders to understand the division strategies and financial goals based on the strategic category plan to ensure that overall product development and direction delivers in-store, catalog, and online programs that are competitive and differentiated.

    Works with suppliers to set up new items and maintain item integrity, content and web attributes. Partners cross-functionally to ensure we are providing customer centric solutions and improving product mix and shopping experience. Tasked with optimizing assortments and catalogs to maximize trade up, solutions, micro-assortments and identify gaps by customer vertical/segment. Maintain cross reference files, good/better/best assortments and upsell/cross sell. This role will be provided the opportunity to fully manage and develop the strategy for a sub-category.

    This role requires a thought leader that will bring an independent perspective while, effectively building collaborative solutions with key stakeholders across the company. Partners with content, ecommerce, inventory management, private brand, and pricing and promotion teams.

    This position has decision making authority within scope of work and categories assigned.

    This role requires a comprehensive understanding of 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.

    Performs market research to gain an in-depth knowledge of products, vendor capabilities, industry trends and emerging innovation

    Partners with Private Brand to optimize the portfolio to offer unique value to our customers through new development and supplier sourcing opportunities.

    Optimizes the product and services portfolio to drive consumer demand, market share, sales and profitability, grounded in market and consumer understanding.

    Manages assortment of products and services, determining optimal product mix based on category goals, performance, and designated category roles.

    Works with cross-functional partners to ensure exceptional execution of assortment strategies.

    Responsible to identify and initiate vendor setup and maintenance working with Merchandising Operations.

    Responsible for overseeing item integrity, including new item set up, content and web attributes with support teams.

    Works with suppliers to develop new product assortments by vertical and segment and set up new items and maintain item integrity, content and web attributes.

    Ensures Web and catalog execution.

    Qualifications

    Bachelors Degree (B.A/B.S) in Business, Merchandising, Operations

    5-7 + years experience (3+ years progressive merchandising plus other equivalent related experience)

    Minimum three years merchandising experience required. Finance, marketing, product development, procurement, services and operations background beneficial;

    Other Information

    Strong leader with strategic business management skills, who can appropriately shift between tactical and strategic perspectives.;

    Will need to be results oriented, seek empowerment, inquisitive, comfortable with ambiguity and possess versatile communication styles

    Cross-functional strategic vision: a willingness to see business opportunities from the perspective of the whole company as opposed to solely the perspective of his/her functional area

    Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

    The company 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

    The company 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.

    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 (as applicable by business unit)
    • 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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