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Category Merchandising Manager

Ashley Global Retail, LLC
Tampa, FL, United States

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Does the thought of taking a company into the Industry 4.0 revolution get you excited?

Do you want to take that excitement and knowledge and work for a world-class organization?

Then apply today to our team at Ashley Furniture – the World’s Largest Furniture Manufacturer!

 

Category Merchandising Manager

 

What Will You Do?

The Category Merchandise Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of a product category regarding vendor management, promotions, merchandising, pricing, marketing, planning, etc. This position will also lead, guide and coach a team, overseeing and assigning daily responsibilities.

The Category Merchandise Manager is also responsible for maximizing category sales and profitability by combining merchandising, promotional strategy and category assortment planning. This position closely collaborates with a variety of teams to assist in communicating and executing long-term and seasonal merchandising strategies.

  • Drive sales and profitability for assigned category to ensure budgets are met or exceeded by developing merchandising strategy, identifying category expansion opportunities, and driving the category promotional strategy in alignment with national marketing, etc.
  • Use analytics to determine and implement appropriate competitive strategies. Continually monitor and analyze sell-through, taxonomy performance, and key merchandising programs to develop recommendations and make decisions regarding products and categories.
  • Leverage competitive research and analyze consumer behavioral characteristics, fashion trends, retail landscape, and other relevant data to optimize product assortment within assigned category.
  • Continually review and analyze online competitors for merchandising, promotional execution and tactics, user experience, product representation and taxonomy to report findings and provide appropriate counter-strategies when needed.
  • Manage merchandising and assortment planning for integrated marketing campaigns; drive promotional strategy for assigned category while maintaining national alignment.
  • Manage team to ensure all aspects of the merchandising are on brand, employ best practices, have KPIs to benchmark performance and have the reporting capabilities needed to track performance.
  • Negotiate costs for third-party vendors to ensure margin goals are met and pricing is competitive in the marketplace.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, present to leadership and execute both long-term and seasonal ecommerce merchandising strategies.
  • Make employment decisions and/or recommendations on hiring, improvement plans, transfers, promotions, corrective actions, terminations, pay adjustments, etc.
  • Coordinate and manage the work of employees by directing members of the team to meet the area’s goals. Audit regularly to ensure standard operating procedures are being adhered to.
  • Manage employee performance and assist employees in making improvements to their performance through coaching, mentoring and administering performance reviews. Recommend, plan and/or implement employee training and skill development activities.
  • Audit, maintain and ensure employee time-keeping and absentee records are accurate.
  • Communicate company and departmental issues and goals and facilitate employee growth and development through weekly team meetings, regular individual employee meetings, coaching, training, and company-offered learning opportunities.
  • Manage resources to optimize equipment, facilities, employees, methods and materials.
  • Demonstrate the Company’s Core and Growth Values in the performance of all job functions.

 

What Do You Need?

  • 5 years’ experience in traditional retail buying and/or merchandising for a major department store, specialty retailer or ecommerce operation, Required
  • Bachelor Degree in Business, Merchandising, Marketing, Retailing or related field, or equivalent work experience, Required
  • Supervisory/Management experience
  • Applies knowledge of trends and user behaviors to understanding of internet as a commerce channel
  • Strong technical skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong knowledge in merchandising, pricing and assortment planning
  • Strong proficiency in retail math, open-to-buy and system analysis
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Provide effective leadership, promote teamwork and demonstrate the ability to lead people to get results
  • Maintain a positive and professional attitude that motivates others and promotes enthusiasm
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Effective time management and organizational skills
  • Work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Document management system
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Working knowledge of Continuous Improvement principles
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously within established time constraints
  • Proficient computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite, internet
  • Strong skills in agility, along with the ability to pivot easily when directions and priorities changes on short notice
  • Perform under strong demands in a fast-paced environment
  • Work professionally with customers and co-workers to efficiently serve our customers, treating both with enthusiasm and respect
  • Display empathy, understanding and patience with employees and external customers
  • Respond professionally in situations with difficult employee/vendor/customer issues or inquiries


Who Are We?

  • We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits.
  • We are a multi-billion dollar company and the largest manufacturer of furniture in the world, and offer one of the industry’s broadest product assortments at over 20,000 storefronts in 123 countries.
  • Growth-Focused is one of our core values, and we are dedicated to helping you grow with us through training, mentoring, and coaching as well as investing in the latest design tools, production equipment and new technologies.
  • Environmental efforts are a priority as we continually seek to recycle, reuse and replenish every day.
  • Millions of dollars are contributed annually to local and national charities as we seek to improve the lives of people around the world.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and provide a drug-free working environment. While Ashley appreciates the interest of all candidates only those meeting specific position requirements may be contacted. Principals Only.
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