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Category Manager - E-Commerce

Company: Party City
Location: Rockaway
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

The Ecommerce Category Manager is responsible for the overall merchandising direction of a category (ies) on with the goal of meeting/exceeding sales and margin and inventory turnover targets. The Ecommerce Category Manager will focus on the product category and customer by incorporating competitive intelligence, customer insights and trends, and business analysis. This position is responsible for the purchase, negotiation and selling strategy of merchandise in the category. The Category Manager will partner with the planning, inventory, finance and marketing teams to develop strategies to maximize business opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities/Accountabilities:
Work with Senior leadership on the development of a strategic vision and plan for product categories that deliver performance, growth, and customer satisfaction
Manage category programs, vendor relationships, merchandising, inventory management, markdowns and marketing in accordance with the category strategic plan
Ensure product selection meets consumer needs and work continuously to improve the selection through new and existing supplier partner relationship
Negotiate with vendor partners to maximize opportunity associated with promotional activity
Collaborate with Rockaway Merchant to understand store strategies, key items, and promotions. Expand assortment with online exclusive and kit development
Identify new vendor partners (market visits, trade show attendance, etc.) to expand or improve product assortment and/or deliver on key initiatives. Develop and grow existing vendor partnerships to address and drive business opportunities to improve category performance, i.e. Drop Ship
Work with Site Merchandise Manager on key initiatives impacting category performance, business results and customer experience
Monitor the competition; identify category performance and analysis opportunities on pricing, promotion or product offering. Communicate insights and formulate/develop recommendations to address.
Analyze and forecast monthly category sales data to identify business and site growth opportunities and liabilities. Monitor, analyze and report on business results and take appropriate action to improve performance
In partnership with planning, build buying plan and develop unit buys
Complete quarterly business reviews, seasonal and peak business post mortems, summarizing business performance, successes, opportunities, and key learnings to influence decision making and strategy alterations. Present findings to Senior Leadership
Coach and develop merchandise assistants to ensure growth and readiness for the next level position
Ensure optimal product presentation, positioning and performance by managing partnerships and collaborations with Site and Creative teams and leveraging Marketing resources, i,e. email, social channels to drive awareness, traffic, etc.
Maintain accuracy of Production Calendar for all programs, including web SKU growth to hit deliverables
Perform daily site audits to ensure accuracy of merchandising, product and category information and attributes, promotions and banners

Position Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree preferred
4 years merchandising experience as a Category Manager required; preferably with a large organization in a similar ecommerce role
Thorough knowledge of buying and operations gained through progressive experience
Demonstrated effectiveness with decision making, influencing and negotiation skills
Strong leadership and management experience skills with a track record for building effective teams and developing direct reports
Ability to adapt to change quickly
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Highly organized with an impeccable attention to detail
Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
Strong comprehensive understanding of PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook required

Core Competencies:
Results Focused
Champions Change
Develops Others
Strategic Agility
Willingness to Learn
Energizes Others

Keywords: Party City, Paterson , Category Manager - E-Commerce, Executive , Rockaway, New Jersey

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