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Category Manager

Calgary, AB · Retail
Category Manager
Canada Remote
Distribution / Retail
Competitive Salary, Bonus and Benefits

Our Canadian based Consumer goods Distribution client, is seeking a knowledgeable Category Manager to join their growing organization.  This well established, independently owned company, offers a large portfolio of consumer goods and would appeal to candidates that love being part of a collaborative environment where they get to make an impact with their skills and be a valued part of the team.

The Category Manager is responsible for selecting and developing products, sourcing suppliers, negotiating price, cataloging, and merchandising for the category. This role is critical to ensuring products are of high quality and delivered on time. The ideal candidate has a passion for strategic forecasting and analyzing data to drive decision making.

The Role:
  • Monitor and research the category’s market and industry trends to ensure that we are offering the best to its customers and to identify new products and product line opportunities.
  • Devise long-term development strategies for product lines
  • Develop forecasts as well as analyze and deliver on key metrics to improve inventory management.
  • Together with the executive team, develop and execute yearly marketing and promotions plan to ultimately build sales and margins.
  • Conduct line reviews to increase the profitability of line offerings by filling gaps and eliminating duplication in existing product lines as well as making decisions on end of line items.
  • Work closely with suppliers and in-house logistics team to plan purchases in a manner where the right items arrive on time in the right quantity and at the right price.
  • Develop and execute purchasing plan in consultation with sales team and management.
  • Collaborate with Marketing Department to maintain online sales platform, create marketing materials and ensure consistent packaging or develop new packaging where appropriate.
  • Contribute to business development by supporting sales representatives with technical knowledge, formulating presentations for major customers, and explore opportunities with existing customers.
  • Continue to source new and exciting products while negotiating the best possible prices to offer customers.
  • Related Post secondary would be an asset
  • 3+ years of prior purchasing or product development experience, with a preference given to those from the building materials, hardware, consumer goods industry
  • Merchandising experience is an asset
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with proven ability to leverage data and analytics
  • Ability to work independently and in teams as the situation requires
  • Results oriented with track-record of meeting deadlines
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills; prior experience working with international suppliers would be an asset
  • Ability to Travel on occasion
Please quote job #16151189

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