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Category Manager

Location:Hartland, WI
Salary Range:BOE
Benefits:Full Benefits
Employment Type:Full Time
Store:Hartland WI , 925 Walnut Ridge Drive 53029 - Corporate
Ownership Group:
Description:Batteries Plus Bulbs is growing, not only their name and lines of products, but also their team! We are currently looking for a Category Manager to join our growing company.

If you have at least 5 years of product/market management experience, have great analytical skills, and enjoy a fast paced customer service driven environment, then this position may be perfect for you!

Within this role, an individual will use consumer and market knowledge to develop and execute short and long term category strategies to drive franchisee sales and achieve Ascent financial objects.
Duties:Category Management
• Develop knowledge of Battery Plus Bulbs’s target consumer in order to understand the desired consumer experience. Act as the voice of the consumer, and use knowledge and data to anticipate consumer behavior to better develop product and category strategies
• Initiate product category strategies that attain budgetary goals aligned with corporate objectives for each assigned product category (for both System and Ascent). Assist in development and management of category roadmap that outlines the strategic and financial objectives of projects needed to support the category strategy
• Assist with negotiating and implementing new programs with domestic vendors for assigned categories
• Assist in the development and implementation of the annual marketing promotional calendar. Analyze and report promotion results.
• Communicate price changes, new items, and other category information to appropriate internal and external personnel using Flash, Product Memos, I-Site postings, etc

• Work to review market information (applications and trends) for assigned categories and determine success factors for top items
• Assist with analysis of retail/commercial competitive pricing calculating store level margin and competitiveness against defined competitors
• Identify and report on top sellers and underperformers within each assigned categories. Work with Sr. Category Manager to determine reasons for underperformance and potential strategies to leverage/increase sales and/or discontinue

New Product Development
• Provide recommendations and defend case for new products and categories.
• Develop key sourcing list for product line extensions, working with Product Management team to ensure timely arrival, accurate costing and successful product introduction.
• For new product families, manage the new product development process from start through initial shipments to stores:
• Work with Sr. Category Manger to develop product specifications, benchmarks, pricing, etc.
• Work with Sourcing team to monitor/implement New Product/Sourcing Timeline
• Ensure new items and updates are accurately entered into the Item Maintenance form
• Assist marketing team with packaging attributes
• Assist with development sales/store support materials needed to drive new programs

Store Assortment/Merchandising
• Analyze and provide direction on store assortment for responsible categories on a monthly basis.
• Implement and layout updated planograms to correspond with store assortment changes per a detailed schedule, communicating properly to team and field.
• Assist marketing to develop and implement key signage programs related to responsible categories that will drive in store conversation and corresponding sales.
Qualifications:• BS/BA required, with emphasis in Marketing, Business Administration or related field preferred
• Minimum 5-7 years product/market management experience. Demonstrated knowledge of multi-level distribution networks preferred. Previous retail experience preferred
• Working knowledge of MS Office and/or other similar databases or software with an ability to adapt learning to incorporate new technology
• Highly analytical; ability to assess situations using statistical and qualitative analysis and make recommendations and/or decisions to meet business needs specifically with market data, exceptions, trends, financial
• Ability to independently handle multiple projects/tasks, plan and establish priorities to meet deadlines with good control and results, able to develop and follow-up on plans. The capacity and desire to handle heavy workloads and extra hours when required
• Demonstrated problem solving skills. Must use considerable judgment to make decisions guided by precedent and policies to meet new or unusual requirements
• Ability to communicate concrete and abstract ideas effectively using both oral and written means. Proven ability to make presentations to senior management, groups of employees, or customers
• Ability to work autonomously, collaboratively, and as a member of cross-functional business team. Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
• Process oriented with good project management skills; capable of managing multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to take ownership of a project and effectively prioritize work to meet business requirements. Strongly motivated with sense of urgency
• A quick study and self starter that shows initiative
• Flexible and well organized with a strong attention to detail and accuracy

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