Associate Category Manager in Toronto at CARQUEST Canada

Date Posted: 11/10/2019

Career Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Toronto
  • Career Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    11/10/2019

Career Description



Job Description

Assists in implementation of strategic plans to support key product management objectives as defined by the company. Provides oversight and direction to assigned projects. Must operate cross-functionally with the operations, purchasing, and data management departments from vision to execution. Reviews and analyzes sales, inventory and cost data for purpose of developing, implementing and refining product line strategies.

  • Works closely with Category Manager and contributes to development of strategic plans.
  • Provides input on new product concepts and overall product category performance and vision.
  • Conducts market research and gathers competitive intelligence for analysis of the competitive position, product quality, and vehicle coverage.
  • Helps to develop product roadmap based on market requirements and competitive situation.
  • Works closely with vendors, member companies and stores to ensure quality and continuity.
  • Interacts and communicates with vendors, member companies and stores
  • Reviews marketing programs, promotions and packaging designs to ensure timely execution.
  • Designs creative pricing programs to allow the company to maintain competitiveness while maximizing the gross margin opportunities.
  • Monitors pricing, gross profit, and inventory levels to ensure adequate return on investment for responsible categories.
  • Writes Request for Quotations and collects and analyzes results for purpose of identifying strengths and weaknesses of potential suppliers.
  • Mines data and produces merchandising reports that are meaningful and helpful to product management function.

Required Skills

  • Purchasing and product planning experience.
  • Management of vendor partnerships.
  • Database and report creation and management.
  • Must have general knowledge of the industry and the entire product channel.
  • Ability to look forward into the future and anticipate and plan for future market shifts.
  • Strong computer, interpersonal, math skills and organizational skills.
  • JDA Prospace Software experience is an asset
  • Ability to deliver high quality results in a fast paced environment.