Category Manager in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 8/6/2019

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Job Description

The Team Member in this role will manage merchandising plans and tactics related to the improvement of the shopping experience on the Advance Auto Parts website & Brick and Mortar.  Develop category omni-channel strategy grow underpenetrated ecommerce businesses, partner with cross functional teams on site improvement and best practices. Partner with ecommerce team on vendor & product opportunities, negotiate $s for on-line placement.  Implement the tactical aspects of mutually agreed upon strategies for each category directly responsible for, which provide the best value for our customers through a combination of quality, ease of application, packaging and availability.  Accomplishments are measured in accordance with the corporately established guidelines of sales, margins, inventory levels, order fill, budgeting, communications, planning and execution, NPD Market Share and Gross Margin Return on Investment.  STC (Serve The Customer) first.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • 45% Utilize a category management approach to developing efficient assortments that will maximize sales growth and GMROI performance.
  • 20% Work in cooperation and coordination with the Vice President of Analysis and Planning to implement Best in Class Custom Mix programs on the lines responsible for.  Monitor the rebuying function for all lines responsible for. Meet with key members of the replenishment group weekly.  Monitor the fill-rate of vendors and take corrective action with a high sense of urgency when fill-rates fall below the corporate goals, maintain inventory levels (days on hand) and manage to the established goals.
  • 10% Work in cooperation and coordination with the Vice President of Sales Development to ensure the successful launch of category plans, ensuring that product and services will be executed flawlessly.
  • 10% Work in cooperation and coordination with the Director of Retail Pricing to ensure Advance Auto Parts has the most competitive retails in the market area.  This includes the full utilization of our multi-price zone program within the margin goals of the company.
  • 5% Use customer insights, which will include reviewing NPD data to identify market trends and maximize Retailer Dollar Share of total market.  Develop a first-to-model approach by developing unique and aggressive items/offers and negotiate lowest total costs of new and existing programs pricing and/or additional funding for same.
  • 5% Negotiate and monitor co-op advertising programs, which support the corporate advertising strategy.  Constantly monitor purchasing patterns to ensure zero write-offs at year-end.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed  are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Undergraduate degree in Business Administration
  • 3-5 minimum years of experience in Category Management, Vendor Relations, Negotiations, Financial Literacy/Pricing

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

    Supervises Assistant Category Manager

    CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

    None

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.