Vendor Partnership Category Manager in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 8/1/2019

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Job Description

The Vendor Partnership Category Manager responsibilities include reporting, defining project process and milestones, creating and managing project schedules, pricing research, and competitive assortment research.  This role will assist in developing programs, focusing on the relationship,  for our e-commerce site, stores and DCs to provide the best value for our customers through a combination of quality, ease of application, and availability.

  • 30% - Define project process and milestones and review project deliverables.  Create and manage project schedule(s) efficiently and track progress in completing project milestones across the larger project team.  Take action to direct the analysis and solutions of problems, escalate issues to management and project stakeholders as necessary, prepare and present status reports on a regular basis to management and project stakeholders, make recommendations on areas of improvement to management team.
  • 30% - Drive the merchant strategy for product, promotions, price and availability.  Lead the merchandising goals and objectives to drive sales and profit on a daily basis.  Partner with cross-functional teams to execute plans and modify strategies.     
  •  20% - Partner with Category Managers to execute specific category initiatives. Analyze competitive position and opportunities.  Ongoing Training & Development.
  • 20% - Analyze Sales and Category Trends. Work cross functionally with the business teams on the financial planning and forecasting of the category.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Category Management and Merchandising experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Proficient in MS Office Professional Series (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Proficient in Visio and comfortable creating process maps
  • Proficient in full financial impacts (sales, margin, operations, etc.)
  • Proven experience handling multiple assignments and using strong prioritization skills, ability to work in high-expectation situations providing leadership and collaboration to deliver solutions
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and negotiation skills, ability to make recommendations that drive business growth and organizational efficiency
  • Strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills, ability to effectively present information across all levels of the organization and cultivate relationships with internal and external customers to achieve business objectives


Undergraduate degree in Business

1-3 years minimum buyer experience/assisting buyers/category managers; Additional hands on experience or vendor training in product application a plus.