Assistant Category Manager in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 11/21/2020

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Job Posting Title

Assistant Category Manager

Job Description Summary

Responsible for supporting the Category Manager in the execution of the Category Management strategy.  Work with suppliers and cross functional teams to develop best in class product offerings. Provide analyses to understand business trends and support company initiatives. Develop product expertise and become the subject matter expert for the products managed including expertise on competitors and manufacturers.  High level individual contributor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Utilize a category management approach to developing efficient product offerings that will maximize sales growth and GMROI performance.
  • Analyze sales & category trends and make recommendations on how to improve.
  • Monitor supplier performance and take corrective action with high sense of urgency.
  • Partner with internal partners to ensure the successful development and launch of category plans, ensuring flawless execution.
  • Become the subject matter expert for the products managed utilizing visits to vendors, AAP stores and DCs, competitor’s stores and websites.
  • Work with suppliers to ensure Advance is first to market with late model application parts including setting up new SKUs, determining pricing and stocking levels.
  • Work with suppliers, catalog and content team to ensure products are easy to find in our electronic catalog and accurately presented.
  • Improve inventory efficiency and GMROI by reducing redundant SKU coverage where possible
  • Partner with legal and contracts team to set up new suppliers and update contracts with current suppliers.
  • Respond to internal and external customer inquiries quickly to resolve issues and provide best in class customer service.
  • Create PowerPoint presentations to communicate business performance to Sr. Leadership.
  • Collaborate with internal partners including: Pricing, Marketing, Inventory, Independents, Accounting, Communications, Legal, Cataloging, Content, Product Information and Merchandising Science.
  • Must be willing to work in a team environment to support overall business objectives.
  • Must have strong attention to detail.
  • Must have ability to multi-task and handle several projects at once.
  • Must have good organization skills.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

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.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Undergraduate degree in Business Administration preferred or equivalent work experience

3+ years of experience in Microsoft Excel, Outlook

3+ years of experience in Vendor Relations, Negotiations, Financial Literacy/Pricing, Category Management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

PREFERRED

1+ years’ experience working in Automotive Aftermarket or National Retailer environment

1+ years’ experience in a Merchandising or Product Management environment

1+ years’ experience in presenting to Sr. Leadership

1+ years’ experience using Business Intelligence Software (Power BI, Answers), and MS PowerPoint

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.