Category Manager Home Improvement Products

  • Location: Vancouver
  • Posting Date: May 25, 2021
  • Job Order ID: 515470
  • Consultant: Trevor Baker
  • Industry: Marketing
Category Manager - Home Improvement Products

Our client is a long standing manufacturer and distributor of owned and represented brands in the home improvement category. Due to enhanced performance in their categories, MacDonald Search Group is seeking a talented Category Manager to assist them in their growth.

The Category Manager will select and develop products, source suppliers, negotiate price, prepare the catalogue, and merchandise the category. The category manager will ensure products are of high quality and delivered on time.

Some of what you will do in this role includes:
  • Monitor and research the category’s market and industry trends
  • Identify new products and product line opportunities
  • Devise long-term development strategies for product lines
  • Develop forecasts as well as analyze and deliver on key metrics to improve inventory management
  • Develop and execute yearly marketing and promotions plan to ultimately build sales and margins
  • Conduct line reviews to increase the profitability of line offerings by filling gaps and eliminating duplication in existing product lines as well as making decisions on end of line items
  • Work closely with suppliers and in-house logistics team to plan purchases in a manner where the right items arrive on time in the right quantity and at the right price
  • Develop and execute purchasing plan in consultation with sales team and management
  • Collaborate with Marketing Department to maintain online sales platform, create marketing materials and ensure consistent packaging or develop new packaging where appropriate
  • Contribute to business development by supporting sales representatives with technical knowledge, formulating presentations for major customers, and explore opportunities with existing customers
  • Continue to source new and exciting products while negotiating the best possible prices to offer customers
  • Coach, mentor and develop a junior Category Manager
You should have most of the following in your background to apply:
  • Product development or buying experience, with a proven track-record of adding value for customers
  • Merchandising experience an asset
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with proven ability to leverage data and analytics
  • Ability to analyze and understand industry trends and build plans around them
  • Ability to work independently and in teams as the situation requires
  • Results oriented with track-record of meeting deadlines
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills
  • Willingness to travel abroad and within North America
  • Proficient in Excel and other MS Office software
If this sounds like an opportunity where you could excel, please apply today!