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Category Specialist – Technology

Staples Canada Inc.

This is a Contract position in Victoria, BC posted July 14, 2021.

Who we are As the Working and Learning Company, we at Staples Canada, are dynamic, inspiring partners to our customers and the communities in which we live.

At Staples, we inspire people to work smarter, learn more and grow every day.

We look for people who are curious, approachable and passionate, and who enjoy finding solutions.

If that’s you, let’s work, learn and grow together.

We are building an inclusive and diverse team Staples Canada is creating an inclusive and diverse work environment.

We welcome, value and thrive on perspectives and contributions from backgrounds that vary by race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion or physical ability.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Some of what you will do As Category Specialist, you will be accountable to meet financial sales and gross margin targets for their categories.

Working collaboratively with the Category Manager, you will assist in sourcing and building assortments, developing promotions, setting pricing, and delivering best-in-class presentation to drive sustained growth and capture market share.

This role will partner closely with across our Merchandise, Strategy, Planning and Allocation teams.

Each day will be fast-paced, challenging, rewarding and meaningful.

Specifically, you will: Develop channel-relevant assortments leveraging solid analytics, industry trends and vendor/brand insights.

Develop and help negotiate funding for promotions to drive sales and margin Onboard and set up new SKUs by collecting all required content from vendor partners and following established set-up guidelines Work with the planograming department to ensure inline presentation aligns with category strategies, keeping the customer shopping experience top-of-mind.

Work collaboratively with members of the marketing and web operations teams to plan marketing based on activity calendar Submit and assist with proofing of all marketing material for your category Work closely with Inventory Team to plan merchandise needed to support promotions.

As a subject matter expert, ensure that Store/FC/Sales associates and other departments receive timely updates with respect to new, changing, or discontinued product.

Provide support to any customer-facing associates as needed regarding special orders, damages, RTV’s and general category/vendor/brand inquiries, responding to all inquiries in a timely manner.

Work closely on a day to day basis to build and maintain strong partnerships with our vendors Some of what you need Minimum of 1-3 years of previous retail management, purchasing or merchandising experience.

Post secondary diploma with a focus on retail management, merchandising and purchasing or equivalent experience.

University degree or certification in a related field is preferred.

Introductory business/financial acumen Understanding of basic merchandising and marketing strategies.

Basic negotiating skills Required to commit necessary time to fluctuating priorities and meet the demands of the position.

Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint (Access recommended) Curious Approachable Passionate Problem solver Some of what you will get Associate discount Health and Dental benefits RRSP/DPSP Performance bonuses Learning & Development programs And more Additional Information Office Environment (Hybrid working model, working from home and the office.)

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