Home Depot DIVISIONAL MERCHANDISE MANAGER in Atlanta, Georgia
Responsible for setting the merchandising strategy and objectives for a category/categories of merchandise. The Divisional Merchandise Manager influences and drives the overall performance of several categories/classes/subclasses and is responsible for the financial performance of the business including setting sales targets, setting pricing strategies, and sourcing product. This includes deciding assortment strategy from business performance review and guiding marketing efforts with suppliers. As well as, designing supplier management strategy to meet business needs and build long term strategic partnerships for the business. The Divisional Merchandise Manager is responsible for managing all of the merchandising activity in their assigned category.
MAJOR TASKS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:
40% Merchandising Strategy and Long Term Planning: Guides department performance by analyzing tradeoffs across individual merchant agendas to execute overall strategy. This position serves as the primary decision maker in for several categories; responsible for driving the merchandising strategy across multiple Merchants.
40% People Management: Provides leadership to a team of merchants within a functional unit. Manages and reviews decisions made by merchants and senior merchants. Provides guidance for merchants while developing proactive plans and thinking through potential problems
10% Vendor Relationship Management: Participates in regular meetings with vendors to focus on strategic 2-3 year outlook. Addresses vendor relationship management issues as they arise.
5% Succession Planning and Training: Delivers consistent feedback on merchant performance. Acts as the project champion and helps set the overall direction and defines the measures of success.
5% Special Projects: Responsible for key projects impacting the respective category/class/subclass.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Typically reports to Merchandising Vice President
Full responsibility for direct supervision of the work activities of category Merchants, Senior Merchants, and Associate Merchants. Makes recommendations concerning selection, termination, performance appraisal and professional development
ENVIRONMENTAL JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Environment: Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.
Travel: Typically requires overnight travel 5% to 20% of the time.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Must be eighteen years of age or older.
Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.
Education Required: The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a high school diplomas and/or GED.
Years of Relevant Work Experience: 10 years
Physical Requirements: Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions there may be a need to move or lift light articles.
Additional Qualifications: Experience with managing regional and national suppliers. Ability to manage sales typically in excess of $2B. Experience managing a business (financial, operational, process, people, technology etc).
-Bachelor's degree, preferably in business or related field of study
-Management experience in a retail environment
-Proven experience in merchandising execution, visual presentation, new concepts, inventory management, channel management, and supplier management.
-Proven ability to manage large scale projects in a complex environment
-Proven proficiency in both a brick and mortar and online retail environment
-Experience managing several hundred vendors simultaneously
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:
-Advanced understanding of internal and environmental sales drivers
-Understanding of logistics and supply chain processes
-Strong people management skills and leadership ability
-Merchandising and retail planning expertise
-Strong analytical skills
-Expert communication and negotiation skills
-Project execution skills; ability to negotiate pricing terms, co-op and rebate etc
-Comprehensive understanding of relevant products to make purchasing decisions
-Ability and willingness to work in a highly cross-functional environment
-Proficient with Microsoft Office, Specialized with Excel We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
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