Senior Category Manager (Barrie, ON, CA)

3 months ago 15

Date: Mar 3, 2022

Location: Barrie, ON, CA

Company: Bell

Req Id: 352258

The Source is Canada’s largest tech retailer, and every day we come into work excited to share cool tech and amazing brands with our fellow Canadians. From your local shopping centre to cool music festivals, we are where Canadians live, work and play.

Every day our Associates across the country help Canadians find the tech they want and need.  The Source is a great place to work and we are committed to your development through best in class training programs that help you do your best. Behind our in-store Associates is a supporting team of professionals who curate our product assortment, ensure on-time deliveries, create engaging marketing campaigns and help keep our systems running at peak capacity.

We are passionate about what we do and look for individuals with their own passion, curiosity and genuine helpfulness to join us!

As the Senior Category Manager, you will plan and execute strategies to drive sustained sales growth across assigned categories. You are accountable for evaluating, purchasing and pricing products, as well as managing inventory levels and the product lifecycle to ensure the category meets projected sales, margin and profitability objectives. The role of Senior Consultant, Merchandising – Category Strategy is responsible for championing the largest categories  across the business and partnering with cross-functional teams on key strategies, tactics and projects to deliver on your category goals.

  • Conduct market research and competitor analysis to identify opportunities to improve the business. Periodically scan the market and assess the need for new product and new category opportunities.
  • Develop an annual business strategies, tactics and assortment plans, outlining key insights and related strategies to achieve sales and margin plan. Develop core positioning for the products in the category and communicate them to the broader business.
  • Champion category priorities across the business by working with internal / external partners on key strategies, partnerships, tactics and projects for the category. Work closely with other departments for execution of in-store merchandising, promotions, online marketing initiatives and training of retail staff.
  • Source vendors and maintain positive mutually beneficial relationships. Nurture vendor relationships to drive strong partnership and drive mutual growth. Partner with vendors to obtain incentives and promotional packages to drive competitive pricing in market. Negotiate vendor contracts.
  • Manage the lifecycle of all products in the category. Effectively manage product lifecycle, and develop and execute exit strategies for under-performing, aged, and end of life (EOL) products that mitigate impact to category financials. Manage and maximize revenue and profitability for the assigned category.
  • Conduct pricing analysis to ensure products in the assigned category are always priced competitively.
  • Manage category MDF account, ensuring account is balanced and promotional spend is strategically managed to deliver on core category, pricing and promotional objectives.

Key Skills & Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in Product or Category Management, preferably in electronics retail.
  • Post-secondary education or equivalent work experience in Business and/or Consumer Electronics.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Understanding of retail, and accounting/finance.
  • Project management, prioritization, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, exceed targets and maintain accuracy in a fast-paced, dynamic setting.
  • Experience in negotiation with vendors/suppliers.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Ability to package and articulate plans, strategies and tactics to senior leadership team.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite.


Position Type: Management
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Job Location: Canada : Ontario : Barrie || Canada : Ontario : Mississauga 

Flexible work profile: Mobile
Application Deadline: 03/08/2022

Bilingualism is an asset (English and French); adequate knowledge of French is required for positions in Quebec. 

As Canada's favourite tech retailer you have the opportunity to work close to home - and we're also proud to offer a competitive compensation package that includes an extensive recognition and rewards program, career development opportunities, multi-faceted training programs, competitive medical and dental benefits, charity and volunteer opportunities and of course, associate discounts!

The Source celebrates and embraces diversity as part of our culture. We strive to be an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment that supports both our internal and external customers, ensuring everyone feels valued and respected. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in any aspects of the selection process. For a confidential inquiry, simply email your recruiter directly or to make arrangements.

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