We are looking for a Category Manager to manage a group or category of products for our company.
You will be the one responsible for the pricing and overall promotion of a product category to maximize consumer appeal.
Excellent relationships with vendors and product range management will also be part of your duties.
The goal is to increase the sales and profitability of the business to drive sustainable growth.
You must have extensive experience in understanding consumer needs and the retail environment. They must have a commercial mindset and full comprehension of marketing and sales principles.
Exceptional communication skills are also key for category managers. You will work collaboratively with a team of product designers, in-house sales, and manufacturers currently based in Ontario, California, and China.
-Analyze data or insights to determine industry and consumer trends
-Devise long-term development strategies for product categories
-Develop exit strategies for unsuccessful products
-Foster trust relationships with vendors to achieve better pricing and quality of services
-Place appropriate orders to ensure product availability that meets consumer demands
-Determine the positioning of a product category to maximize visibility
-Liaise with marketing teams to determine competitive pricing and promotional activities of a product category
-Collaborate with our existing buyers and merchandisers to expand product categories (such as Wal-mart, Wayfair, etc); and also explore new relationships with buyers for our Omni channels.
-Make forecasts for product demand to ensure the sustainability of inventory
-Assume responsibility of budget development and revenue for the category
-Proven experience as category manager or similar role
-Solid knowledge of category management, marketing, and sales principles
-Understanding of data analysis and forecasting methods
-Proficient in MS Office
-An analytical mind with a strategic ability
-Excellent communication and people skills
-BSc/BA in business administration, marketing, or related field
-Fluency in Mandarin is a plus.
-Having experience at a furniture/home/lifestyle company is a plus.