Location: Montreal Downtown
We are a leading North American importer and distributor for a broad range of consumer electronics and electrical appliances which we distribute under several major brand names and through the major retail channels.
Currently we are recruiting a motivated, energetic, Category / Product Manager- Buyer for developing / growing and sourcing of new /existing product lines.
This role will appeal to a results-oriented experienced, hands-on Category/Product Manager -Buyer - who enjoys flexibility and is seeking significant challenge in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Identify key products and product lines needed to drive the category
Accountable for sourcing the product in those categories
Develop marketing strategies to promote these specialized products line
Perform price comparison within the industry including retail stores selling similar products
Provide direction, and marketing tools to the Sales/Marketing teams to effectively market and sell the product lines
Work closely with our internal and external sales teams to uncover issues and opportunities on assigned products/ categories.
Maintain vendor relationships including negotiation with suppliers to ensure best price point
Prepare purchase orders and follow up to ensure timely delivery
Attend trade shows to monitor industry trends, identify products and research product line development
Be very familiar with the competitive landscape and ensure our offerings relevance to market
Analyze the results of past purchases and the marketing strategies used, to ensure maximize future productivity and profitability
Forecasting of pricing trends and their impact on future buying activities
Forecasting and recommending likely inventory levels on specialized product lines
Develop the best buying strategies to maintain consistent quality and cost management
Develop a strong positive rapport with our suppliers, internal departments and customers
Monitor and analyze reports to determine the sales and product inventory levels
Caretaker for all assigned products/ categories following up any product quality issues / concerns with other cross-functional teams including production, QA and Sales
Planning, execution & delivery of the product line :
Selection of the assortment and pricing plans
Overseeing timeline delivery
Recommended action plan for item discontinuation and pricing
Limited travel within North America and overseas is required
Minimum 5 years of category management- buying experience in a similar environment is necessary i.e. wholesale distribution or retail.
Minimum 3 years experience with sourcing from Asia
Minimum 3 years experience with responsibility of developing and sourcing for a category or product line
Knowledge of the CE or Appliance industry a major asset
Demonstrated oral/written communication and presentation skills
Good analytical skills and solid technical skills (Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Project, Power Point)
Excellent knowledge of product categories, competitive market place and product sourcing International and related financial business literacy
Demonstrated theoretical/practical knowledge related to marketing and an entrepreneurial spirit
Excellent negotiation skills and a proven track record of successful sales in a buying capacity
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships
Motivated, with a passion for retail and buying of great products
Proficient in using Microsoft office
Effective time management and organizational skills
Co-ordinate multiple interrelated projects concurrently
An entrepreneurial spirit with an eye for extreme value
Experience traveling within North American and Overseas
Interested candidates should forward their resume with a cover letter and salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org .
We thank all of you for your interest but only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.
No phone calls or agencies please.
Career Level: Management
Years of Relevant Experience: 5 Years
Industry: Consumer Products
Job Function: Supply Chain and Logistics