Employment type: Full-time
City: Montréal
Last visit: 2014-06-06
Author's ads: 1

Posted: 2014-06-06




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.

Position Summary:

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 .  


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