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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 2:17 AM

Job Description
Primary Purpose
The Merchandising Manager Level 2 is responsible for supplier selection, product assortment, implementation of strategies and tactics, growing sales and increasing profitability of assigned product classes in line with total category objectives. This role establishes effective working relationships with key vendors and maximizes supplier negotiations. This role is responsible for product selection for all marketing vehicles inclusive of promotional item selection, negotiations and pricing.
Primary Responsibilities
:Manage and develop Key/Core/High Profile Supplier Relationships
:Own and develop Category Plans for Strategic Categories in conjunction with Leadership
:Approx level of Product Line ownership 50MM : 100MM Annually
:Responsible for assisting and contributing to the development and creation of the total category / product strategies, objectives and tactics. This position will be accountable for driving the performance of product classes and items within the respective category.
:Develop a complete range of tactics and initiatives in driving business growth and profitability. Accountable for gross margin / return on investment for assigned category.
:Maximizes assortment breadth and depth through selection of suppliers and products. Work closely with key suppliers to develop actionable plans designed to improve sales, profits and brand positioning.
:Responsible for supporting comprehensive marketing plans and initiatives designed to achieve product category goals including promotions, incentives, PR, education and training, trade shows and catalogs.
:Evaluates alternative and potential categories, products and suppliers based on programs, pricing, market trends, product offering, quality and capacity including discounts, rebates and advertising funds to service Essendant and its key customers.
:Negotiate and control all product costs. Negotiate all aspects of supplier programs, promotions, payment, freight terms and return policies. Responsible to monitor and communicate supplier performance. Support the strategy, growth and development of Essendants private brands within assigned category.
:Develop effective cross:functional relationships within the organization in order to effectively accomplish the responsibilities of the function. Relationships include but are not limited to the following teams: Marketing, Marketing Services, Sales, Advertising, Customer Care, Operations, Information Technology and Finance.
:Manages people, processes, budgets, performance management, compliance activities, and associate development as required by the job.
:Understands and demonstrates Essendants Core Values.
:Performs other duties as assigned
:Strong analytical and decision making skills
:Excellent communication skills with the ability to work across functions
:Capacity for creative thinking in negotiating or problem solving atmosphere
:Exceptional organizational skills and strong attention to detail
:Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with business partners, clients prospects, subcontractors, and consultants.
:Expert abilities in Microsoft Office Suite software including MS Project, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
:Bachelors Degree : Business or related discipline
:5+ years experience in merchandising or product management
Company Description
At Essendant Inc., it is our intention to be the fastest and most convenient solution for workplace essentials. To do this, we need exceptionally talented, bright, innovative and driven employees. If you would like to be part of the team that helps unlock the potential of our customer:partners and those they serve, this is your chance to be involved. Essendant Inc. is a leading national wholesale distributor of workplace essentials, with consolidated net sales of 5.3 billion. Essendant stocks a broad assortment of over 160,000 products, including


• Location: Tulsa

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