Category Product Associate

Essendant Deerfield , IL 60015

Posted 2 months ago

Major Responsibilities

  • Responsible for assisting and contributing in 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 assigned category.

  • Responsible to 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.

  • Responsible to maintain cost pricing on current, new and promotional items. Accountable to maintain contact and suggested replacement and ''cross sell'' / ''up sell'' data base.

  • Responsible to work effectively with the Inventory Planning functions within the assigned category in sku optimization and rationalization.

  • Accountable for the design and implementation of supplier-specific programs and promotions.

  • Provide recommendations on strategic program direction based on sound ROI analysis.

  • Conduct catalog reviews for customer marketing vehicles and assist Category Product Manager in catalog reviews for United Stationers marketing vehicles.

  • Conduct on-going market research and analysis to formulate recommendations to the Category Product Manager.

  • Responsible for allocation of supplier marketing funding and negotiation of incremental funding to support execution of Category Marketing initiatives.

  • Manage the development of front-end ''Web products'', meaning the Web features/applications like Product Presentation, Search Capabilities, Product Selection & Organization.

  • Understands and demonstrates Essendant's Core Values.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Ability to work independently and is self-motivated and proactive in achieving individual and team objectives

  • Strong analytical and decision making skills

  • Capacity for creative thinking in negotiating or problem solving atmosphere

  • Strong organizational, written and oral communication skills

  • In depth knowledge of Office Products Marketplace and industry trends desired

  • High level of computer proficiency in Microsoft Office; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook - Fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Access

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably Marketing or other Business discipline

  • Minimum 3 years in a business analyst or associate marketing manager role in a customer centric, marketing driven environment

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