Category Manager - Bookworm
Quidsi, Inc. - Jersey City, NJ

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As one of the fastest growing e-commerce companies in the country - Quidsi, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon, owns and operates ten e-commerce websites, the most well-known being Diapers.com (baby care) and Soap.com (health, beauty and household essentials), as well as BeautyBar.com, Wag.com, Casa.com, YoYo.com, Vine.com, AfterSchool.com, Bookworm.com and Look.com. We like to work hard and play hard, always striving to improve our business, our people, our culture and the experience for our customers.

Quidsi is looking for a Merchandising / Category Manager to be responsible for sourcing/buying and merchandising for one of our newest sites, bookworm.com focusing on children’s books. We are looking for the right individual to help us drive category growth and margin through assortment planning, vendor negotiations, onsite merchandising and marketing and inventory management.

Responsibilities
ASSORTMENT PLANNING AND PRICING
· Continue to optimize the assortment, ensuring we are stocking top titles for our core customers
· Perform financial analysis of our categories and competitors to provide insights of sales, pricing, and other ongoing opportunities for growing the business
ON-LINE MERCHANDISING
· Manage the content for all promotional and editorial zones on site
· Drive business through creative email strategy and content
· Use industry and customer knowledge to partner with marketing to develop online and offline marketing strategies
· Develop business rules to support ongoing online merchandising leveraging our online search and merchandising capabilities
· Further optimize the site design and functionality to efficiently sell books to our customer.
VENDOR MANAGEMENT
· Work with existing vendor base to negotiate terms improvement, develop new incentive programs, and ensure a reliable and operationally effective flow of goods to our fulfillment centers
· Ensure profitability by accurate forecasting and close monitoring of margin
INVENTORY & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
· Project sales by SKU, and work with supply chain to purchase inventory required to support sales
· Partner with supply chain team to manage inventory health by ensuring efficient inventory flows (including the forecasting, purchasing, and return of new and catalog products). Involves determining and executing exit strategies for unproductive inventory.
Basic Qualifications

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Three or more years’ experience in a retail role with at least a year of experience in the book/publishing industry.
  • Ability to spot trends (new products, styles, brands) in the marketplace and in merchandise.
  • Great communication skills (both oral and written.)
  • Superb business judgment with a desire to build and manage their own business.
  • Work well in and lead cross-functional teams, e.g., operations, planning, supply chain, etc. to drive business goals.
  • A track record of developing new vendor relationships with strong negotiation and relationship management (both internal and external) skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously in a highly demanding and often ambiguous environment, with strong attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical acumen and comfortable generating and evaluating various forecasts, analyses.
  • Understanding of key metrics, including markup, margin, sell thru, open to buy and seasonal demand curves.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills while managing multiple priorities effectively and efficiently.
  • Knowledge of MS Office (particularly Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), as well as an agility with web-based software applications and internally-developed systems.

Preferred Qualifications

This position is conveniently located in Jersey City, NJ, a four minute ride from the World Trade Center and just outside the Exchange Place PATH Station. Bordering the Hudson River, our offices have spectacular panoramic views of Manhattan and New Jersey.

Quidsi Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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