Meijer is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest, with nearly 200 stores and almost 60,000 employees. As a multi-billion dollar retailer, Meijer is ranked as the 13th largest privately held company in the country.
We have become a respected leader in the competitive retail market by sticking to our core values of customers, competition, family, freshness, and safety & health. Meijer's Midwest geography includes corporate offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Currently, Meijer is looking for a Merchandise Manager - Hardgoods. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for providing leadership and development to Merchandise Buyers, Merchandise Associate Buyers, and coaching Buyers on Merchandise Associate development. Providing strategic and tactical leadership to the team in regards to assortments, pricing, marketing, store presentation and inventory management working with all the necessary support functions (Planning, Store Planning, Marketing, Operations, Product Development and others).
Key responsibilities include:
Driving the strategic direction of the area with the goal to make Meijer the most compelling place for our customers to shop by focusing on pricing, assortment, brands, marketing and store presentation including product development and trend
Collaborating with Planning Managers on plans and forecasting
Visiting stores (both Meijer and competition) and markets regularly to proactively understand assortments, pricing, store presentation and industry trends
Annual Category Planning:
Working with the team on the financial plan
Being responsible for the overall direction and performance of a merchandising category
Approving the category position profile and role
Engaging in the business analytics and providing feedback and strategic direction during category review
Setting the strategy for space allocation and challenging team to optimize space
Providing leadership in Meijer's pricing integrity with the paramount goal of being competitive, and also maximizing sales and direct margin dollars, always putting the customer first
Reviewing pricing analytics with team, leading the process of determining optimal pricing
Leading the marketing allocation process for their area
Evaluating marketing effectiveness (lift over norm in sales and direct margin dollars) and leading changes to drive increases over prior year
Approving Planning Manager's recommended markdown strategy that ties to plan
Informing and elevating markdowns that do not tie to plan to Vice President and (or) Group Vice President
Participating in vendor negotiation for markdown support or returns
Being responsible for strong action-oriented analysis of business in season, post season and long-term planning of category
Using analysis to drive assortment, marketing, pricing and store placement decisions
Utilizing industry information to drive brand and item selection focusing on competing with mass, big box and specialty retail
Driving the grow, maintain, downtrend category designations to create bottom up plans to meet total area financial targets
People Development and Training:
Supervising, training and developing the Merchandise Buyer and Associate Buyer, providing coaching to Buyer on the management of the Merchandise Associate with the goal to develop team members to be promoted
Evaluating team, determining developmental opportunities for team, and being responsible for continuous improvement of team performance
This job profile is not meant to be all inclusive of the responsibilities of this position; may perform other duties as assigned or required.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent retail experience
10+ years of experience in retail industry including buying/inventory with increasing responsibility
In-depth knowledge of the market, business and customer
Superior negotiation, analytical, assortment building skills
Demonstrates strong strategic thinking and tactical disciplines
Strong communication skills
Ability to prioritize what's most important to drive results
Demonstrated expertise of business drivers (pricing, promotion, and assortment)
Demonstrated leadership, motivation, inspiration and ability to challenge/inspire team
Ability to manage team members to business goals
Results focused; uses performance targets and goals to drive own activities as well as lead team success
From category management to marketing to finance to supply chain to store leadership, the variety of careers available at Meijer is as...