Division Merchandise Manager - Auto/DIY/Hardware
Meijer - Grand Rapids, MI

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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:
Strategic Responsibilities:
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

Space Planning:
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

Management experience

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

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Meijer is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest, with over 200 stores and more than 60,000 employees. Our...