MERCHANT - PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (Decor)
Home Depot - Atlanta, GA

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POSITION PURPOSE

Responsible for driving the strategic objectives of global product development to deliver new product or services to market. This role will have responsibility for purchasing merchandise sourced for specific departments. Achieve Y-O-Y product vitality while also driving industry leading deflation.

MAJOR TASKS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

40% Drive product innovation/vitality by identifying globally competitive products and services in order to drive sustained growth across specific departments. Responsible for providing customized, cost-effective quality products to remain competitive utilizing knowledge of private label sourcing expertise to drive sales and profitability.

20% Identify and qualify domestic and international vendors in order to develop and manufacture globally competitive private label products that meet The Home Depot s global customer demands and quality expectations.

20% Work closely with each business/merchant teams to drive product selection and line reviews, negotiate, prepare & execute supplier contracts and contract compliance. Conduct supplier capacity/capability studies; measure & manage supplier performance. Manage and consolidate supply base as appropriate to improve sourcing effectiveness.

20% Work closely with product and design engineering, global merchant leaders, and sourcing quality teams to identify critical to quality flow-down characteristics in order to drive supplier processes and specifications for product development including, packaging, safety and environmental issues

NATURE AND SCOPE
Reports to DMM
No associates report to this role on a permanent basis, but requires the leadership of a work group: assign and review work, train and contribute to performance appraisal (but not hiring, firing or disciplinary action).

ENVIRONMENTAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Must be eighteen years of age.
Must pass the Drug Test.
Must pass the Background Check.
Must pass pre-employment tests if applicable.

EDUCATION REQUIRED

The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree program or equivalent degree in a field of study related to the job.

YEARS OF RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE - 6

PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

Requires intermittent periods during which continuous physical exertion is required, such as walking, standing, stooping, climbing, lifting material or equipment, some of which may be heavy or awkward.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of retail and sourcing processes; in-depth understanding of international sourcing of private label brands

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
MBA
Bachelors Degree - Engineering disciplines or Finance/Business, Global Sourcing experience.
Ability to source and select suppliers and draft contracts.
Must have strong quantitative, & data analysis skills, project management and process improvement skills.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND COMPETENCIES
The successful candidate MUST be a change agent with the ability to influence at all levels of the business; he/she must have excellent communication, presentation & facilitation skills, and a self-starter.
Ability & willingness to travel are essential elements of this position.
Six Sigma BB Certification is a plus.
Understanding of supply chain process domestic and international

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