24 days old

Merchandising Product Specialist (Entry Level)

Framingham, MA 01701
**Position Summary:**

This position is an integral component of the Buy-Side Merchandising department supporting the Category Merchant. Responsible for assisting merchant in delivering budgeted metrics to drive profitability for the company, while offering a unique and optimal product assortment to service all Business Units and customer. This role will take direction from buyer in supporting all buy-side responsibilities, including: sku set-up process (start to finish) and maintenance, building and managing Master Assortment tracker, deviations, site content, and working with all cross-functional partners.

**Primary Responsibilities:**

+ Support Category Merchant in all aspects of the Buy Side role: responsible for acting as Merchant when needed

+ Managing deviations: assist merchant in negotiating with vendors, tracking deviation spends, performing profitability analysis (customer and vendor level)

+ Assist merchant in:

+ Managing a Master Assortment: building and tracking assortment across all BU counterparts

+ Vendor Program Negotiations: support merchant in all necessary prep work and execution (pulling programs, sending Kick-Off templates, etc.) as well as processing completed programs and ongoing cost changes

+ Communicating cross-functionally: Sell-Side, all BU Counterparts (.com, SBA, Quill, Essendant, HiTouch, and other acquisitions), Inventory + Planning, SBG, Vendor Management, etc.

+ Work closely with Sell Side/Quill/Retail counterparts on:

+ Managing any assortment changes (activations, inactivations, discontinued/end-of-life skus, new offerings, etc.)

+ Updating necessary information in AS400 and/or Staples.com/SBA.com websites

+ Processing and communicating any cost increases with PCW Process

+ Execute any sku-level operations (set-up, content, curation)

+ Responsible for financial review of vendor and analysis of vendor and assortment, and any other ad hoc reporting as requested by merchant

**Qualifications :**


+ Bachelor's Degree or 1-2+ years relevant comparable work experience required

+ Ability to work independently and execute across multiple groups

+ Good verbal and written communication skills necessary

+ Leadership mentality

+ Organized, proactive personality, ability to multi-task

+ Skilled in Microsoft Suite

_Staples is The Worklife Fulfillment Company, helping businesses of all sizes be more productive, connected and inspired. With dedicated account teams, category professionals, innovative brands and a curated product assortment for business, Staples provides customized solutions to help organizations achieve their goals. Interested in joining the team? Check out our_ _perks and benefits_ _!_

_Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law._


Posted: 2021-03-26 Expires: 2021-05-09

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