25 days old

Merchandising Project Specialist

Framingham, MA 01701
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This position is an integral component of the Merchandising department supporting the Category Merchant. Responsible for delivering budgeted metrics to drive profitability for the company, while offering a unique and optimal product & services assortment to service all Business Units and customer. This role is an Associate Category Merchant in training for future Buying roles and will work cross-functionally and be held to specific performance metrics. Also responsible for additional ad hoc projects supporting the Commercial Software and IT Solutions Team.



**What youll be doing:**



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

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

+ Ownership of (at minimum) one department with little oversight from Merchant: working closely with team to delivery budgeted sales and profit metrics (P&L), assortment decisions, held accountable to achieving CPI targets, and all aspects of the Vendor program and relationship. Includes:



1. Managing a Master Assortment: aligning with company strategy to provide the right assortment for our customers at the best costs, negotiating exclusive products from our vendors

2. Lead person for vendor program negotiations and relationships: identifying savings opportunity for Staples through vendor negotiations, managing needs of all BUs

3. Point person for cross-functional relationships: Sales Teams, all BU Counterparts (.com, SBA, Quill, Essendant, HiTouch, and other acquisitions), Vendor Management, etc.



+ In depth and proactive financial analysis for buyer and total BE portfolio: vendor profitability analysis, identifying lower cost product alternatives

+ Lead ad hoc projects depending on Services & Software need

+ Go to and trainer for product specialists in all systems



**Qualifications :**



**Whats needed- Basic Qualifications:**



+ Ability to work independently and execute across multiple groups

+ Good verbal and written communication skills necessary

+ Leadership mentality

+ Strong financial acumen

+ Organized, proactive personality, ability to multi-task

+ Negotiation experience preferred

+ Skilled in Microsoft Suite



**Whats needed- Preferred Qualifications:**



+ Bachelors Degree



**We Offer:**



+ Inclusive culture with associate-led Business Resource Groups

+ Flexible PTO (22 days) and Holiday Schedule (7 observed paid holidays)

+ Online and Retail Discounts, Company Match 401(k), Physical and Mental Health Wellness programs, and more **perks and benefits (https://careers.staples.com/Staples-Life/Benefits)**



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_Staples believes Inclusion is a verb and we encourage diversity of thinking and ideas as well as backgrounds and experiences. 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._

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Posted: 2022-06-10 Expires: 2022-07-10

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