GNC Category Merchant, Protein in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Category Merchant, Protein is responsible for developing and executing a profitable, customer-focused merchandising and assortment strategy, utilizing core merchandising competencies. This person is responsible for the assigned specific strategic, merchandise categories; they have the full scope of responsibility for attaining budgeted sales, gross margin, and building market share within the category. The position operates within the Merchandising and collaborates with the cross functional teams supporting the business including product development, science, store operations, marketing, pricing, finance, legal and inventory planning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
building market share within the category. The position operates within the Merchandising and collaborates with the cross functional teams supporting the business including product development, science, store operations, marketing, pricing, finance, legal and inventory planning.
Develops and manages assortment across national brands and GNC proprietary brands using industry and consumer insights to develop customer-focused merchandising strategies.
Manages the Lifecycle for all of the products in the category
Ability to develop deep understanding of category performance, perform category reviews and identify opportunities for growth
Develops category wide merchandising strategies including in store merchandising, marketing and promotional planning and advertising
Builds Visual Merchandising Strategy and eCommerce experience that will support the sales, margin and turn objectives
Manages and builds vendor relationship; establishes and maintains effective vendor partnerships that strengthen industry relationships as well as product and trend knowledge
Monitors and analyzes competitive landscape to identify new trends and opportunities, evaluates merchandise assortments, evaluates competitive pricing, and translates findings into executable tactics to ensure competitiveness.
Establishes and maintains effective relationships with cross functional teams
Cross functional collaboration across marketing, store operations, finance, training and other areas of the company
Works closely with product development and science teams to develop innovative, high quality and best in class proprietary GNC brands and products
Prepare and present business plans to cross functional teams, peers and executive leadership teams.
All other duties as assigned
Bachelor's Degree in Business, Marketing, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the key accountabilities of the job required
Advanced degree (MBA, Master's) preferred
8+ years progressive merchandise experience required
5+ years in a leadership role (direct or indirect)
Prior managerial/supervisory experience
High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications
Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning)
Solid understanding and application of mathematical concepts
Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients
Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management
Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to read, write, and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos
Ability to work overtime as necessary
General Nutrition Centers International is an Equal Opportunity Employer