GNC Category Merchant, Protein in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Job Summary

POSITION SUMMARY:

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.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

Job Specifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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