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Category Manager

Company: FleetPride
Location: Irving
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Job Description:

FleetPride is the largest after-market distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts in the U.S. with some of the best and brightest people in the business! Partner with the best in the heavy-duty industry and apply today!

With more than 260 locations in 46 states, FleetPride is the nation's largest independent distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts. FleetPride seeks a Category Manager to manage a portfolio of heavy-duty components and systems to ensure the correct assortment of products and brands and to grow awareness of FleetPride's branded and private label products. This individual will partner with teams across the organization to develop campaigns and collateral to increase awareness, educate and accelerate sales conversions in a growth environment. The ideal candidate must be able to develop a creative product assortment vision and support it, having the ability to effectively work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment and be comfortable working cross-functionally with other departments.

Summary

The Category Manager is responsible for developing and promoting a compelling assortment that drives sales, margin and differentiation in the industry. Specific responsibilities include vendor negotiation & relationship management, assortment strategy, sourcing and working closely with the pricing and marketing departments. This position reports to the Director of Category Management and is located at the company's headquarters in Las Colinas.

Responsibilities

  • Strategy and Planning. Partner with SMEs and suppliers in order to conduct industry and competitive analysis to understand customer needs and develop near and long-term strategies for assigned categories. Lead periodic, cross-functional line reviews that define assortment, marketing, sourcing, and supply strategies that drive sales and increase overall margins. Leverage sales trends, spend analytics, external market intelligence, and competitive information to enable fact-based decision making. Accountable for full lifecycle management.
  • Product Lifecycle. Be the industry expert in your category. Own the product category from cradle to grave, partnering with suppliers or internal resources to develop and produce innovative products and developing a competitive strategy. As necessary, travel to manufacturing facilities to understand supplier processes and capabilities. Engage with Marketing & Communications to ensure field sales force and end customers are aware of product offerings.
  • Supplier Management. Own relationships with suppliers, driving negotiations and partnership in order to optimize product offering in assigned categories. Ensure suppliers are performing to contracted service levels.

    Key Attributes

    • 2+ years of experience with category management including product line reviews, planning, and product specification across a series of categories (or) 2+ years of experience in heavy-duty parts sales and/or management
    • Ability to review and analyze data, business KPI's and supplier performance reporting
    • Experience integrating people and processes with systems including ERP and POS applications
    • Possesses strong commercial acumen, negotiation skills, and track record for capturing value
    • Facilitation of product pricing and marketing initiatives; ability to make fact-based decision making and naturally seek to leverage sales data, spend analytics, and competitive intelligence
    • Ability to engage with suppliers to improve product line performance and plan for future product line expansion
    • Ability to communicate across multiple departments in order to gain consensus on projects and goals
    • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills; comfortable and credible with executive audience, internal stakeholders, and external audiences
    • A flexible, dynamic, self-demanding and proactive individual; able to motivate him/herself and others; a natural bias for action and ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment

      • Other Qualifications
        • Bachelor's degree or 4+ years of equivalent experience preferred
        • Able to travel up to 20 %


          FleetPride is the leader in the industry comprised of retail, service, distribution and wholesale divisions.

Keywords: FleetPride, Irving , Category Manager, Executive , Irving, Texas

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