Staples Associate Category Merchant in Framingham, Massachusetts


The Associate Category Merchant is responsible for managing Technology categories for Dotcom. This includes assortment planning, merchandise and vendor selection, negotiation, financial planning, inventory impact implications, advertising plans, merchandise presentation, distribution, vendor relations and administration for assigned lines. With guidance from manager develops and executes strategies for driving sales and margin, and competitive differentiation.

Primary Duties andResponsibilities

  • Develop deep understanding of customer needs and shoppingbehavior as well as upcoming trends and brands in the marketplace.

  • With support from DMM, develop and execute strategy to driveTechnology businesses utilizing vendor and industry share information.

  • Responsible for selecting itemsand vendors and presenting to DMM for approval. With manager approval negotiatewith vendors for lower total delivered cost, volume incentives, rebates,advertising and other applicable allowances. Meet with vendors in developmentof marketing plans.

  • With direction from manager:merchandise assigned line(s) to ensure service levels with minimum inventoryinvestment and maximum gross margin. Effectively manage impact on total supplychain by leveraging knowledge of inventory turns and logistics.

  • Review and approve financial anditem forecasts with Planners. Responsible for all financials of the categoryand must be able to present understanding of the numbers to upper management.

  • Work with Marketing, Ecommerce,Inventory Management, and other functional areas as needed to achieve corporategoals. Partner with private label team to transition category and develop newon trend product at utmost quality.

  • Develop ability to utilizeappropriate resources to gather data.

  • Interpret financial statements,total costs to NPD data, financials levers and metrics used in Merchandising tounderstand current and future trends. Identify exceptions and seek additional information when data discrepancies are found.


  • Bachelor Degree

  • Minimum of 3 yearstotal experience in buying related functions (buying-Merchandising, Planning,Inventory management). Buying andPlanning experience required. Inventoryexperience preferred and Store experience preferred.

  • General knowledgeof industry trends, assortment planning, Planograms, customer buying patterns,inventory management, logistics and marketing techniques.

  • Knowledge andunderstanding of financial analysis and forecasting.

  • Negotiation skills.

  • Influencing skills,verbal and written communication skills.

  • PC literate withthe ability to develop and manipulate spreadsheets.

  • Ability to drivesales and margin results.

  • Ability to buildpartnerships.

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.