Staples Merchandise Product Specialist in worcester, Massachusetts

Position Overview:

The Merchandising department at Staples manages the product assortment in our retail stores, online and for our contract business. Merchandising is in charge of bringing in the most exciting products at the right prices and quantities to ultimately drive sales, profit, and to deliver the best customer experience. This group works closely with external vendors including Martha Stewart, HP and 3M. As a member of the Merchandising group, you will work with different departments around Staples including Staples Brands Group, Strategy, Finance, Marketing and Store Operations. As a Merchandising Product Specialist your primary responsibility is to manage SKU and vendor set-up, conduct market research and support the Merchandise Buyer.

Product Specialist Categories you may be considered for : Furniture & Breakroom, Janitorial, Facilties, Ink & Toner, Paper, Shredders, Office Products and Essentials, Technology, Toys, Backpacks and School Supplies

Responsibilities:

  • Attend vendor meetings to collaborate on business plans and gain exposure to new products.

  • Work closely with vendors and internal teams to launch new to market products.

  • Proactively manage the SKU and Vendor set up and maintenance process

  • Communicate new information to Planners and Inventory Analysts

  • Conduct market research, gather industry data, track trends, competitive shopping

  • Obtain samples and assist with POG, Promo set up at the Lab

  • Process RTV’s, price changes, price protection, coupons/rebates, and markdowns

  • Retrieve/source financial data/reports to conduct weekly/seasonal reviews of performance with Buyer

  • Keep assortment planner/promotion/ad templates updated and organized to track and plan business

  • With support from the Buyer, manage the Ad Sign off process

  • Collaborate frequently with other departments in Merchandising

Basic Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in business or marketing

  • Requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Strong Microsoft Office skills

  • Strong Excel skills; ability to use a pivot table

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passionate about retail and merchandising

  • Retail Experience

  • Enjoy working in teams and being highly communicative

  • Able to multi-task and be flexible to new initiatives

Work Authorization:

Staples will not sponsor candidates for work visas of any kind, now or in the future, for this position.

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.