Job: Category Manager – Velotech, Inc.

Job Title

Category Manager

Company / Organization

Velotech, Inc.

Job Description

Velotech, Inc. is a locally owned business that has operated in Portland since 2002. Velotech is the parent company of BikeTiresDirect, Western Bikeworks, and Trisports.

JOB OVERVIEW: Ultimately responsible for assigned categories inventory levels and turns, revenue and profitability. Manage product assortment lifecycles from first receipt to closeout status.

Drive seasonal strategy for categories of responsibility and create best in class channel relevant assortments specific to our consumer and on trend that drive top line sales and profitability to achieve targets. Build assortments that showcase the breadth of the Velotech brand portfolio, ensuring a balance between commercial and brand objectives.
Build and maintain relationships with cross-functional teams (i.e. marketing, web sales/customer service, retail store, operations) to obtain information necessary to create and execute merchandising strategies.
Identify, develop and execute sales, marketing and promotional opportunities at the category, collection and product level to maximize sales for both pre-season and in season for all entities
Analyze seasonal assortment of products, use the data to create strategy for future seasons, and recommend/execute courses of action.
Interface with retail store to optimize on-floor presentations and inventory turn.
React to changing consumer trends via weekly, monthly, quarterly and seasonal product decisions including being first to market, keeping product in stock at optimal levels, temporary and permanent markdown decisions and driving advertising decisions all while keeping within gross margin targets.

3+ years Purchasing, Procurement, Buying experience.
Proficient in MS Word and data entry.
Advanced Excel skills.
Proficiency in written and spoken English.
BA/BS degree preferred.
Domestic travel for work events.

In depth knowledge of the bicycling lifestyle and industry highly preferred.
Proficiency with Inventory Management Software, Digital Photo Editing Software and MS Office.
Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy of data.
Excellent analytical skills and a thorough understanding of retail math concepts and applications.
Ability to identify, quantify and implement sales opportunities and market trends.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to understand and translate financial data to make recommendations and decisions.
Strong communication, negotiation and presentation skills, written and verbal.
Ability to think strategically, synthesize complex data and develop innovative solutions.
Ability to influence decisions and outcomes cross functionally.
Ability to accept and meet critical deadlines.
Ability to successfully manage multiple distribution channels, each with unique customers and processes.
Experience with, and a thorough understanding of; managing, adhering to, and influencing Open to Buy and KPI’s.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk, and sit for extended periods of time.

The employee will be sitting at a computer for extended periods of time. There will be repetitive motion (filing, typing).

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

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