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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Health Care Provider
Assistant Category Manager
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SEARS | Schaumburg, IL
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Job Description

Job Description Req/Job ID: 973865BR

Employing Entity: Sears Holdings Management Corporation

Employment Category: Regular, Full-time

Job Function: Procurement

Store ID: 58491: Sears Holdings Management Corp

The Assistant Category Manager assists the Category Manager in driving profitable sales growth by providing planning and execution excellence for their categories.


Partnership, Planning and Communication

* Interprets category strategies to determine and execute optimal go-to-market actions.
* Supports Category Manager in developing business plans.
* Works with Vendor Direct vendors to execute, track and manage online assortment for profitable growth, including negotiating product costs, reviewing product hierarchies/taxonomy and developing marketing events.
* Partners with vendors, Marketplace teams and store buying teams to analyze data and recommend assortment optimizations.
* Partners with Sears & Kmart Store Buyers to leverage existing store assortment to drive online category sales/margin performance and execute shared marketing promotions/pricing to drive cohesive omni-channel experience.
* Communicates category business plan needs for assortment and promotions across the organization (including Online Merchants, Store Buyers, Merch Ops, online product management, offshore and promotions teams) to ensure plans are implemented.
* Understands the category assortment at a granular level, including items, online content and product flow, and is responsible to work across the organization to ensure their excellent execution.
* May manage select sub categories under the direction of the Category Manager.

Analytics and Systems

* Responsible for accurate, timely inputs and outputs using financial, online, promotional, product and other system tools.
* Analyzes appropriate internal, external, and consumer data to ensure business plans are implemented to meet plan and are in accordance with schedule.
* Executes promotional strategy using multiple tools and communications.
* Conducts financial and KPI analysis to test and measure results.
* Identifies and updates assortment and product information.


* Bachelor's degree with a minimum of two years support experience in merchandising or merchandise planning or equivalent
* Solid understanding of the buying process including analysis, buying, trends, taste levels, and rapid response
* Strong negotiation skills to gain alignment on actions that positively affect bottom-line results
* Strong listening, interpersonal and communication skills for sending and receiving clear upward, downward, and horizontal messages
* Ability to analyze financial and business information to communicate and improve business results
* Ability to work well with others as a team player.
* Proficiency in the use of desktop applications, windows-based programs including excel and enterprise applications, and cloud serviced support tools.
* Retail math literacy and financial forecasting and/or trend analysis experience.




Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer with almost 2,500 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada and the home of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through ShopYourWay.com. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, fitness equipment and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, with a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, the Kardashian Kollection, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as Sofia by Sofia Vergara and The Country Living Home Collection. We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually, and have a long-established commitment to those who serve in the military through initiatives like theHeroes at Home program. We have been named the 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year, Recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR " Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award" for Product Retailing and Energy Management and was named one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation.

Great talent makes good business and for over 100 years, this has been true for Sears brands. At Sears Holdings Corporation, it is about opportunity, opportunity for your talent to be recognized and to grow. Sears Holdings is committed to improving the lives of our members by providing quality services, products, and solutions that earn their trust and build lifelong relationships. Our associates are at the heart of our company and we value teamwork, integrity, and positive energy. Sears Holdings has opportunities for you whether you are an experienced professional, have been called to serve or recently discharged from the military, a recent college graduate, a student looking for an internship, or searching for an entry level position. Join our team of dedicated, talented associates and build an exciting career with Sears Holdings, an American tradition.