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Category Specialist Oral Care
Category Specialist - Oral Care (Job Number: 020042)
This is a very exciting time at Walgreens. We’re taking our products and services to the four corners of the world as part of the Retail USA division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Walgreens Boots Alliance was formed through the combination of Walgreens and Europe’s Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services dating back more than 100 years each.
Today, Walgreens is the neighborhood drugstore and retailer that makes health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach. And, we remain a trusted wellness provider offering convenient access to important health services, such as immunizations and an array of pharmacy services that can help patients improve their health. To our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Join us at Walgreens and find yourself at a place where innovation thrives and incredible career and growth opportunities await. We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment and be part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, employees, and the communities we all call home.
Reporting directly to a Category Manager collaborates with the Category Manager(s) to select merchandise and services that increase company sales and profits. Responsible for providing the necessary merchandising, promotional plans and programs, and distribution services to assure that merchandise meets consumer and store needs. With direction or input from the Category Manager, develops and implements merchandising techniques and procedures.
Plans, develops, and recommends sales, gross profit level, inventory control, and merchandise turnover objectives for the assigned department(s) and item(s).
Develops merchandising, display, advertising, distribution, and sales plans and programs for the Category Manager's (CM) item(s) and merchandise department(s).
Collaborates with the retail pricing group to determine competitive pricing, additions, revisions, or deletion of items, lines, or departments.
Collaborates with CM to establish minimum store order quantities for new and promotional merchandise, and recommends minimum shelf stock quantities.
Collaborates with Supply Chain to determine item forecasts and maintain appropriate item inventory levels.
Plans, develops, recommends, and coordinates the implementation of co-op advertising and promotional programs.
Analyzes and evaluates internal and external market research information, and sales and merchandise turnover to ensure the proper merchandise and merchandise mix for CM’s or DMM’s item(s) and merchandise department(s) for both store and warehouse. Works with MPA (Merchandise Planning Analyst) in understanding and applying research and data in developing business plans and reporting other key performance measures.
Visits Walgreen and competitors' stores and analyzes market trends to keep abreast of current situations and opportunities; ensures correct pricing, introduction of new items and new categories of business.
Performs business analyses of key performance measures including tracking division's performance against business plan, evaluating promotional planning efforts, verifying the viability of vendor deals, and resolving accounting issues related to deal agreements. Evaluates viability of items in advertising and measures forecast against results.
Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of experience in Retail, Sales, and/or Category Management and/or analyzing related data such as sales trends, assortment selections, or financial planning OR a High School Diploma/GED and at least 6 years of experience in Retail, Sales, and/or Category Management and/or analyzing related data such as sales trends, assortment selections, or financial planning.
Knowledge of retail business financial concepts, to include: penny profit market, mark-up percents, turns and ROI.
Knowledge of customer centric retailing principles and the analytics of customer purchase behavior.
Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).
Basic level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: opening a document, cutting, pasting and aligning text, selecting font type and size, changing margins and column width, sorting, inserting bullets, pictures and dates, using find and replace, undo, spell check, track changes, review pane and/or print functions).
Basic skill level in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: inserting, rearranging, hiding and deleting slides, navigating between slides, increasing list level, adding, centering and editing text, changing views, inserting a table or a note, moving objects, printing outline view and/or running a slide show).
Experience in a purchasing or procurement role.
Experience in merchandising, vendor relations, item forecasting and visual merchandising, and/or marketing in the retail business.
Experience in financial planning and analysis.
Required licensure as an RPh as granted by the appropriate state licensing authority.