Manage the strategic development and planning for assigned category, as a subset of a larger group of categories led by the Senior Category Manager. Ensure category sales plans are consistent with the overall Merchandising strategy. Promote and verify execution of category strategy at the store, and ensure that the category fits into the total store perspective.
Owns the strategic Product Assortment direction and guidelines for assigned categories.
Guides Category Manager, Associate Category Managers and Merchandisers in the development of the schematics.
Gathers input from the Merchandisers into regional assortment needs.
Performs narrowing (SKU rationalization) of assigned categories and works with suppliers to narrow products supplied to stores.
Manages the product develop process for assigned categories, including Team Merchandising.
Manages the implementation of field tests for new products and categories.
Oversees verification of tests performed by Merchandisers and determines next course of action based upon verification results.
Reviews solicitations from potential suppliers to determine if potential product is viable for 7-Eleven.
As lead for the assigned categories, owns communication of key strategic initiatives across Merchandising Senior leadership Zone Leaders
and other key leadership positions.
Manages day to day communication of key messaging to assigned categories across Merchandising, Marketing, Operations, Logistics and
other related groups.