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Merchandising Strategy Analyst

  • Location: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 20 days ago

Terrific Contract Opportunity!
Position: Merchandising Strategy Analyst
Location: Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895
Term: 12 Months Contract
Schedule: Mon- Fri 8:30- 5:00
Day-to-Day Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for providing detailed business analysis to the Category Management Team(s) and will support a subset of categories within the Edibles Team. The categories could include Grocery, Snacks, Candy, Beverages, Dairy, and/or Healthy Food. Analysis will include sales, margin, retail pricing, promotional markdowns and trending of both internal and market level data
  • Responsible for performing root cause analysis, problem resolution, category research and identifying potential strategic opportunities.
  • Coordinate work streams related to item selection and set up; promotional, seasonal and off-shelf activities; vendor communication; strategic insight development; and reporting.
  • Quantitative Analysis:
    • Collaborate with the Category Management Team(s) to scope and plan any and all financial and quantitative analyses that will aid in day-to-day management of the business and yield critical answers to longer-term strategic questions.
    • Understand the required data sets to complete the analyses and procure them accordingly.
    • Manage the delivery of timely, zero-defect analyses to support insight development.
    • Run ad hoc analysis upon request and provide actionable insights with recommendations for next steps.
  • Product Management:
    • Run Daily sales, seasonal reporting, weekly vendor reporting and analyze market data to assist in decision making.
    • Partner with Category Management teams to build promotional plans and activities related to everyday and seasonal businesses.
    • Attend proofing meetings and partner with Merchandising Analytics to manage funding.
    • Attend seasonal meetings and work with Category Management teams to assist with item selection and coordinate all billing and end of cycle disposition.
    • New Item set up and maintenance for planogram and mid-year items.
    • Off-Shelf coordination of off-shelf programs with key suppliers, setting up programs and running off-shelf reporting.
    • Oversee price change activities.
  • Communication Development & Business Reporting:
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and on paper, to Merchandising and Cross-Functional teams throughout the organization.
    • Partner with outside partners.
    • Assist with communication and reporting on sales performance, seasonal sales and sell thru and ad planning.
    • Distill findings and craft a succinct and powerful business case that effectively communicates actionable recommendations.
    • Support the development of presentations for mid-level and senior executives.
    • Support the development and execution of the company’s Healthy Food strategy.
Is this a good fit? (Requirements):
  • 3-5 years analytical experience in a business environment. Ability to multi-task several concurrent requests and quickly pull together data.
  • Ability to dissect a problem into an organized approach, structure analysis, and develop recommended solutions providing actionable insights.
  • Strong problem solver.
  • Ability to run and manage quantitative analysis in a defect-free manner. Mastery of Microsoft Excel is expected in this role.
  • A history of work and/or passion for the retail/consumer industry.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, succinctly and professionally, both verbally and on paper. Familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint is ideal.
  • Motivated team player able to effectively collaborate with many individuals including the Category Merchandising team(s), functional and divisional leaders, Cross-functional Support Teams, Field Management and Vendor Partners.
  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinker who is intellectually curious with a demonstrated interest in learning. Self-motivated, entrepreneurial individual who can function in a performance-driven environment.
  • Must be accustomed to working on multiple tasks in parallel. This professional must demonstrate strong team player and leadership skills.
  • Highly organized, and possess strong planning and time management skills.
  • Communicate in an open and honest way that builds trust and respect.
  • Collaborative and flexible team player.
  • Comfortable working on a cross-functional team.
  • Communications, Marketing or similar bachelor’s degree.
If this sounds like the perfect fit, Apply Today!