The Source is Canada’s largest tech retailer, and every day we come into work excited to share cool tech and amazing brands with our fellow Canadians. From your local shopping centre to cool music festivals, we are where Canadians live, work and play.
Every day our Associates across the country help Canadians find the tech they want and need. The Source is a great place to work and we are committed to your development through best in class training programs that help you do your best. Behind our in-store Associates is a supporting team of professionals who curate our product assortment, ensure on-time deliveries, create engaging marketing campaigns and help keep our systems running at peak capacity.
We are passionate about what we do and look for individuals with their own passion, curiosity and genuine helpfulness to join us!
The career you want.
As an Associate, Merchandising the successful incumbent will direct the content strategy, product selection and use of customer, and trend information to support the merchandise strategies for your assigned product categories. He/she partners with the planner and Buyer to achieve financial objectives and is jointly accountable to meet and exceed sales volume, gross margin, and inventory productivity targets. The successful incumbent:
Develops holistic understanding of category, consumer, and competitive dynamics. Translate them into product strategies and assortment plans that optimize revenue, margin, pricing and product cost
Build a comprehensive understanding of the market and competitors in their category.
Develop product plan to support department merchandise strategies based on customers’ expectations and technological advancements and to achieve sales and margin targets
Commission’s product development from the assigned Product Development Manager to ensure assortment needs are understood and met.
Develop multi-channel expertise; including presentation knowledge, customer behavior and competition for in-store and online channels
Partner with the Merchandise Financial Planner and Buyer to support the merchandise financial plan and business reviews, and plan revisions to achieve financial goals and strategic objectives
Develops and maintains vendor relationships, with a focus on introducing new, innovative products to differentiate The Source from its competitors.
Identify new vendors and their potential ability to meet the needs of the customers.
Selects domestic sources and products to fill assortment plan and present integrated assortment plan for review.
Negotiate & process exclusive offerings, terms, pricing, vendor-funded-markdowns, return-to-vendor agreements, drop-ship programs, co-op, etc.
Develop the selling agenda for the store and online merchandising teams.
Communicate strategy and product priorities to Marketing/Visual Merchandising team; development of post-mortem/assortment performance review, including promotional events and development of space plans and adjacencies design.
Work with Buyers and marketing to develop promotional themes, stories and calendar with stakeholders.
Assists in the development of event plans to market merchandise within assigned category groups for new and existing products.
Reviews and approves ad copy for POP, in-store signage, etc., making sure that ads are accurate and meet applicable advertising guidelines/legislation
Teach, coach and motivate category analysts to drive in season performance management and become exceptional pickers of product, editors of assortments and business managers
Coordinate the introduction and setup of new SKUs in an accurately and in a timely manner
Accurately update advertising system with changes and maintain and update ad planners as required
Skills we’re looking for.
Must possess excellent communication, leadership, strategic and project execution skills.
Comprehensive understanding of MS Office (Excel and PowerPoint); experience in Access would be an asset.
Thorough understanding of customer behavior and process in combination with strong negotiation skills.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with impeccable attention to detail.
Excellent organizational skills with superior time and project management skills.
Post-Secondary education related to business discipline (i.e. Business, Retail Management, and Statistics) is an asset.
Experience in Buying, Category, and/or Assortment planning experience is an asset.
Position Type: Retail Head Office
Job Location: Barrie || Canada : Ontario : Barrie || Canada : Ontario : Toronto
Application Deadline: 08/17/2021
Bilingualism is an asset (English and French); adequate knowledge of French is required for positions in Quebec.
As Canada's favourite tech retailer you have the opportunity to work close to home - and we're also proud to offer a competitive compensation package that includes an extensive recognition and rewards program, career development opportunities, multi-faceted training programs, competitive medical and dental benefits, charity and volunteer opportunities and of course, associate discounts!
The Source celebrates and embraces diversity as part of our culture. We strive to be an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment that supports both our internal and external customers, ensuring everyone feels valued and respected. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in any aspects of the selection process. For a confidential inquiry, simply email your recruiter directly or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.