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Product Specialist

Function: Merchandising/Buying
Location: Staples Corporate Center, Framingham, MA US
Date posted: 2/7/2018 5:03:27 PM
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1039705

This position is an integral component of the Print & Marketing Services Merchandising team, reporting to the Category Manager. This role will support the growth and maintenance of our product assortment, through strong cross-functional partnership between the Staples Business Units (Merchandising, Operations, Production, IT, eCommerce and Vendor Management) and direct to 3rd Party Partners/Vendors. It involves industry/product research, ad hoc reporting and analysis.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Proactively manage the SKU, vendor set-up and maintenance process
  • Define product and cost savings initiatives in partnership with the business owners (Merchants, Salesforce, Operations, Production, eCommerce)
  • Working with Category Manager to determine price elasticity for margin opportunities within customer segments.  Implement price changes and customer based pricing models
  • Identifies new product targets through market research and financial analysis
  • Work with team to identify and implement new initiatives to test/roll out new print products & services
  • Support managing the Print & Marketing Services portfolio across multiple ordering platforms
  • Conduct market research, gather industry data, track trends and competitive shopping
  • Develop a strong understanding of product assortment to support customer self-serve behavior and support sales team product knowledge
  • Ad hoc reports and analysis as needed
  • Collect and organize product information and costs from vendors
  • Obtain product samples during the vendor and product selection process


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year prior work experience in retail preferred
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Financial / Analytical experience required
  • Ability to work independently
  • Technology experience a plus
  • High energy
  • Ability to multi-task

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.

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