HD Supply Canada Inc.

Category Manager - Tools/Materials/Supplies

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Brafasco Overview

About Brafasco:


Brafasco (www.Brafasco.com) is one of Canada's leading construction and industrial supply distributors, coast-to-coast.  From manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, product training or industry knowledge, Brafasco provides customers with a wide range of products and services.  In any commercial facility or project phase, Brafasco's one-stop-shop solutions provide customers what they need to meet or exceed the demands of their job.  Brafasco is proud to partner with industry-leading manufacturers to support this shared goal with quality, value and productivity to solve the needs and challenges of customers.


Brafasco services and supports tens of thousands of customers across Canada in a wide range of industries and trades.  With over 40 walk-in branches across several provinces, a fast-paced distribution centre and more than 400 employees, we are proud to contribute to the success of projects across the country.


Why Brafasco:

  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Team Environment
  • RRSP Matching Plan
  • Internal Learning Centre for Career Development
  • Competitive Salary
  • Opportunities for Career Growth
  • Wellness Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Job Description

Job Summary

Responsible for leading and delivering on a profitable growth strategy, operational plan and financial objectives for a product category or categories. Responsible for managing the direction and financial objectives for a product category or categories. Lead and implement the assortment planning from business performance review to developing suppliers to supplier negotiations. Create operational plans and work with key merchandising and field resources to drive item selection and pricing for a category or categories. Develop suppliers and negotiate terms.


Major Tasks, Responsibilities, and Key Accountabilities

  • Develops strategies and business plans for respective categories, supported by executable initiatives that deliver results in line with short- and long-term goals. Ensures accurate and competitive pricing across the category.
  • Executes the business review process. Decides which items to send to product line review; when new products should be included in the assortment mix; leverages supplier relationships to optimize assortment; and works with key support functions to ensure completion.
  • Understands key business drivers for a category/categories (e.g. historical performance, industry/competitive landscape, consumer identification, etc.) to support category sales growth.
  • Assumes full P&L responsibility with emphasis on sales, gross margin, inventory turns, and EBITDA.
  • Makes key decisions on sourcing and developing new suppliers, and negotiating terms. Recommends product pricing guidelines consistent with pricing strategy. Influences assortment guidelines and parameters.
  • Manages supplier strategy (e.g. import vs domestic, national vs local, branded vs proprietary, etc.) and executes the supplier portfolio.
  • Oversees visual representation of the product lines in all marketing material including catalogs, etc. Collaborates with purchasing and operations on forecasting and supply chain set-up for all merchandising fixtures for current and new programs.
  • Ensures compliance with HD Supply Environmental Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.


Nature and Scope

  • Solutions require analysis and investigation.
  • Achieves planned results by decisions and actions based on professional methods, business principles, and practical experience.
  • Manages a group or team of professional individual contributors and/or indirectly supervises support staff.


Work Environment

  • Located in a comfortable indoor area. Any unpleasant conditions would be infrequent and not objectionable.
  • Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions there may be a need to move or lift light articles.
  • Typically requires overnight travel up to 20% of the time.


Education and Experience

  • Typically requires BS/BA in a related discipline. Generally 7+ years of experience in a related field. May require certification. Advanced degree may offset less experience in some disciplines.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 7+ years relevant work experience.
  • Experience in construction tools, job site supplies and accessories required
  • BS/BA in related discipline
  • Wholesale distribution experience preferred.


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