BJ's Wholesale Club

About BJ's Wholesale Club

 

Job Category:

Food Sundries & Beverages

Country:

United States

Postal Code:

01581

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Category Merchant - Optical Job

BJ's Wholesale Club - Westborough Home Office, Massachusetts

Posted: 10/20/2018

BJ's Wholesale Club was the first retailer to introduce the warehouse club concept in the northeastern United States. Today, we’re a multibillion dollar operation with more than 200 clubs in 16 states from Maine to Florida.

While our Members know us for helping them save up to 25% off grocery prices every day, our Team Members  love us for providing a supportive and engaging workplace that’s committed to developing great talent.

If you’re a motivated and enthusiastic person who enjoys working collaboratively and is committed to providing great service for our Members, we want to hear from you. BJ’s offers a fast-paced, team environment with great training opportunities and competitive salary and benefits packages to help you  succeed.

OPTICAL CATEGORY MERCHANT/BUYER

BJ's Wholesale Club was the first retailer to introduce the warehouse club concept in the northeastern United States. Today, we’re a multibillion dollar operation with more than 200 clubs in 16 states from Maine to Florida.

While our Members know us for helping them save up to 25% off grocery prices every day, our Team Members love us for providing a supportive and engaging workplace that’s committed to developing great talent.

If you’re a motivated and enthusiastic person who enjoys working collaboratively and is committed to providing great service for our Members, we want to hear from you. BJ’s offers a fast-paced, team environment with great training opportunities and competitive salary and benefits packages to help you succeed.

The Optical Category Merchant reports to the Director of Optical, and is responsible for the product selection, pricing, merchandising, inventory, private label management, and vendor negotiations/relationships for BJ’s Optical Locations.

Major Tasks, Responsibilities, and Key Accountabilities

  • Develop merchandising strategy to win in Optical category.
  • Identify market opportunities, analyze growth areas, and create plans to drive growth of the Optical frames and contact lens categories.
  • Deliver weekly, monthly and quarterly Optical comp. targets and business plan goals.
  • Achieve gross margin, sales and total inventory turn objectives for optical category.
  • Negotiate costs and terms of business with vendors (pricing, quantity, delivery, terms).
  • Build frame assortment to display at BJ’s Optical, and select and purchase merchandise to support assortment as needed (including evaluating type, quality, source, timing, delivery, mix and promotional efforts).
  • Develop and communicate effective merchandising programs at store level.
  • Monitor competitors’ optical prices and promotions.
  • Collaborate on the development of sales and margin plans and sales forecasts for assigned categories.
  • Identifies and implements optical signage and presentation techniques that enhance sales productivity and perceived value.
  • Objectively assesses merchandise mix based on consumer trends and business needs to develop Optical display planograms.
  • Reviews advertising and promotion analytics to evaluate performance, refine merchandise plans and suggest adjustments to strategy.
  • Researches competitive landscape and consumer trends to ensure alignment with strategy. Identifies merchandising risks and opportunities and presents recommendations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 3+ years of experience in Optical category merchandising or Optical category management.
  • Additional professional merchandising or retail operations experience is ideal.
  • Strong negotiation skills needed; a proven track record of establishing and maintaining positive relationships with vendors is a plus
  • Proficient with SAP, MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently in a fast-paced environment

Environmental Job Conditions

  • Office based setting
  • Ability to travel up to 20% within the BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. footprint
  • Experience in a retail setting a plus

BJ's Wholesale Club is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all qualified team members and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, physical and/or mental disability, genetic information, atypical cellular or blood trait, marital and/or familial status, pregnancy, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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