Category Manager

Category Manager

Founded in 1999, BuildDirect is an e-commerce provider completely disrupting the retail building products industry by bridging the gap between the manufacturer and end user. By simplifying the supply chain, solving a heavy freight shipping issue that plagued the industry and creating a proprietary data-driven platform that benefits manufacturers, partners and customers alike, BuildDirect customers ultimately enjoy up to 80% cost savings. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C, with eight warehouse locations in the US and hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers. For more information visit To view other opportunities, go to our careers page at

You aren’t willing to accept the status quo and neither are we. BuildDirect is disrupting the building materials industry by bridging the gap between manufacturer and end-user. As a Category Manager, you will utilize keen analytical skills and strategic thinking to understand and leverage sales and customer data to grow an exceptional category and deliver on financial objectives. Put your entrepreneurial spirit to work at BuildDirect.

The Category Manager is responsible for the development and execution of a category business plan, including assortment and vendor planning, product selection, presentation, pricing, leading vendor negotiations and supply agreements. Reporting to the Senior Category Manager, the Category Manager supports category management strategies that meet or exceed financial goals and customer expectations.


• Act as a subject-matter expert for assigned category, including a comprehensive understanding of marketplace and industry
• Analyze data and derive strategy and tactics to support indicators
• Develop and implement category strategies in collaboration with Senior Category Manager
• Prepare and communicate category information to other functions
• Maintain and monitor key information and prepare and analyze weekly sales reports
• Prepare documentation for product forms and liaise with vendors
• Maintain product listing information and ensure currency and accuracy
• Support sales team to resolve issues or concerns in a timely and efficient manner
• Review market research including category, competitor, customer and trend information
• Deliver financial objectives

Expected Outcomes:

• Creating a sustainable pipeline of innovation
• Develop and implement Category and Vendor Strategies
• Achieve budgeted financial goals

Desired Skills & Experience:

• 3-5 years general business experience, including 2-3 years category management experience. Retail and merchandising experience an asset
• Proven commitment to internal and external customer service
• Strong entrepreneurial spirit
• Well-developed analysis skills and the ability to identify business and financial insights from sales and customer data
• Results oriented and the ability to manage multiple priorities with a sense of urgency and orientation to deadlines
• High levels of integrity and a commitment to do what you say you are going to do
• A desire to learn and continuously improve
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Post secondary degree in business or a related field

Date Posted:
Oct 30, 2014 11:47 AM PDT

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

BuildDirect is a technology company that is knocking down walls, changing the foundation and building a smarter, simpler and empowered home improvement industry. With its BuildDirect Demand Rank™ and BuildDirect Product Rank™ custom analytic and forecasting tools, the company can identify in real-time, consumer interest in a product, its competitiveness in the marketplace, and locations it will best perform. This... more