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Requisition ID :10736
Employment Type :Full Time
Work Location : Remote
State or Province : Remote
Potential Work Location :United States : Remote
The Category Strategy Specialist is responsible for implementing the Category strategy. Implementation activities can be grouped in four major disciplines: strategy management, vendor relationships, category marketing, and cross-functional collaboration. Key activities include category marketing, product line expertise, and tactical execution.
Category Marketing:

Takes the lead for the strategy team to create, develop and manage the overall marketing plan.
Acts as liaison to Marketing function
Supports Category team to create branch meeting and sales education materials
Engages with suppliers, sales and customers to understand market trends and landscape
Identifies new IB and EB item opportunities by working with suppliers, creating gap analysis to competitors, attending trade shows, working with customers,
Works cross functionally and with suppliers creating selection guides, calculators and other material to support user experience on the web.
Collaborates with the Category Operations team to implement pricing strategy
Works cross functionally with EB team in creating brand awareness
Manages Co-op dollars and marketing programs to maximize supplier investment and increase MSC sales to match the overall strategy
Identifies disruptive insights to identify and develop solutions based on the market, customer and supplier.
Positions insights within print and digital platforms (navigator, chatter, brochures, etc.)
Identifies product and promotional opportunities to support the category strategy in cross-functional areas (marketing, suppliers, etc.)
Manages the print and digital aspects of catalog and web collage inclusive of brand landing pages and banners
Creates supplier programs that will tie back to overall category and company strategy
Aligns supplier goals and MSC goals to maximize investment and optimize programs
Works cross functionally to align on program initiatives

Tactics Planning and Implementation:

Provides input into strategy and tactics planning
Executes customer solutions
Provides product line expertise
Product search curation (Data SME) / Taxonomy consultant
Coordinates product life cycle management
Coordinates product rationalization with category operations team

Participates in a High-performing Team of Associates and a Culture of Engagement:

Develops skills and competencies to expand capability
Communicates openly and effectively with others
Understands performance expectations and strives to exceed goals
Manages conflict or escalates to next leadership level.
Fosters the MSC Culture in the department and throughout the company to ensure fulfillment of MSC’s vision and unity of purpose.
Participation in special projects and performs additional duties as required


Bachelors’ Degree in Business, Marketing, Supply Chain, or equivalent area of study.
MS Office proficiency required
Two to four years of Marketing or Category experience required; Finance exposure a plus
Demonstrated technical expertise and product knowledge a plus


Action-oriented; drives results
Self-directed and able to work autonomously
Prioritizes deliverables
Adaptable and flexible through times of ambiguity or change
Solid business acumen
Analytical skills
Strong customer focus and understanding of their needs and expectations; customer advocate
Strong written and verbal communication
Collaborates effectively within the team or with other partners


Proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Compensation starting at $64,796.00 minimum and up commensurate with experience.
Benefits may include: paid time away including holidays and parental leave, medical and dental plans, retirement savings plans with company-match, disability and life insurance, tuition reimbursement program, recognition and service award programs, wellness and workplace flexibility programs, stock purchase plan, and product discounts (Benefits may vary by location).
Why MSC? People. Collaboration. Insight. That’s how you build something that works. Built on a foundation of trust, MSC works side by side with our customers to help them drive business results. With more than one million product offerings and 75+ years of experience across industries, MSC strives to help our customers achieve greater productivity, profitability, and growth through inventory management and other innovative supply chain solutions. We care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,500+ team members achieve their potential.
When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, Associate Inclusion Circles: Women, Pride, Black, Veterans, HOLA and DisABLEd as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family’s health, well-being, and financial future. If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build a better career at MSC.
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