What does a Graduate Category Manager do?
Category managers work in the retail world where they find, market, and evaluate products and merchandise for companies. They review products, evaluate suppliers, and develop merchandising initiatives with vendors and suppliers. They work in various retail establishments, including clothing, or food, and examine the aspects of merchandising. This could include the evaluation of supplies or maintenance of levels of inventory
Category managers research current trends and a company’s selling philosophies to procure the best merchandise for the lowest cost; they also assist with the development of selling strategies, product marketing, and sales support. Category managers need fluency with marketing, sales, and supply chain management and must be equal parts creative and analytical when making decisions. Category managers need a minimum bachelor's degree in supply chain management, finance, or business administration; some employers favor an MBA.
Graduate Opportunities At Wayfair (Junior Buyer & Category Management) Salaries
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“We work a lot of late nights and this does not provide a good work life balance.”
“I started by journey as a BDM here and I have got ample opportunities to grow here.”
“historically they had good progression but reality is now its not a long term career path”
“The building is not the best but this is being addressed by the building of a new HQ.”
“Be sure to negotiate a good package because you wont have a work life balance.”
“Good Pay and Good Brand”
“Good benefit and working hour is acceptable”
“PTO and Corporate Holidays are good.”
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