VICE PRESIDENT, CATEGORY ENABLEMENT – Davidson, NC or Melville, NY
MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO.
May 3, 2018
TO BE DISCUSSED WITH CANDIDATE
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
People. Collaboration. Insight. That’s how you build something that works.
Built on a foundation of values and trust, MSC works side by side with our customers to help them drive business results. With more than a 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.
As one of America’s Best Large Employers (named by Forbes magazine), we care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,000+ team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your families’ 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.
BRIEF POSITION SUMMARY:
The Vice President of Category Enablement is responsible for all Category operations and performance including key areas of category data, pricing and cost management, vendor programs and compliance, sales programs & support, financial predictive indicators and target measures. The role will also work cross functionally with the SBU VPs to ensure alignment and the best solutions for the Category team.
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
Strategy and Vision
Set strategy and direction of the Category Enablement Team of 50+ associates to execute the business in the most efficient and sustainable manner.
Support organizational (Sales, Marketing, Category Management, and Business Development) leadership alignment and execution of long range requirements and key initiatives that support growth goals of Category.
Actively cultivate thought leadership on Category Management and shares that through the organization to build capability and understanding of “Customer First” for Category.
Own the vision of Category Enablement as the market continues to evolve and make necessary adjustments based upon market changes, technology implications, customer needs, and competitive position.
Accountable for the Operations function to include three COEs under the leadership of a Director level: (1) Pricing and Cost Maintenance, (2) Vendor Management and (3) Sales Support and Programs
Accountable for the Data Management COE (under direction of a senior manager)
Responsible for communication of the status of Category Operations and Performance to company leadership
Partner with Category Strategy leaders on internal and external projects. External-facing projects include collaborative efforts with vendors on innovative solutions.
Create process rigor and continuity through creation or documentation of standard operating procedures and business operating principles.
Addresses escalated issues that may impact the Category Management organization or execution.
Meet or exceed performance measures including financial, service, reliability, quality, innovation, and growth commitments; responsible for team achievement of department key result to targets, efficiency and cost reductions.
Responsible for Category Enablement budget, including a formal plan for future investments and projected ROI.
Key Leader in the improvement of P2P (Procure To Pay) processes
Optimize team structure, identifying critical roles, and managing the performance and development of the team.
Champions engagement throughout the team keeps a pulse on say, stay, and strive for the Category team.
Drives the MSC Culture in the department and throughout the company to ensure unity of purpose and fulfillment of MSC’s mission
Participates in special projects and performs additional duties as required
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing/Management or related discipline is required; MBA preferred.
Minimum 15+ years of experience in a key management role with responsibility for strategic planning, operations and budgeting.
Minimum 10+ years of experience in Category, Merchandizing, Product Management/Marketing or related field.
Experience leading a team of Managers / Manager of Managers
High level of ethics and personal accountability.
Strong leadership, vison setting, and business acumen to set strategic direction
Communication, influencing, and collaboration skills in a cross-functional environment; proven track record in leading cross-functional teams and executing significant influencing roles
Demonstrates courage, including the strength of character and maturity to ask tough questions, hold people accountable, and deliver an impact.
Proven examples of delivering step function performance and ability to develop visions, strategies, etc. while managing reasonable risk
Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, including presentation experience required
Proven track record in attracting and developing talent
Earns credibility with internal and external customers.
Strong influencing skills with ability to see issues from multiple viewpoints and understand differing needs of stakeholders;
Able to prioritize requests, and propose effective cost/customer service alternatives when necessary
Ability to synthesize data and make timely decisions with good judgment required.
Ability to show judgment in developing new approaches and resolving issues
Prior successes in major change role as both architect and leading implementation.
Able to actively participate at a leadership level on multiple projects concurrently.
Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to respond to changes in the external environment, while ensuring the organization can effectively and efficiently move through transitions.
MISCELLANEOUS: A valid state driver’s license and the ability to travel 15%-20% of the time is required
Equal Opportunity Statement All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Additional Salary Information: POSITION IS ELIGIBLE FOR BONUS, EQUITY & VEHICLE
Internal Number: 18156
About MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO.
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