Home Depot Associate Merchant Product Development in Weehawken, New Jersey
HomeDepot.com is an award-winning e-Commerce team that is blazing a trail of retail shopping innovation by leveraging cutting-edge technology with a relentless focus on customer service. We have been named one of the world's most innovative companies and we are on a mission to provide the best interconnected shopping experience to our consumers. This role will support The Company Store, the online leader of premium bedding, which is now part of Home Depot. You will be working on many exciting projects to improve the customer journey in a highly entrepreneurial environment.
This position will develop products to support targeted growth of The Company Store Brand and develop additional private label brands to grow the business.
MAJOR TASKS, RESPONSIBILITES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
Sources and develops appropriate product to support the assortment strategy
Creates specifications for products including, packaging, safety and environmental issues
Partners with design to team to develop and deliver successful products
Contributes to the product design process from concept to finished product
Support brand strategy via private label development
Identify and qualify international vendors to the HD standards
Partners to develops materials to sell the products developed, (e.g. packaging)
NATURE AND SCOPE
Reports to The Company Store head of Product Development
May manage team members directly or indirectly
ENVIRONMENTAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
- Usually in a comfortable environment but with regular exposure to factors causing moderate physical discomfort from such things as dust, fumes or odors
Typically requires overnight travel 5% to 20% of the time and may require international travel
Must be eighteen years of age or older.
Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.
The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree program or equivalent degree in a field of study related to the job.
Years of Relevant Work Experience: 5 years
Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions there may be a need to move or lift light articles.
10 - 15 years Home Textile experience working for suppliers who produced multi-level merchandise for retailers
Understanding of current market place and competitive assortments
Experience with visual merchandising to execute given seasonal assortment plans
Extensive experience with creative stages of development such as lab dip approvals /color matching, assessment of products because of initial sampling, and effective in directing suppliers to meet aesthetic goals as specified by the design packages sent in country.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:
Office Productivity Software: Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Must be technology savvy and show demonstrated ability to learn new processes and technologies.
Industry Knowledge: Strong knowledge of home textiles fabrics, product specifications and finished product designed for the home area. Strong knowledge of global sourcing and global home textile suppliers
Drives Results: Has a record of accomplishment of exceeding individual and group goals successfully despite obstacles and setbacks.
Communicates Effectively: Presents information in a clear, concise, honest, and logical manner
Customer Focus: Actively stays attuned to customer needs and is sharply focused on the customer
Collaborates: Partners with others on or across groups or areas as expected. Effectively represents and balances own and collective interests when collaborating others.
Manages Conflict: Settles differences in opinion involving self and others or other in productive ways with minimal noise.
Ensures Accountability: Holds self and leaders accountable for setting and meeting agreed upon commitments
Plans and Aligns: Stays focused on plans, but makes adjustments when changes or unexpected events occur. Aligns own group's work with the activities of other workgroups across the organization. Meets targeted timelines to ensure all timelines and dates are met.
Decision Quality: Makes reasonable and timely decisions under difficult and/or urgent circumstances that address root causes of problems.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
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