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MSC Industrial Supply Co. Category Manager, Strategy in Davidson, North Carolina

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Requisition ID : 5029

Employment Type : Full Time

Job Category : Category Management

Work Location : Davidson, NC (CSC)

State or Province : North Carolina (US-NC)

Potential Work Location : United States : North Carolina : Davidson

As a Category Strategy Manager, you’ll use your drive for results to execute the Category strategy through implementation activities including strategy management, vendor relationships, category marketing, and cross-functional collaboration. In this role you will be responsible for key vendor relationship management and negotiation, product line value proposition, and annual tactics planning.


Use your solid business acumen and strong execution and customer focus to implement tactics, assess results and adapt based upon outcomes.

  • Manage day-to-day activities of your assigned product line(s) with suppliers

  • Use your skill at cultivating supplier relationships to lead negotiations and contract resolutions

  • Leverage your category and industry expertise, data and insights to help execute cross-functional initiatives to drive the business by serving as the Subject Matter Expert for your assigned product line(s)

  • Create customer solutions for assigned product line(s) and lead execution in partnership with Sales

  • Partner with the Category Operations team to implement pricing strategy and improve processes

  • Monitor product line contribution margin (sales, cost, coop negotiation, supply chain opportunities) to identify and lead execution of actions to drive growth

  • Articulate product line value propositions and whitespace

  • Manage product, brand, and vendor rationalization

  • Prepare thorough vendor performance reviews


The self-directed, category management professional we seek should have these skills and competencies.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Supply Chain, or a related field

  • At least five years of experience in distribution, supplier management and negotiations, business development, product management, marketing or merchandising management, or supply chain

  • Ability to manage cross-functional initiatives and successfully navigate the organization’s people and processes to accomplish objectives

  • Strong customer focus and understanding of their needs and expectations in addition to market direction and trends

  • Ability to diagnose problems quickly and find solutions

  • Comfortable negotiating externally and representing the best interests of the company

  • Strong written and verbal communications with presentation experience

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel up to 10% of the time


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, 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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At MSC, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all qualified applicants and our associates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any category protected by applicable law.