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MSC Industrial Supply Co. Category Manager, Strategy - Melville, NY or Davidson, NC in Melville, New York

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Requisition ID : 3769

Employment Type : Full Time

Job Category : Category Management

Work Location : Melville, NY (CSC)

State or Province : New York (US-NY)

Potential Work Location : United States : New York : Melville || United States : North Carolina : Davidson

* 3 open positions- all are in a category with a Metalworking focus* Can be based in Davidson, NC or Melville, NY - Relocation Assistance Available BRIEF POSITION SUMMARY:

The Category Strategy Manager is responsible for executing the Category strategy through implementation of tactics, assessing results, and adapting based upon outcomes. Implementation activities can be grouped in four major disciplines: strategy management, vendor relationships, category marketing, and cross-functional collaboration. Key activities include key vendor relationship management and negotiation, product line value proposition, and annual tactics planning.


Provides supporting category and industry expertise, data, and insights for product lines used to define the strategy for the Category:

  • (8-step process), with emphasis on setting, implementing, and adapting tactics:

  • Define Category

  • Assess Role of Category

  • Assess Category Performance

  • Set Objectives and Targets

  • Devise Strategy

  • Set Tactics

  • Implement Tactics

  • Review and Adapt

Tactics Planning and Implementation:

  • Participates in annual planning process, leading all recommendations and activities related to his/her product lines

  • Creates customer solutions for assigned product lines and lead execution in partnership with sales

  • Provides feedback and collaborates with the Category Operations team to continually improve processes

  • Leads cross-functional initiatives to drive the business, serving as the SME for the assigned product lines

  • Incorporates Change Management as the Strategy evolves

  • Builds and leads a cross-functional plan for tactical execution of the assigned product lines incorporating sales, marketing, supply chain, and any other necessary key functions, collaborating across the organization and resolving issues where needed to ensure the product line initiatives can be executed Vendor Management:

  • Negotiates with and manages key suppliers; builds strategic growth plans and aligns goals with key strategic partners

  • Resolves contract-specific conflicts

  • Creates and Articulates product line value propositions and whitespace

  • Optimizes and manages +/- product, brand, and vendor rationalization

  • Provides product line guidance to the Category Operations team to implement pricing strategy

Review Results:

+ + Monitors product line contribution margin (sales, cost, coop negotiation, supply chain opportunities)

  • Identifies and leads execution of actions to drive growth

  • Prepares thorough vendor performance reviews

  • Resolves conflict with internal partners or external suppliers 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 Administration, Marketing, Supply Chain, or a Related Field; Masters Level preferred.

  • Minimum of five years of experience required industry experience in distribution, supplier management and negotiations, business development, distribution, product management, marketing or merchandising management, supply chain is required.

  • Ability to manage cross-functional initiatives required.

  • MS Office proficiency required


  • Strong execution focus; drive for results required.

  • Self-directed and able to work autonomously required.

  • Prioritizes deliverables and allocates resources appropriately required.

  • Ability to remain focused and make decisions through times of ambiguity required.

  • Solid business acumen, including key financial targets, and knowledge of distribution process required.

  • Strong customer focus and understanding of their needs and expectations; understands market direction and trends required.

  • Ability to diagnose problems quickly and works to find solutions required.

  • Successfully navigates the organization’s people and processes to accomplish work efficiently required.

  • Works cross-functionally and has effectively participated on cross-functional teams required.

  • Skilled at cultivating supplier relationships at a non-strategic level requited

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

  • Strong written and verbal communication with presentation experience required.

  • Experience with leading a team through an evolution of change required.

  • Comfortable cultivating supplier relationships and leading negotiations at a strategic level to a mutually successful resolution required.


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



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