Category Manager- Patio Decor

Hayneedle   •  

Omaha, NE

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


5 - 7 years

Posted 70 days ago

This job is no longer available.

This role will report to the Category Director and will be based at Hayneedle HQ in Omaha, Nebraska.   


 We are looking for an exceptional Category Manager to manage and grow the Patio Décor business, using levers across merchandising, marketing and product technology to drive GMV and profit results. Your ultimate goal is to build a strategy that will win market share, identify and develop talent within your direct reports & closely track your suite of products – determining competitive pricing that lives up to our brand promise, analyzing marketplace trends to identify new opportunities for the future, improving the customer experience through findability & securing marketing support for your key initiatives.

In this position, you’ll get to …

  • Manage a business and bring the “art” to the “science” – using your intuition and expertise fueled by data, analytics and, above all, a passion for helping our customers save money and live better
  • Develop our people and lead a team of category specialists, driving skill development growth & continuous learning across entire direct report team
  • Give customers what they want and deliver best-in-class assortment & end-to-end customer experience in the market.  You will Partner with internal teams across Product, Engineering, Marketing, Operations, and Customer Care to deliver a world-class customer-centric shopping experience
  • Drive Operating Efficiencies to continuously improve processes, data integrity, and systems to deliver operating leverage in how we do business
  • Develop a strategy to substantially grow this category, including leveraging the enterprise’s (Walmart, Jet, Hayneedle) advantages to build scalable high growth businesses around immediate and emerging opportunities
  • Build a best in class customer experience for this category

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Develop assortment, pricing, merchandising, marketing & product strategies to deliver to sales & profit goals & grow market share for your category
  • Drive team of category specialists to execute your strategies & iterate as needed, using effective communication & clear strategies
  • Determine white space in assortment/brands & secure partnerships to cover these using national brands or private brand partners
  • Own vendor relationships & strategically drive vendors to create unique assortments, deliver best-in-market pricing & ensure fast delivery
  • Build aspirational product stories & marketing assets, working with marketing partners to build traffic drivers for distinct customer profiles
  • Build best-in-class item content for entire assortment through efficient item set-up management


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, retail or related field
  • 4 years of proven experience in merchandise, forecasting and product selection
  • 3 years managing an ecommerce business, with specific experience related to marketing and site optimization, preferred
  • 1-2 years developing strong business relationships with vendors and industry leaders
  • 1 year of experience managing people
  • World-class operator and possess a unique combination of business acumen, product knowledge, analytical skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to drive results and solve problems in fun and creative ways
  • Good negotiation and relationship building skills with external business partners
  • Passion for data and possess a strong analytical nature bent with an ability to use data and metrics to back up assumptions, recommendations, and drive actions to support assumptions, recommendations and drive actions
  • Ability to be a team builder- strong coach and mentor with a track record of building, driving and managing a high performing team


  • Exciting, challenging problems to solve - you'll never have a boring day at the office
  • A refreshingly fun work environment where you will collaborate with a smart and talented team of merchandisers, designers, engineers and business folks who care most about getting things done
  • Unique chance to work with our family of brands: Walmart, Jet, etc.
  • Opportunity to participate in the growth stage of a business