Merchant Manager in Vancouver, WA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 9/27/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for a Merchant Manager who will join our Category/Brand Marketing team in Vancouver, WA or Columbus, OH.  We are open to remote work but must be drivable for particular meetings. 

This is a NEW role, in a new function being created, which will have responsibility for managing Hawthorne’s Distributed (Branded) Vendors via owning the direct relationship with the vendors and collaborating with the Category Team on execution against the strategic priorities for the Hawthorne business.  

Every day you will:

  • Have responsibility for a portfolio of Vendors (Exclusive & Distributed Brands across multiple categories) within the Hawthorne portfolio.

  • Partner with your manager and our Category Business Leads to understand the Strategic Plans within the Category and then implement the Vendor Management responsibilities below.

  • Own the relationship & communication with a set of Vendors based upon roles within the team and division of vendor management responsibility.

To Thrive in this role, you must have:

  • Manage an Annual “Line Reviews” and “Quarterly Business Review” process for a set of Vendors to evaluate a Vendor’s existing portfolio, discuss business improvement practices, and align on future planning. 

  • Created & distributed regular reporting documents to vendors.  

  • Owned metric delivery (revenue, margin %, and inventory $ targets) across vendor group.

  • Collaborated with vendors on planning & execution across Innovation, Marketing, and Sales / Training programs.

  • Managed the optimization of existing portfolio assortment with focus on identifying gaps and redundancies to align on a streamlined metric-based productive sku assortment.  

  • Managed innovation pipeline for vendors, collaborating with Category Team on new product setup & activation.

  • 5-7+ years of experience in vendor management, retail merchandiser / buyer roles, sales, business/brand management, and/or category management.   

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively understand a P&L and take actions associated with business/category P&L goals.

  • Project Management, Product Development, Marketing Planning & Execution, and/or Sales Management experience.  

What makes this role Unique:

  • The hydroponic and cannabis industry is thriving and you will get to lead and develop strategy plans from start to finish.

  • Hawthorne operates as a start-up but has the financial support from Scotts Miracle-Gro which has been around for 152 years.  

  • You will work closely with Senior Leadership and influence and provide recommendations to grow our fastest growing business unit.

  • Since this is a new position, you will get to create and develop a Vendor Management process with guidance from leadership.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Women’s Network, Black Employee Network, Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Young Professionals.

  • 12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

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