Senior Category Manager

  • Remote
  • Full Time
  • Senior Manager/Supervisor


Who We Are

SwimOutlet is the largest online specialty store for aquatics in the United States and has the largest selection for swimming, fashion swim, beach and surf. We have been named an Internet Retailer Hot 100 Company. 

We are on a mission to hire the best of the best to create the global destination for all Swimmers.

Senior Category Manager

Remote | Reports to the Director of Buying and Planning | Full time

The Role

The Category Manager, Competitive Swim is responsible for the online merchandising strategy and driving sales growth by creating and optimizing a compelling assortment of products across all competitive swim categories. This role will lead our competitive swim team and oversee all aspects of retail buying from managing our merchandising process, maintaining optimal inventory levels, to finding and negotiating terms with new and current vendors. Key metrics for success include achieving sales plans and profit margins, accurately forecasting product demand and maintaining optimal inventory levels. This role is a remote work role.

What you will do

  • Direct the overall look and feel of Competitive Swim and deliver an authentic user experience
  • Achieve company sales and profit margin goals
  • Identify product and business opportunities by analyzing sales performance, profit margins, market trends, market competition, and customer shopping behavior
  • Maximize profitability by constantly seeking opportunities to enhance margins, increase sales, expand payment terms, drive down costs, and improve inventory turns
  • Direct and manage all aspects of merchandising including product presentation/placement, imaging, descriptions, pricing, and competitive analysis to maximize profit based on rigorous analytical research
  • Manage product, brand, and category launches with cross functional partners; as well as curate email content for all performance swim division emails
  • Develop and manage Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that demonstrate merchandising success
  • Lead and manage vendor relations including product selection, negotiation, communication and partnership development
  • Cultivate strong vendor relationships
  • Lead the Competitive Swim merchandising team, keeping them focused on priorities and execution
  • Work closely with the Team Sales division in order to maximize sales, inventory, and opportunities to support our Team Sales initiatives and customer experience
  • Optimize Keyword use and effectiveness with product naming, product descriptions and onsite meta tags and meta titles to further enhance SEO
  • Ensure product assortment and pricing are aligned with the market
  • Create planning budgets and manage the marketing calendar
  • Accurate forecasting of product demand and profit margins
  • Plan and manage the timing and flow of products based on seasonal plans and entrance and exit strategies
  • Manage, mentor and support the career development of the team to ensure job satisfaction and future talent development
  • Collaborate with and lead cross-functional teams to drive category results

Who you are

  • A strong leader with 5 years of management or executive experience and 5+ years retail buying and or merchandising experience with at least 3 years in an ecommerce environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • A great negotiator, good listener, problem solver and someone who has the ability to make smart decisions in the absence of perfect information
  • Possess a clear understanding of retail math and financial measurements
  • Have superior financial management, merchandising and analytical skills
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to articulate concepts to the Web Content, Buying and Merchandising Teams and work effectively with internal departments
  • Be adept at forming relationships with various partners inside and outside the company
  • Know your way around Google Workspace and have strong Excel skills
  • Have a positive “roll with it” attitude

Bonus Points

  • Experience buying for competitive swim products, active lifestyle products and aquatic related products
  • Competitive swimming, triathlon, cycling, running or yoga background

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