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Category Specialist

Company: Ferguson
Location: Newport News
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Job Description:

We realize that our greatest assets are our best-in-class associates, which is why we're dedicated to offering limitless opportunities for growth and advancement. We want to help you build a long-lasting career with Ferguson. Together, we can continue to lead the industry and help build our nation's infrastructure from the ground up. Join our team today.

We are currently seeking to fill an immediate need for a Category Specialist. As part of the Product Development team, the Category Specialist role is critical in supporting Product Development activities for our Own Brand products. In this role, you will support the profitable growth and development of the Faucets Category. You will support department processes and serve as a Subject Matter Authority for their category, interact with internal departments and external suppliers, and help update and maintain product quality standards for faucets programs. If you have prior new product development, category management, or quality control experience, this is an excellent opportunity to grow with an industry-leading organization!

This role will be based in our Newport News, VA office and offers hybrid - remote flexibility. As a hybrid role, this will require the incumbent to be in-person for initial training and onboarding and then report for in-office work 1- 2 days per week once trained.


* Interpret sales data, market trends and competitive analysis to identify new Own Brand product opportunities
* Plan and implement new product and program introductions, including product announcements and field communications
* Support development of product documents including spec sheets, install sheets & labels
* Conduct pricing analysis and implement pricing changes
* Analyze demand and stock levels for new and existing programs
* Support and document quality improvement initiatives
* Work with a team to establish and maintain quality assurance measures with suppliers
* Collaborate with cross functional teams to support product life cycle processes
* Build and maintain productive relationships with domestic and international suppliers


* Bachelor's degree in Business or related field and 2+ years of new product development, category management, or quality control experience or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience, required
* Experience with plumbing, or faucets, including kitchen faucets, kitchen sink accessories, lavatory faucets, showering faucets and accessories, bath faucets, a plus
* Proven data analytics skills including market analysis and pricing, highly preferred
* Basic knowledge of finance and cost principles, required
* Intermediate proficiency with Excel functions such as pivot tables and v-lookups, preferred
* Prior experience with data management tools such as Power BI or Tableau, a plus
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to capture and convey information to a variety of audiences including international suppliers
* Ability to work independently and within a team environment
* Demonstrate attention to detail, initiative, and self-motivation, proactively problem-solve and see projects through completion both quickly and accurately
* Ability to travel domestically, with occasional overnight travel, up to 10%
* The Company is an equal opportunity employer as well as a government contractor that shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a), which prohibits discrimination against qualified protected Veterans and the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(A), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability.

Ferguson Enterprises, LLC. is an equal employment employer F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation Information

Keywords: Ferguson, Newport News , Category Specialist, Other , Newport News, Virginia

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