Category Specialist

CVS Health - Woonsocket, RI3.4

Full-time | ContractEstimated: $50,000 - $68,000 a year

Job Description

Category Specialist

Rhode Island

Currently seeking Category Specialist to fill a position with a Fortune 10 company in Rhode Island. The ideal candidate will possess 1 to 3 years of experience in a retail organization or in an analytical, merchandising, or buying position. This individual will be responsible for contributing to budgeted sales, gross margin, and growing market share within assigned categories.

Responsibilities of the Category Specialist

  • Contribute directly to sales and margin goals in assigned category.
  • Analyze profit and loss information for the category, develop sales and margin projections, and assist Category Manager in P&L reconciliation.
  • Analyze relevant data and incorporate findings and recommendations into Category Plans (i.e., optimal SKU mix; Extracare loyalty program; promotional programs) for merchandising programs from 1 to 3 years.
  • Drive tactical execution of day-to- day plan activities (e.g., builds off-shelf plans, tracks promotional period and performs post appraisal to take corrective action if necessary).
  • Collaborate with an internal team of CVS professionals in Inventory, Pricing, Promotion, Finance, Store Brands, Store Design and Store Operations.
  • Analyze sales records and inventory levels of current stock; seek new, alternative foreign and domestic suppliers.
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of current competition; search out new competitive opportunities and make recommendations.
  • Keep abreast of changes in the market.
  • Research customer product preferences, supplier prices and the competitive environment.

Requirements of the Category Specialist

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1 to 3 years of experience in a retail organization or in an analytical, merchandising, or buying position
  • Strong working knowledge of retail math concepts and demonstrated application
  • Proven ability to implement strategies and use negotiation tactics to grow sales
  • Technical experience in MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; some Access or other database knowledge
  • Willingness to travel 5-10%.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Job Types: Full-time, Contract


  • Retail: 1 year (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Contract Length:

  • Varies