Essendant Category Product Assoc. in Deerfield, Illinois

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Category Product Assoc.





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At Essendant Inc., it is our intention to be the fastest and most convenient solution for workplace essentials. To do this, we need exceptionally talented, bright, innovative and driven employees. If you would like to be part of the

team that helps unlock the potential of our customer-partners and those they serve, this is your chance to be involved. Essendant Inc. is a leading national wholesale distributor of workplace essentials, with consolidated net sales of $5.3 billion. Essendant

stocks a broad assortment of over 160,000 products, including technology products, traditional office products, office furniture, janitorial and breakroom supplies, industrial supplies, and automotive aftermarket tools and equipment.

Comprehensive Benefits Package

At Essendant, we offer our employees a wide-range of Medical and Dental options, as well as Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts. Work/life balance is encouraged and we support that with Paid Vacations/PTO and Paid Holidays.

We promote growth by assisting with Tuition Reimbursement. Our employees’ futures are important to us; therefore, we offer a 401(k) plan, Life Insurance, AD&D and more.

Primary Purpose

The Category Product Associate will be responsible for managing assigned category / product initiatives and programs. This position will provide input into the development of category strategies and is expected to develop and implement tactics to support

these strategies. This role will share the responsibility for profitably growing the assigned category and ensuring the success of team programs and initiatives

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for assisting and contributing in the development and creation of the total category / product strategies, objectives and tactics. This position will be accountable for driving the performance of product classes and items within

the assigned category.

  • Responsible to develop effective cross-functional relationships within the organization in order to effectively accomplish the responsibilities of the function. Relationships include but are not limited to the following teams: Marketing, Marketing Services,

Sales, Advertising, Customer Care, Operations, Information Technology and Finance.

  • Responsible to maintain cost pricing on current, new and promotional items. Accountable to maintain contact and suggested replacement and ''cross sell'' / ''up sell'' data base.

  • Responsible to work effectively with the Inventory Planning functions within the assigned category in sku optimization and rationalization.

  • Accountable for the design and implementation of supplier-specific programs and promotions.

  • Provide recommendations on strategic program direction based on sound ROI analysis.

  • Conduct catalog reviews for customer marketing vehicles and assist Category Product Manager in catalog reviews for United Stationers marketing vehicles.

  • Conduct on-going market research and analysis to formulate recommendations to the Category Product Manager.

  • Responsible for allocation of supplier marketing funding and negotiation of incremental funding to support execution of Category Marketing initiatives.

  • Manage the development of front-end ''Web products'', meaning the Web features/applications like Product Presentation, Search Capabilities, Product Selection & Organization.

  • Understands and demonstrates Essendant’s Core Values.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to work independently and is self-motivated and proactive in achieving individual and team objectives

  • Strong analytical and decision making skills

  • Capacity for creative thinking in negotiating or problem solving atmosphere

  • Strong organizational, written and oral communication skills

  • In depth knowledge of Office Products Marketplace and industry trends desired

  • High level of computer proficiency in Microsoft Office; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook - Fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Access


  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably Marketing or other Business discipline

  • Minimum 3 years in a business analyst or associate marketing manager role in a customer centric, marketing driven environment

We offer an exciting and challenging environment that encourages independent thinking, problem solving, and growth. We believe in giving back to our communities as well as others in need. We embrace diversity and believe our employees create a sustainable

competitive advantage. We adhere to the high standards of Our Guiding Actions and Our Values.



  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP


  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access

to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure

is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41

CFR 60-1.35(c)