Category Supply Analyst I

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Description/Job Summary

Brownells enjoys a great reputation in its industry and a great team to drive that brand, but we’re constantly growing and need passionate people like you to join our team. As a family-owned company for more than 75 years, we can’t wait to meet you -- and your family.

Speaking of your family, they come first, and we’ll always do our best to help you spend the most time with them possible. In fact, we can prove it. We’re the proud recipients of The Alliance of Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction in both 2014 and 2015. We achieved this by implementing a number of employee-friendly programs including flexible work arrangements, and numerous initiatives designed to enhance the quality of the lives of our team members and their families.

Because of our great team, we’re able to maintain a small-company feel, backed by the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and respect, while being an internationally-recognized brand with customers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

We’re proud to be a progressive company in a traditionally conservative industry, we’re proud of our shooting heritage and we are Serious About Firearms.

The Category Supply Analyst works collaboratively with Demand and Supply teams managing categories to ensure optimal business outcomes. The Category Supply Analyst responsibilities are to drive Key Business KPI’s that support the overall goals of Sales, Profit, Inventory Turns, Availability, and Inventory Optimization. The Category Supply Analyst will lead a small team on a daily basis driving continuous improvement throughout the supply chain, while also taking on additional projects and tasks to meet departmental goals.
  • Manages: Shooting Accessories, Gunsmith, Handgun, Optics, Gun Cleaning Books
  • Manages strategic contract relationships with suppliers that promote development of individual suppliers and markets to ensure Brownells receives best value for money and continuous improvement over the life of contracts in specific categories of products
  • Researches current buyer trends and company's selling philosophy to derive the best merchandise for the cost
  • Evaluates the prices and quality of suppliers, negotiates purchase prices and terms, manages supplier sources, and analyzes price proposals
  • Conducts performance reviews for suppliers and market reviews
  • Provides issue resolution for supplier service and quality issues
  • Assists marketing and Merchandising teams with developing product promotions and implements merchandising initiatives
  • Develops category management strategies for assigned category to achieve business objectives
  • Manages and monitors onboarding and item
  • Conducts regular analysis of category performance, identifying key trends and improvement opportunities
  • Works with cross-functional teams (across marketing, product and supply chain) to execute initiatives to optimize category performance
  • Tactical buying of Key suppliers inside of categories
Education and Experience
  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required
  • Four to five years of relevant Industry experience or equivalent education BA/BS degree
  • BA/BS degree preferred but not required
 Knowledge & Skills
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to make informed, timely decisions
  • Ability to plan and organize communications and build strategic relationships
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, in particular Advanced MS Excel ((formulas, V-Lookup, etc.)
  • Warehousing, transportation, distribution, logistics
  • Supply Planning/Inventory management
  • Planning processes
  • Risk management
  • Project Time Management
  • Supporting and training staff
  • Materials management fundamentals
  • Supplier knowledge
  • Supply chain synchronization
  • Sourcing and purchasing
  • Process improvement
  • Lean management
  • Sustainability
  • Business management
Leadership Competencies
  • Planning and Results Orientation (L3)
  • Customer Focus (L3)
  • Creativity and Innovation (L2)
  • Teamwork and Collaboration (L3)
  • Communication and Interpersonal Effectiveness (L3)
  • Drive for Results (L3)
Physical Demands
  • Sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.
Physical Hazards – Health and Safety Concerns
  • General office environments
  • Ergonomics
DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, the employer may consider whether the individual applying for or holding the position is qualified.  There are two steps involved in this determination.  The first concerns whether the applicant or current employee satisfies the prerequisites for the position.  The second step involves whether or not the person can perform the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
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Brownells, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

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