Merchandise Manager @ United Hardware

May 22, 2017

Merchandise Manager: United Hardware Distributing is seeking a full-time Merchandise Manager for our Merchandising Department.


Duties and Responsibilities:


·         Work with internal buyers to:
          - Develop merchandise offerings
          - Monitor circular selection, product line reviews, and product selection
          - Establish gross margins that are profitable for United Hardware and its dealers
          - Assist the Inventory Management department on a regular basis to insure the proper flow of

            goods through the distribution channel by identifying and assisting in resolving any issues that             may arise
          - Insure competitive Market programs through merchandise selection, vendor representation
          - Select product for circulars. Negotiate pricing and set points for circular merchandise. Obtain

             vendor co-op funds
          - Establish departmental goals that are consistent with the direction set by management that

             will improve the performance of the department in service and sales to the dealer
          - Meet with Director of Merchandising regularly to review and provide input on department

             projects and goals
          - Work with Dealer Advisory Committees to establish and maintain retail priorities within the

          - Work with vendors, sales department and/or dealers to reduce excess inventory and eliminate

             close out inventory from warehouse

·         ​Develop and train employees on our computer system, on-line capabilities, daily report reading,

          daily maintenance, buying philosophy, etc.

·         Supervise employees who report to this position; review their performance on a regular basis

·         Make sales and dealer presentations

·         Meet with vendors at national shows regarding new products and competitive lines, and to

          address concerns

·         Respond to dealer and management questions and concerns

·         Resolve complex or difficult issues concerning price, terms, or delivery dates

·         Give timely and meaningful annual reviews to direct reports and, if applicable, review annual

          reviews of all associates that are given by direct reports

·         Motivate and contribute to the professional development of subordinates

·         Oversee the hiring and development of new team members

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or similar field, or equivalent education or


·         Five years progressively complex experience in buying roles and assignments in the wholesale or

          retail hardware industry, including a minimum two years supervising and managing staff.


·         Knowledge of Company products, services and systems.


·         Strong written, verbal, analytical, negotiating and interpersonal skills.


·         Ability to organize and prioritize work, and to meet deadlines.


·         Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint



Qualified candidates interested in working in a team environment should email their resume and salary requirements to: 

Attn: Job # 7881-36.


For questions, contact:


Rebecca Armstrong

Human Resources - Administrative Assistant

United Hardware Distributing Company

Phone: 763-557-2777 / Fax: 763-550-2570



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