United Hardware Distributing in Plymouth, MN is seeking a full-time Director of Merchandising

Director of Merchandising: United Hardware Distributing in Plymouth, MN is seeking a full-time Director of Merchandising for our Merchandising Department.

United Hardware Distributing Co. is a full-line wholesale hardware distributor providing products, retail programs and support services to independent retailers. Headquartered in Plymouth, MN, United Hardware services dealers from its 400,000 square foot distribution center in Milbank, SD and delivers to locations in 18 states.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with Category Marketing in development of merchandising strategies

  • Work directly with Merchandise Managers to facilitate negotiations with vendor/suppliers for both United warehoused products and drop shipped products that are sold at retail by our member dealers

  • Help Merchandise Managers define their strategies and goals in vendor negotiations that best suit our business model, and ultimately help our member dealers be as successful as possible at retail

  • Facilitate buy-in, and execution by all associates within merchandising, of every sanctioned United Hardware corporate goal and objective leveraging the Company’s ERP system to improve overall department and company performance

  • Facilitate ongoing training with all departmental employees with job related tools; specifically EPICOR ERP system and Microsoft Excel

  • Facilitate timely and accurate communication of pertinent information from merchandising to other divisions within United Hardware which they may need to better serve our dealers

  • Facilitate timely and accurate communication of pertinent information from merchandising directly to our member dealers which they may need to be more successful in managing their business

  • Closely work with other department/division manager at United Hardware to promote and encourage a good working relationship between merchandising and all other departments within the company

  • Coordinate the attendance of appropriate merchandise managers who should attend the national trade shows, and venues germane to their respective categories

  • Establish and monitor merchandising departmental goals which merchandisers must strive to deliver

  • Give timely and meaningful annual reviews to direct reports and, if applicable, review annual reviews of all associates that are given by direct reports

  • Attend and participate in corporate leadership meetings and any other scheduled or non-scheduled meetings that the President/CEO requires

  • Participate in and help co-facilitate the selection process of circular promotions

  • Participate in and help facilitate the selection process of Big Hits, Market Specials, Hot Buys, etc., for our Dealer Markets

  • Help co-facilitate various aspects of United Hardware’s Dealer Markets and Expo. This includes the personal attendance, and any on-site work needed to be performed at these venues as well.

  • Responsible for replenishment and inventory management to ensure dealer service level goals are maintained

  • Professionally and ethically represent United Hardware and its member dealers at all times

  • Motivate and contribute to the professional development of subordinates

  • Oversee the hiring and development of new team members

  • Develop and manage budgets, and oversee the development and management of internal operating budgets

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

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

  • Seven years progressively complex experience in buying roles and assignments in the wholesale or retail hardware industry, including a minimum three years supervising and managing staff

  • Knowledge of Company products, services and systems

  • Strong analytical, negotiating and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams


  • Medical

  • Vision

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Dental

  • Life Insurance

  • LTD Insurance

  • 401k

  • Employee Purchase Program

  • Company Paid Time Off (PTO) & Paid Holidays

Qualified candidates interested in working in a team environment should apply online by clicking on the following link: http://newsite.unitedhardware.com/Content/CareersCorp

Rebecca Armstrong


5005 Nathan Lane | Plymouth, MN 55442

P 763.557.2777 F 763.548.1438 www.unitedhardware.com

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