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Category Director - Footwear and Apparel

Company: Mid-states Distributing Llc
Location: Fort Worth
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Job Details
Job Location: Mid-States Distributing LLC -Fort Worth - FORT WORTH, TX
Salary Range: Undisclosed

We are looking for competitive people who like to win big and have fun doing it. We place tremendous emphasis on creating a unique and positive company culture. Most of our employees will tell you this is the best place they've ever worked. We value high energy, and we work hard and play hard. Our consumers are primarily rural people raising "kids, cows and quarter, horses," so traditional values like God, family, and patriotism are essential here. So, if you are enthusiastic and competitive, have a great attitude, have good communication skills, are good at building relationships, love to win, and like ice cream - Mid-States is the place for you! If you are not, please apply with our competitors!
We are looking for an experienced Footwear and Apparel Director for this high-profile role within our organization. Our ideal candidate will have extensive experience in the Footwear and Apparel Category and has experience developing go-to-market recommendations and strategies. Must have the ability to communicate clearly and create impactful selling stories.
What You Will Do:

  • Manage overall strategy for the Footwear and Apparel categories
  • Manage the P/L for the Footwear and Apparel Business Unit.
  • Manage and develop strong vendor relationships and negotiate competitive programs with suppliers.
  • Identify, negotiate, and execute centralized sourcing, purchasing, and distribution opportunities thru Mid-States Warehouse.
  • Drive a growing Private Brand strategy and effectively manage cross-functional execution from inception to implementation.
  • Build & maintain strong relationships with Mid-States ownership, key executives, and buying teams
  • Become the go-to expert for market strategy, retail execution, and overall category knowledge
  • Continuously look for new supplier opportunities to deliver the best brand portfolio for our members, competitive pricing and programs, and industry best Show Specials at our Mid-States tradeshows.
  • Develop impactful category analysis and consumer insights using a range of data sources to impact sales
  • Manage vendor contracts to ensure timely receipt of rebates and promotional funding


    • Industry and category management experience needed
    • 10 years' experience in the Footwear and Apparel category and 5+ years working directly with the category director function
    • Willingness to work as part of a team
    • Knowledge of customer-centric retailing principles and the analytics of customer purchase behavior
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in the footwear and apparelindustry
    • Experience in sourcing, product development, and building strategic go-to-market plans.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Strong organizational skills, including prioritizing, scheduling, and time management
    • Ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines in a fast-paced environment

      Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean environment. The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, stooping, and significant fine finger dexterity.
      Some travel is involved. Including, but not limited to, National Trade Shows, Mid-States events, and Member and Supplier meetings.
      Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of the employee's activities, duties, or responsibilities required for this position. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
      Here are a few words from our COO:
      Mid-States is truly the best company I have ever worked for. We strive to provide a unique, exciting, fulfilling work environment for our staff. We are cautious when we hire because we want to protect that environment. Drama, laziness, and entitlement have no place at Mid-States. Our company is very financially sound and growing like crazy. If you are an enthusiastic, high-energy person with a positive attitude and the skills described above, you may have just found the last job you will ever apply for.
      I look forward to meeting you. - Jeff

Keywords: Mid-states Distributing Llc, Fort Worth , Category Director - Footwear and Apparel, Executive , Fort Worth, Texas

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