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Category Manager, Guitars and Bass Amplification

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Job ID: 18258
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Westlake Village, CA
Date Posted: Apr 26, 2024

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Job Description

Position Summary: Manager, Category Guitars  and Bass Amplification.

The purpose of this job is to manage the execution and strategic aspect of an assigned category, including but not limited to sales and margin, product assortment, product promotions, product inventory levels, vendor relationships, and category analysis. Carries out major assignments in conducting the operations of the business to ensure policies and procedures are practiced

Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Assortment selection and planning to specific sales, margin, and, inventory goals
  • Manage vendor relationships including negotiating pricing, delivery time, and payment terms.
  • Coordinate product launches across appropriate properties
  • Promotional, clearance, and markdown pricing
  • Work with vendors to develop exclusive products for sale through retail outlets, developing promotional opportunities with vendors to increase revenue
  • Coordinate everyday marketing efforts with Visual Merchandising, Digital Marketing, and Print advertising to drive overall success
  • Monitor and report on competitor price, promotion, assortment and presentation tactics
  • Perform weekly, monthly and quarterly category analysis and external market analysis
  • Project future sales velocity based on market and product category trends
  • Analyze consumer purchasing behavior and merchandise according to consumer purchasing trends
  • Additional duties as assigned.

About Guitar Center

The Guitar Center Company embodies the world of creativity and music by encouraging our teammates to find their own individual sound. Our mission is to develop and nurture lifelong musicians and make a difference in the world by enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the joy that comes from creating music. We believe in putting our customers first, engaging with respect and integrity and fulfilling our mission with passion.

The Guitar Center Company operates through several business divisions. Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment, with more than 290 stores across the United States.  2014 marked the milestone 50th anniversary of the Guitar Center Company as the organization continues to help people make music from coast to coast.   

 

E-Commerce brands Guitar Center, Musician's Friend and WWBW offer online sales of a broad selection of music products. The Music & Arts division operates more than 220 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors, and students since 1952. AVDG and GCPro headline the enterprise audio-visual integration business, delivering a best-in-class commercial and residential customer experience.

 

To join our band, you'll need the following experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree or 6 years of relevant work experience (in addition to degree or years of previous experience), preferably in a Musical Instrument environment
  • 2 years of experience in merchandising, retail, and/or category management
  • 2 years leading teams and/or supervisory experience
  • Valid state driver's license and automotive insurance
  • Ability to acquire work/travel documents (i.e., passport and visa) as required by various countries
  • Advanced knowledge of products found in the assigned Musical Instrument category
  • Skilled proficiency with Microsoft Excel (V-lookups, formulas, filtering, sorting, formatting)
  • Skilled knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Novice understanding of marketing and promotions functions

Pay Rate: $70,200 - $105,300 annually depending on background and experience. 

This position is eligible to participate in the Guitar Center Company bonus program based on Company performance. The job posting is not necessarily reflective of actual compensation that may be earned, nor a promise of any specific pay for any specific employee, which is always dependent on actual experience, education, and other factors. The pay range(s) listed are provided in compliance with state specific laws. Pay ranges may be different in other locations

 

Guitar Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides fair and equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. All employment decisions are based on valid job‐related requirements.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our website, you may request a reasonable accommodation to express interest in a specific opening. You can request reasonable accommodation by calling 1‐818-735-8800 ext. 2862 or by sending an email to [email protected].

 

Why join us?

With a career at Guitar Center, you become part of the world's largest multichannel musical instrument retailer. Whether at our Stores, Contact Centers, Distribution Centers, or Support Center, Guitar Center employees have a common goal: to help people find their sound and fill the world with more music.

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Guitar Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides fair and equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. All employment decisions are based on valid job‐related requirements.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our website, you may request a reasonable accommodation to express interest in a specific opening. You can request a reasonable accommodation by sending an email to [email protected].

 

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