Manager, Thoughtfull Curation - 14 Month Contract

Contract | Toronto, ON

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Manager, Thoughtfull Curation - 14 Month Contract

Contract | Toronto, ON

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Dedicated to telling stories and creating experiences, Indigo is always looking for bright, energetic and customer-focused people who can help bring our exciting mission to life.

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Job Details

Company Description

Current Indigo employees should apply through the Internal Mobility page using your @indigo.ca email address.

Dedicated to telling stories and creating experiences, Indigo is always looking for bright, energetic and customer-focused people who can help bring our exciting mission to life in one of our more than 200 Indigo, Indigospirit, Chapters and Coles stores across Canada. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities at our retail stores, distribution centres, and home office for people who share our passions and want to be part of a dynamic and enriching culture.

WHO WE ARE

  • We love books and all things beautiful
  • We are Canada’s Cultural Department Store
  • Books are our heart and our soul and Great Books are JUST the Beginning…

We play by the following rules:

  • We exist to add joy to our customers’ lives each and every time they interact with us and our products
  • Our job is to create joyful moments for our customers
  • We treat each other the way we’d treat a valued friend
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We seek to ignite creativity and innovation every day
  • We give back to the communities in which we operate

Job Description

The Manager, Thoughtfull Curation is accountable for creating and implementing the vision, strategy and direction for their portfolio to support the Thoughtfull Marketplace. The role of the Manager is to expand Indigo’s existing assortment by sourcing new product and introducing new product categories. Their unique perspective of the Gifting market will fuel a highly differentiated product assortment that will enable national growth.  

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 

Strategic 

  • Set strategic plans for the Gifting Platform that align with total Gifting strategic plans 
  • Collaborate with Product Management & Product Marketing Teams to develop marketing strategies that align with assortment strategies 

Functional 

  • Lead the development of the assortment to support the Thoughtfull Marketplace 
  • Develop partnerships and source product from a range of sellers based on strong customer insights and market research Meets Sales, Margin and Turn Goals set in collaboration with the Head of Thoughtfull 
  • Lead key negotiations with Sellers to gain best possible terms of engagement 
  • Develop go-to-market plans for all product launches, establishing a rigorous calendar of new brands to ensure newness is consistently introduced to the Thoughtfull Marketplace  
  • Manage Gifting “giftlists” through effective understanding of customer consumption patterns, market trends and product launches 
  • Lead the development of Merchandising Plans that are consistent with overall merchandising calendar 
  • Conduct Financial Analysis to recommend action to maximize sales and profit 
  • Provide ongoing analysis and reporting to evaluate product, brand and “giftlist” performance  
  • Collaborate with Operations Teams to ensure Sellers meet brand requirements 
  • Lead Quarterly assortment reviews 
  • Ensure the implementation and compliance of operating standards and practices across entire line of business 
  • Stay ahead of market trends, bring fresh ideas for product launches and brand partnerships to the broader team 
  • Ensure the execution of team deliverables and adapt team priorities based on changing needs 
  • Set/adhere to team budgets, as applicable 
  • Act as an advocate for the customer by placing them at the forefront of all decision-making processes 
  • Embrace and seek out technology that creates high tech and high touch solutions for Indigo’s customers 
  • Proactively identify and anticipate customer expectations and needs 
  • Challenge the status quo by consistently identifying areas for improvement, diagnosing issues and working to resolve them 

People   

  • Bring out the best in others, empower and constructively stretch talent 
  • Give authentic feedback on performance and potential 
  • Ensure all team members understand where they stand and have clear performance objectives aligned with Indigo and team goals 
  • Collaborate with others to drive flexible and iterative solutions, quickly and easily 
  • Share technical knowledge with others and actively seek to learn from those more knowledgeable than yourself 
  • Help others see the impacts of their efforts and proactively engage other functions to get input 
  • Encourage others to freely share their point of view and be open to feedback 

Cultural 

  • Model Indigo’s beliefs and convey a positive image in everything you do  
  • Celebrate diversity of thought and have an open mindset 
  • Take an active role in fostering a culture of continual learning, taking risks without the fear of making mistakes 
  • Embrace, champion and influence change through your team and/or the organization 

Qualifications

WHO YOU ARE: 

  • University Degree an asset 
  • Experience in Retail Industry, Gifting, E-Commerce preferred  
  • Minimum 6 years experience in retailing, product development, category management, or brand development  
  • Proven ability to build productive business relationships with both internal and external partners 
  • Proven ability to negotiate effectively with external business partners 
  • Proven ability to establish vision and set direction for a team 
  • Proven ability to lead a team through change 
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines and reacting quickly to shifting priorities 
  • Outstanding communication skills 
  • Passionate for the category 
  • 25% Travel for Trade Shows, Store Visits & Competitive Shopping 
  • Access to a vehicle with a valid drivers license an asset 

Additional Information

Indigo Books & Music is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants with a disability throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources if you require accommodation. We will work with all applicants to accommodate their individual accessibility needs. 

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