Category Manager Skills for Resume

Updated March 17, 2017

Ask whoever you want to and you will get the same answer. Skills are essential to every type of work. What is more important is how you place them on your resume. Lack of skills (whether in a person or a resume) are complete turn offs for employers who seek skilled employees to minimize training and development costs and resources.

Never forget to include a skills section in your resume. Failing to do so may lead your resume to be binned immediately, making all the work and effort you put into writing your resume, go down the drain! What constitutes skills? This is a question that can only be answered in vague terms. Each individual has a separate set of skills that he can use to do the job. As a candidate, it is your job to see what specific skills are required for a job, and then ensure that the hiring manager is made aware of the fact that you do possess them. While you do this, you will realize that you have to do a thorough self-analysis to determine what your special skills are, and how you can use them to benefit the company where you will eventually be working.

Some skills statements, as they should appear on a resume, are given below:

Category Manager Skills for Resume

• Demonstrated expertise in creating and implementing pricing, promotion and assortment for each assigned product category

• Proven ability to collaborate and negotiate with vendors on pricing, promotion and product assortments in assigned categories

• Highly skilled in working closely with procurement teams to communicate category and promotional plans, aimed at ensuring desired levels of service are achieved

• First-hand experience in creating yearly business plans and budgets by category, based on the company’s initiatives and market trends

• Deep familiarity with reviewing category and department functions and ensuring that inventory levels are properly maintained

• Competent in providing insight into retail trends and developing strategies to influence both internal and external decision making

• Qualified to collaborate with external customers and key account teams to develop metrics that are beneficial to all areas

• Deep insight into developing and implementing segmented approaches to customer portfolios

• Highly experienced in developing global sourcing strategies to deliver against business objectives for internal clients and to effectively achieve sustainable relationships with vendors

• Well-versed in managing the fundamentals of sourcing and supplier engagement activities such as spend pattern analysis and bid evaluations

• Proven ability to effectively use market, competitive and customer perception analysis toset and adjust product price levels