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In the ever-changing world of pet products, we work to build the ultimate customer experience by making the best products and solutions come to life. As part of our expert merchandising team, you will help us keep pets and pet parents all kinds of happy and healthy.

Merchant Trainee Program

Location Phoenix, Arizona ID 2020-1926 Apply Now
About the Team:

It's no surprise people are passionate about the health and happiness of their pet and our Merchant team is no different. When it comes to the products and solutions in our stores, our incredible teams of merchandising associates have everything covered – from head to tail! From keeping up with the top trends to developing new, innovative solutions, our buyers help ensure every pet parent can find exactly what their pet needs at PetSmart. Your involvement in sales and margin forecasts, promotional performance analysis, inventory management, and vendor relationships will play a critical role in obtaining goals while maintaining PetSmart’s reputation in the market as a trusted partner to pet parents as you learn the Merchandise Planning and Allocation role. Join our team today!


About the Job:

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Engage in a program that will prepare you for future responsibilities as a PetSmart merchant:
    • Make sure the right product is at the right location at the right time
    • Achieves sales, margin, inventory turnover, and other KPIs as designated to plan
    • Manage store in-stocks, purchase order on-time, and fill rate
    • Implement best practices and identify opportunities for improvement to support positive growth in sales/margin, drive cost reductions, and enable a strong cross-functional team
    • Support the assortment, analysis, and promotion of a specific category
    • Set the merchandise strategy for the team including: assortment selection, pricing, promotions and POGs
    • Stay abreast of market and competitor trends
    • Develop and manage vendor relationships in order to ensure the best prices, products and shipments
    • Identify items to maximize promotional and marketing strategies to meet sales and margin goals
    • Drive vendor selection and negotiation of product purchase, terms and ongoing relationship
  • Build relationships with a group of diverse-minded, fun, and inclusive teammates
  • Grow and develop. PetSmart associates have access to in-person and on-line learning and development opportunities year-round

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Graduation track of April/May 2020 or current associate
  • Solid critical thinking ability; analytical skills are highly utilized in this role
  • Ability to harness creative thinking to explore innovative ideas for continuous improvement
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication
  • A passion for a fast paced, team environment that's constantly changing
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required
  • Previous internship or work experience in retail and in an inventory planning, buying, or supply chain capacity is strongly preferred

MAYBE YOUR MAJOR IS

  • Retail and Consumer Sciences
  • Supply Chain
  • Business

About the Culture:

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

Our home office offers outstanding amenities in a fun and rewarding workplace including:

  • Pet friendly environment, bring your pets to work!
  • A work-life balance and family events such as movie nights, art events and holiday festivals
  • “Top Dog” gym with equipment, fitness classes, massage therapists and personal trainers
  • “Sit & Stay” Café serving fresh breakfast and lunch options
  • Starbucks cart—productivity at its finest!
  • “Lil’ Paws” learning center and onsite daycare facility
  • Volunteer events with PetSmart Charities
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  • What we do

    It's no surprise people are passionate about the health and happiness of their pets. So when it comes to the products and solutions they use, every detail counts. From creating and supplying the best assortment of pet accessories to ensuring our stores are fully stocked with a wide array of brands to choose from, our incredible teams of merchandising associates have everything covered – from head to tail!

  • Buying

    From keeping up with the top trends to developing new, innovative solutions, our buyers help ensure every pet parent can find exactly what their pet needs at PetSmart. Join our team, and show your love for pets by creating products as special as pets themselves!

    Our Stores Have:

  • Planning and Allocation

    Success in our stores comes from having the right product, in the right place, at the right price — and that’s where our planning and allocation team comes in. This highly strategic and analytical team ensures that all 1,500 stores are fully stocked with over 11,000 products from seven distribution centers.

    Our Team Includes:

  • Product Development

    As the leading pet specialty retailer, innovative product development is a major key to our success. Ideas for new toys and tasty treats are continually being created by our product development team to support our future strategic needs. Interestingly enough, some of our most fun ideas are inspired by our own associates and their pets!

I love to see the product & assortment that our teams create come to life and see it on other dogs in stores, restaurants and dog parks. Brings a big smile to my face!

Jessica

Sr. Buyer, Collars and Leashes

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