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EJD Retail Planning & Execution Specialist- West

Ace Hardware

This is a Contract position in Los Angeles, CA posted August 2, 2022.

The Job

The Retail Planning & Execution Specialist is responsible for effectively leading on-site project execution and completing projects on time and within budget. In addition, this role plays an active part in the pre-execution planning process by participating in project meetings and providing input on key planning activities. Lastly, this role is a key strategic partner to the sales team in driving new business and participating in customer prospecting meetings.

Preferred Residence: West- Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, or LA.

What you will do…

  • Effectively lead on-site project execution; communicate, lead, and develop MSO team members to complete projects on time and within allocated labor budget
  • Provide inputs for all required process documentation in a timely manner: pre-execution plan, project expense estimator tool validations, project recaps & photos, etc.
  • Provide input on key elements of project planning: store layout, assortment plans, delivery dates, etc.
  • Participate in project meetings and understand project scope by participating in various milestones throughout the customer conversion process – including store audits (prospecting) and store walks (planning)
  • During project planning weeks, participate in customer prospecting visits with the local TM and Sales Director
  • Provide customer consultation on store layout – including department placement and category adjacencies; understand, embrace, and clearly communicate EJD value proposition to customers
  • Provide candid feedback on opportunities for improvement with the conversion and project execution processes and work with internal team members to develop and implement solutions

What you need to be successful…

  • 10 years of store planning, visual merchandising, or store management experience in retail environment and / or Bachelor’s Degree with 7 years of experience
  • Hardware / Home Improvement industry experience required
  • Customer-centric with excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communications skills with understanding of EJD customers & channels
  • Ability to effectively lead store conversion and remodel projects and accomplish objectives in active store environment
  • Detail-oriented and extremely organized self-starter who is able to thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks, solve problems and meet deadlines
  • Understanding of the markets and industries of Emery Jensen customers
  • Embodies company values and is customer focused
  • Must have the ability to climb a ladder, stand for a period of time, and carry 35lbs to put stock away.
  • FIELD: Company Car, phone and fuel card are included for field based positions.

Why should you join our team?

  • We live out our values- W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork).
  • Rapid Company Growth! This led to paying out our 2020 and 2021 incentive above 125%
  • Collaborative and inclusive working environment with Ace Hardware
  • Tuition Reimbursement program
  • Flexible working arrangements (Non-Field positions can work from home up to 2 days per week)
  • Competitive 401k program
  • Generous vacation days (prorated based on when you start)- In January, you will receive 21 days for the first 5 years of your employment.

We want to hear from you!
Emery Jensen Distribution delivers wholesale products and best-in-class service to independent retailers in the Pro Lumber Yards, Home Centers, Paint, Hardware Stores, Decorating Stores, and E-retailer space. Our goal is to support sustainable and profitable growth for our customers by offering the broadest assortments, best pricing, and most knowledgeable team. We have national scale, a regional focus and the commitment to serve our customers and support each other. Come find out why a career with Emery Jensen Distribution is right for you.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Emery Jensen Distribution, a subsidiary of Ace Hardware, is committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.