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Category Assistant

  • Job
    Junior Level
  • Hospitality & Retail
  • Toronto
  • Quick Apply


  • This position requires an advanced level of initiative and judgment in order to organize and prioritize tasks, workload and projects. Courtesy, tact and diplomacy are required in dealing with colleagues in every day working relationships.
  • Requires an understanding of inter-related work processes to be able to adapt to differing assignments
  • Provides routine information to coordinate the assignments and work procedures of others
  • Professional manner, tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with vendors and colleagues including senior management
  • Draws on a number of known options to solve problems and to develop improvements
  • Computer skills to produce effective spreadsheets, reports, documents, and presentations, as required.
  • Database management
  • Adaptable to set and prioritize work with varying exceptions. Able to work with diverse personalities and styles.
  • Communicates with clarity, verbally and in one on one or group situations, or over the telephone.
  • Communicates well in writing by composing clear documents; facility with editing and/or proof-reading is required
  • Knowledge of category management and merchandising practices and principles
  • Working knowledge of SAP considered an asset
  • Curiosity about the Beauty industry and key trends


  • Enters, maintains and monitors all critical information including key sales and financial data to prepare and analyze weekly sales reports.
  • Completes all required forms including article on-boarding forms, vendor profiles and cost change information to ensure all required documentation is complete and accurate.
  • Enters, maintains and monitors all critical products listing information to ensure details are accurate and updated as necessary.
  • Prepares and submits worksheets for flyers, various merchandising plans and seasonal spreadsheets to include accurate estimates, sales, deal and retail information.
  • Proofs and edits flyer and other seasonal marketing initiatives to ensure accuracy and make adjustments as required.
  • Provides support to Marketing Call Centre to resolve issues or concerns in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Prepares and distributes communications for stores to ensure category information or updates are provided in a timely manner.
  • Monitors and liaises with relevant departments including, Digital, Marketing, Planogram, Logistics, Inventory and Promotions to resolve issues or concerns in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Gathers and compiles data/info from multiple vendors to prepare worksheets for submission for all seasonal programs
  • Liaises with vendor community to ensure on-time delivery of all required materials to drive the category sales and growth
  • Works closely with Digital team to ensure on-time execution and product delivery of new brands and items online

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Mission & Purpose

Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is a licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart® (Pharmaprix® in Québec). Founded in 1962 by Toronto pharmacist Murray Koffler, we have grown to a national network of more than 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada.