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Associate Category Manager in Woodcliff Lake, NJ at Party City Holdings Inc.

Date Posted: 5/22/2023

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
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  • Experience:
    At least 2 year(s)
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  • Pay Range
    $0.00 - $0.00 per hour

Job Description

Company Overview: 

Party City Holdco Inc. (PCHI) is a global leader in the celebrations industry, with its offerings spanning more than 70 countries around the world. PCHI is also the largest vertically integrated designer, manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of party goods in North America.

PCHI team members demonstrate a daily commitment to the company's Brand Purpose: to inspire joy by making it easy for customers to create unforgettable memories.

PCHI operates across multiple businesses within its Retail Division and Consumer Products Division. On the retail side, Party City ( is the leading omnichannel retailer in the celebrations category, operating more than 800 company-owned and franchise stores, as well as Halloween City ( seasonal pop-up stores. The Consumer Products Division includes design and manufacturing entities Amscan, an industry leader in celebration décor, tableware, costumes, and accessories, and Anagram, the global market leader in foil balloons.  

PCHI is headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. with additional locations throughout the Americas and Asia.    

Job Overview:

The Assistant Category Manager (Asst. CM) is a critical contributor to the Category team that supports all aspects of the buying cycle, as well as the management, merchandising and marketing of category product.  The Asst. CM is responsible to develop expert product knowledge as well as understand customer insights within Party City and across the competition, marketplace and industry. This position is responsible to ensure the accuracy and integrity of product data from system entry to ongoing maintenance and create reporting and analysis on category/product/sku performance. The Asst.CM must possess a versatile understanding of functional process to promote effective engagement with partners in merchandising, inventory and space planning, product development, visual merchandising, ecommerce operations, pricing and analytics, marketing and store operations. The Asst. CM must possess outstanding communication skills as well as effective time management and decision making as they routinely and independently engage with vendors, supply chain and store stakeholders to drive results. This role offers regular development assignments to provide exposure to next level experiences to challenge performance and prepare for growth. The Asst.CM is intended to enable succession. Therefore, Asst. CMs must be interested in next level assignments and demonstrate a desire to win, willingness to learn and an “it can be done” mindset.

Responsibilities and duties: 

Develop expert knowledge of category product and customer.

  • Identify opportunities to inform store and category partners in key departments to champion category exposure and awareness.
  • Participate in competitive research; identify trends and product opportunities for future assortments.  Regularly present opportunities to Category team.

Maintain integrity of product data in systems, assortment sheets, and planograms for departments and categories

  • Coordinate the product set up process, inputting data and attribute information into all systems
  • Generate and distribute all weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual sales reports offering general analysis, as appropriate
  • Consult with category and visual merchandising team on product presentations; install and document initial presentation, collaborate on managing and maintain accurate planograms (i.e., samples, packaging, and price labels)
  • Collaborate with Operations on any merchandising, presentation or product details to communicate to store teams. Address inquiries from store teams and field leadership related to product or direction; engage category partners as appropriate

Support all aspects of the Party City Buying Cycle

  • Contribute to regular product walk throughs and weekly category meetings, offering ideas and recommendations from analysis and insights
  • Support category presentation prep (i.e. Create/develop style boards and line packets to effectively represent product)
  • Gain strong understanding of cross functional process and develop working relationships and influence with category (POD) team members.

Demonstrate high Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness.

  • Manage timely communication and correspondence with category vendors.
  • Balance competing priorities with effective time management, organization and planning
  • Manage personal calendar and category priorities to meet team and individual objectives

Expected Salary Range: $80,440 - 90,550

The salary range offered for this position is a good faith description of the expected salary range this role will pay. PCHI reserves the right to pay more or less than the stated range based on a variety of factors such as experience, geography, etc.

Job Requirements

Skills Required: 

  • Energizes Others: Has high energy and passion. Is influential, collaborative and adaptable to the needs of others.
  • Results Focused: Consistently among top performers; gets important things done. Puts customer first when making decisions or forming a plan.
  • Strategic Agility: Understands key relationships relevant to achieving short and long range objectives. Uses data, analysis and business acumen to make good decisions.


  • 2+ years of experience required with a strong interest/background in retail merchandising or product development
  • High service orientation with excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Highly detail oriented and organized
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize and balance competing priorities
  • Adaptable, work effectively in a variety of situations, resourceful and solution minded
  • Develop and follow standard operating processes
  • Proficient in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook

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