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

Date Posted: 1/31/2024

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  • Pay Range
    $100,000.00 - $125,000.00 Salaried

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 Category Manager is responsible for the overall merchandising direction for their categories in store and on with the goal of meeting/exceeding sales and margin targets.  The Category Manager will report directly to the Category Director and focus on the product category and customer by incorporating competitive intelligence, customer insight, and business analysis.  This position is responsible for the purchase and negotiation of merchandise and will partner with the planning, inventory, finance and marketing teams to develop strategies to maximize business opportunities

 Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Work with category director to develop a strategic vision for product categories and actionable plans that support the overall objectives
  • Analyze and forecast category sales data to identify business growth opportunities and liabilities
  • Manage merchandise programs, vendor relationships, store merchandising, inventory management, markdowns and marketing in accordance with the category strategic plan
  • Develop vendor relationships that grow the business via market meetings, trade shows, thoughtful planning and communication
  • Create new business concepts and products to grow and improve our in store/online experience
  • Perform competitive shopping to increase the connection to our customers and know the market place
  • Analyze feedback and other sources to define and improve category strategies, product assortments, marketing and pricing
  • Develop, mentor and lead a team of 1 -2 associates
  • Partner closely with business partners in Operations and Planning to drive in store execution and presentation; inventory management in stores
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of cross-functional teams (Visual, Marketing, Data Management, Planning, Stores, Facilities, Safety)
  • Partner with e Commerce to share the product vision and strategy, in order to execute and launch on
  • Actively monitor, analyze and report on the business and market trends
  • Work with product development teams to manage the timeline and overall product designs, pricing, MOQ’s within a given category
  • Work with Site Merchandise Manager on key initiatives impacting category performance, business results and customer experience

Job Requirements

Skills Required:

  • Thorough knowledge of buying and operations gained through progressive experience
  • Business acumen with extensive experience in analyzing data and forecasting methods
  • Demonstrated effectiveness with decision making, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Strong leadership and management experience skills with a track record for building effective teams and developing direct reports
  • Ability to adapt to change quickly
  • Strong product sensibility
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Highly organized with an impeccable attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
  • Display a positive attitude, professional manner and a willingness to be a team player and assist co-workers at all levels
  • Adapts to and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups
  • Strong comprehensive understanding of PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook required


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 4 years merchandise experience required; preferably with a large organization in a similar role

 Expected Salary Range:

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.

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