Category Specialist

Glenview, IL 60026

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Position Profile

The Category Specialist will work closely with the Category Managers on implementing product line tactics, execute reporting and analysis tasks to identify opportunities for improvement, assisting with cost and bid analysis and updating internal and external product information. The successful Category Specialist candidate will be a self-starter, inquisitive, and detailed oriented. This role will report to the Director of Category Management within the Electrical and Electronic Solutions (EES) division.


  • Effectively evaluate large sets of data, identify trends, proactively solicit feedback from others and recommend solutions while understanding business impact.
  • Taking direction from the Category Manager on standard cost strategy to maintain costs by product group, categories, geographies, individual part number, etc.
  • Review / Update the Daily Non-Stock report and assign correct product class categories.
  • Analyze repeat non-stock orders and recommend creation & stocking of new part numbers.
  • Create/Update/Withdraw existing part numbers within the Anixter system.
  • Take guidance from the Category Manager on their products, develop an e-commerce pricing strategy and execute that with the digital team.
  • Help manage tactical relationship with key suppliers.
  • Identify product / process cost improvement opportunities.
  • Assist the Product Manager in development of marketing collateral.
  • Assist in the collection and maintenance of product information, including product specifications, product images and additional product content.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in sales, marketing or similar roles
  • Previous experience in the electrical distribution market is a plus
  • Must be self-motivated with a strong sense of urgency and detail oriented
  • Team First mentality with a positive / can-do attitude
  • Strong Analytical and commercial skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication / presentation skills
  • Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority
  • Good PC skills including office applications such as Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Company Information

Anixter International is a leading global distributor of Network & Security Solutions, Electrical& Electronic Solutions and Utility Power Solutions. We help build, connect, protect, and power valuable assets and critical infrastructures. From enterprise networks to industrial MRO supply to video surveillance applications to electric power distribution, we offer full-line solutions, and intelligence, that create reliable, resilient systems that sustain businesses and communities.

Work Environment
Our founders developed the Blue Book more than 40 years ago to present the beliefs and ethos that define our business style. While we have grown and changed dramatically since we were established in 1957, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to the values presented in the Blue Book. You can review The Blue Book here.

Anixter is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer; Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.
We require all of our employees to perform work in an ethical manner and uphold a culture of honesty and ethics at all times.

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Our Blue Book!

Some companies have mission statements, some have employee policies.....we have the Blue Book.

"Enthusiasm is the greatest business asset in the world. It beats money, power and influence." Read more to find out if Anixter's business style is a good fit for you.

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EEO is the Law, and we comply with every aspect of it. It's part of our values, and the way we conduct business. For more information, click here: EEO is the Law

Anixter is an Affirmative Action employer and an inclusive environment. We welcome all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, and ages, candidates who are veterans, disabled, LGBT, and we welcome diverse viewpoints and experiences. Our employees reflect our customers, vendors, and communities.

We require all of our employees to perform work in an ethical manner and uphold a culture of honesty and ethics at all times.

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