Assistant Category Manager - Maternity Leave Replacement

Birks. Pure Delight.

Established since 1879, Birks is a luxury jewellery store whose reputation is built on quality, exclusivity, unique design and excellence in service. We pride ourselves in offering meaningful experiences and in building intimate relationships with each and every one of our clients.


As an Assistant Category Manager, at the Birks Head office, you will get to embody our belief in the promise of a brighter tomorrow through each interaction. As such, you will get to work in a highly motivated team that values excellence, hard work and team work.


This a full-time 1 year Temporary Contract for a maternity leaves replacement.  


Are you our hidden gem?

Under the general direction of the Manager Merchandising, the Assistant Category Manager is responsible to manage several portfolios and therefore meet or exceed the projected sales plans, inventory levels, gross margins, turnover, and strategic plan for the selected portfolios.


Also, this role maintains strong vendor relationships in an effective, efficient, and professional manner with all internal and external key partners. He/she defines assortment strategies, identifies assortment gaps and works closely with the vendors.


To do so, the Assistant Category Manager will be expected to…

  • Define the ultimate product mix, discontinuing non-productive SKUs, re-pricing items in the assortment to capture appropriate gross margin or to adjust pricing of one product relative to another (to provide a consistent value message to the customer), identifying redundancies in the assortment and identifying gaps within the assortment;
  • Work together with the Planning team to create and update basic product acquisition schedule  and new product opportunity by product area (in accordance with the profit plan financial parameters);
  • Manage evaluation process and determines appropriate disposition of diamond trade-ins;
  • Manage Diamond Engagement Ring pricing process;
  • Partner with Special Order team to maximize sales opportunities in store and ensure a sense of urgency;
  • Identify appropriate assortment additions per evaluation of business trends, market trends and overall financial results and objectives;
  • Lead new product development or acquisition initiatives for area with the use of appropriate business cases and other relevant contextual information;
  • Perform ongoing editing of assortment per performance criteria, market conditions, presentation considerations, brand positioning criteria, etc.;
  • Identify fashion trends and observes the activities of competitors to identify new opportunities;
  • Maintain a consistent dialogue with the retail stores to identify customer product preferences and participates in the development of store level product knowledge process;
  • Identify product marketing and advertising efforts and activities, ranging from in-store to catalogue to newspaper to other campaigns and mediums and ensures optimal execution and thereof;
  • Promote a positive and rewarding working environment through teamwork, recognition and motivational support.


Our ideal candidate has…



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, merchandising or in Fashion Management or any relevant Degree with experience;



  • 1-2 years experience in a similar role or working environment
  • 5 years of relevant experience in a similar role
  • Strong experience in retail or fashion environment
  • Experience in luxury or jewelry industry (strong asset)



  • Excellent organization skills, learning skills and the ability to multitask
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong team values
  • Customer Service
  • Bilingual: French and English (spoken/written).
  • Solid knowledge of MSOffice (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Knowledge of AS400 (strong asset)
  • Knowledge of MS Dynamics (strong asset)

Our promise of delight

In return for your commitment to excellence, we offer…

  • Competitive earnings
  • Social benefits
  • Wellness program
  • Award and recognition programs
  • Innovative and unique training programs
  • Employee discounts

At Birks, you will find a management team that truly cares about your professional growth. You will be empowered to be yourself, in order to offer excellent customer service and to create an experience that will build long-lasting client relationships.


Come join us at Birks, and let your true self shine!

Are you the gem we are looking for?



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