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Category Assistant

United States, New York, New YorkFSCO Headquarters

Job description

F. Schumacher & Co. is an innovative interior design company that is disrupting the $150 billion-dollar global interior design industry. We are a technological leader on the design frontier, constantly pushing boundaries and striving for excellence. With over 500+ employees and growing, we are driven by a shared belief that design transforms life. We are dedicated to the mission of helping our customers “celebrate the feeling of home”. Schumacher designs and produces some of the most beautiful fabrics, wall-coverings, trims, furniture, and accessories in the world. Our portfolio of products is broad, but they are united by a passion for design, a thirst for what is next, an appreciation for what’s come before, a drive to make our products with enormous care and attention for detail. Schumacher is a globally recognized company with a myriad of showrooms both domestically and internationally.

Our competitive advantage in the industry is people. We believe that our employees are our most valuable asset. F. Schumacher & Co is deeply anchored in our company core values which are as follows:

  • Preserve The Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Take Ownership & Accountability
  • Be Solutions-Oriented
  • Demonstrate Courage
  • Practice Adaptability
  • Embrace Collaboration

We empower our employees to live these values daily because we understand how it will positively impact the customer journey. F. Schumacher & Co., also known as FSCO, is the parent company of many brands within our portfolio. This role is part of Schumacher North America, which is the largest division of the company.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equality in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law.

As Category Assistant, you will support the Merchandising & Procurement team ensuring seamless, accurate, and timely execution and documentation of product information across multiple systems. You will also help to monitor the development of new goods/launch product according to category strategies and SKU level line plans. Additionally, you will analyze product performance of both new and existing product to understand lifecycle, replenishment needs, and help identify white space opportunities. The Category Assistant will interface with Design, Procurement, Operations, and the vendor base daily in support of key product development deliverables and purchase orders readiness; as well as liaise with eComm/Visual Merchandising and Marketing in support of product features, launches, and other initiatives. The Category Assistant will develop a customer-focused mindset, detailed knowledge of the business, and studied appreciation of the market. The Category Assistant will report to the Senior Category Manager and support all company and department initiatives.


  • Manage and execute all product data (within assigned category) across multiple systems, tools, and documents
  • Ensure data integrity and troubleshoot when discrepancies arise
  • Manage SKU creation documentation and processes
  • Within assigned category, manage product hierarchy and attribute lists
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to follow the product development calendar and meet deliverables on time
  • Partner with the Merchandising & Procurement to roll up bulk and sampling needs for new goods, as well as reorder/replenishment opportunities based on detailed sales analysis
  • Lead launch tracking meetings with multiple cross-functional partners to monitor launch readiness
  • Conduct and report thorough analyses of product selling
  • Contribute to the creation of category strategies for both new goods (launches) and the existing portfolio, tied to annual company sales plans and margin targets

Job requirements


  • 1-2 years of project management, merchandising, product development, and/or category management experience preferred
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel is required
  • Excellent attention to detail, organization, and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to multi-task and the willingness to be a team player, while effectively meeting deadlines
  • A self-motivated, proactive, fearless and positive attitude
  • An eagerness to learn while keeping up in a fast-paced environment
  • A passion for beauty, style and interior design

Benefits Package

Your wellbeing is our top priority. Our benefits and total compensation are designed for the whole person, caring for both you and your family.

Wealth Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Corporate Annual Profit Sharing
  • 401K Plan

Health Benefits:

  • Dental Coverage
  • Medical Coverage
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Vision Coverage
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)

Other Benefits:

  • 25 Days Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 11 Company Holidays
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • AFLAC Plans (Accident and Critical Illness Plans)
  • Pet Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability (STD)
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Parental Medical Leave
  • Child Bonding Leave
  • Employee Discount