• Associate Store Operations Consultant - Inventory Management

    Ace Hardware Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Job #2430056687

  • The Job

    The Associate Store Operations Consultant - Inventory Management position is within the Store Systems and Operations department, which is responsible for researching, developing, field testing, marketing, deploying and training best practices for all day-to-day tasks associated with operating an Ace store. Our vision is to Create the most Operationally Efficient Convenience Hardware stores on the Planet.

    The department either owns the store operational bucket (Inventory Management, Financial Management, People Management) or partners with functional areas of the company (i.e. Marketing/Promotions, Store Environment, Loss Prevention) to deliver the optimal store procedures (Ace Way of Retailing) and technology solutions (POS, mobile, payments, payroll) to help our retailers maximize profits, decrease expenses, and service their customers.

    What you'll do

    Consultants within the Inventory Management division focus on all aspects of our Ace stores' largest asset and drive the overall goal of generating an in-stock position to satisfy every customer by having the right product, in the right quantity, at the right time.

    • Innovation/Creativity: Recommends refinements and improvements within existing best practices and solutions which are reviewed and approved by the manager

    • Interpersonal Skills: Effective interpersonal skills to engage with others and foster teamwork/collaboration. Able to interact and talk to retailers, vendors and field staff comfortably

    • Experience: Is known as a subject matter authority within limited areas of expertise; focused on specific operational components of the store model

    • Sales/Marketing Role: Plays support role in marketing and selling solutions; primarily focused on development of best practices vs. marketing/deployment

    • Vendor Relations: Helps manage the day-to-day operations of our vendor relationships in support of our stores

    • Consultative Skills: Functions in a support role to the manager; developing technical expertise and breadth of experience

    • Technical Skills: Ace retailers depend heavily upon technology to streamline many of the tasks in their stores, therefore members of Store Systems and Operations must have or will acquire a working knowledge of the in-store computer system as well as ACENET and all other associated data interfaces

    • Documentation: Research, write, and train on Inventory Management best practices

    What you need to succeed

    • Proven research and development skills - excelling in the ability to solve problems (i.e. "figure things out")

    • B.S. / B.A. degree or commensurate work experience

    • Understanding of the operational aspects of running a retail store or functional expertise gained from working at Ace

    • Proficient writing /documentation skills

    • Effective presentation skills; capable of training retailer groups and/or field staff teams

    • Polished interpersonal skills to engage with others

    • Excellent project management skills with attention to detail and follow up

    • Advanced PC skills including skilled knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint

    • Ability to travel approximately 10%

    Compensation Details:

    $82300- $102900

    Why should you join our team?

    We live our values - W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don't often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

    In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace also offers competitive benefits* that address life's necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

    • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 5 years resulted in incentives being paid out at an average of 126% of your target opportunity!)

    • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company contributions, averaging 9.6% per year of eligible earnings over the past 5 years

    • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability - up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents

    • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire

    • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions

    • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It's a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities - and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation

    • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review

    • We know the work environment matters. That's why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales

    • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!

    • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more

    • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off

    • Adoption cost reimbursement

    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events

    • Identity theft protection

    _* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies._

    We want to hear from you!

    When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.


    The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual's education, training and experience, the position's work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

    Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

    This written "Position Description" is not intended to cover all aspects of the position listed. It is meant to cover the basic/general essential job functions of a particular position. Ace Hardware Corporation reserves the right to change job duties, including essential job functions, according to business necessity.

    Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, with more than 5,500 locally owned hardware stores throughout approximately 70 countries. Our independently owned and operated retailers have the freedom to run their business in the way that best serves their local community. Beyond home-improvement projects, we support our communities by operating the Ace Hardware Foundation, which partners with such worthy causes as the Children's Miracle Network, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and more.

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