Steve Lieberman

  • General Merchandise Manager
  • Naperville, IL, US
  • Apr 06, 2020
Full time Merchandising Strategy / Planning

Work Experience

General Merchandise Manager
May 2018 - Nov 2019 Paint, Cleaning, Impulse, Housewares, Innovation, Holiday

• Led several DMMs in all aspects of merchandising in support of accelerated sales and increasing margin
• Oversaw operationalization of www.theGrommet.com acquisition into wholesale and brick & mortar retail
• Spearheaded several category turnaround strategies including Cleaning and Housewares
• Directed efficiencies thru process improvement and technology solutions for seasonal categories
• Guided teams through 2019 Tariff and Transformational Growth Assessment negotiations
• Key achievement: Negotiated long-term national brand supply and private label manufacturing agreement
of liquid paint; Directed transition and retail implementation plans

Divisional Merchandise Manager - Paint
Dec 2017 - May 2018

Led department of merchants, technical, marketing and customer service teams in support of domestic
wholesale, retail and eComm as well as international private label paint and sundry businesses
• Developed talent within the department resulting in several promotions
• Initiated turnaround strategy addressing multiple years of flat liquid paint sales
• Key achievement: Oversaw multi-million dollar cost-out efforts of several category line reviews resulting in both wholesale and retail margin improvements

Director, Business Development
May 2016 - Dec 2017 BUILD.COM

(June 2017 - December 2017)
• Led profitable category expansion beyond three primary product verticals
• Crafted strategic plan based on category market share, channel opportunities, competitive landscape and profit
projections
• Established process and reporting for financial and logistical components of liquidation business including
annual forecasting, open-to-buy implementation and structured markdown cadence to ensure turns goals are
achieved while maximizing profitability
• Implemented portfolio strategy to develop multi-year strategic planning and forecasting

Director, Lighting Division Category Manager
May 2016 - Jun 2017

Responsible for the P&L of the Lighting division for the Build.com network of sites including Build.com,
LightingDirect.com and LightingShowplace.com

• Key achievement: Led a multi-level team of high performing brand managers and site merchandisers to deliver
double-digit year-over-year topline growth
• Initiated organizational RACI process to identify opportunities to drive efficiencies in workflows and the organizational structure

Multiple positions of increasing responsibility
Aug 2002 - Aug 2015 The Home Depot

Education

Bachelor of Science - Marketing
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY