Marcus joined Spreadshop as a Category Manager in November last year. As an independent brand, Spreadshop is part of the Spread Group universe and offers a free online shop system for creatives, companies, and associations worldwide. Marcus is responsible for the assortment area, which means he takes care of all products such as clothing, accessories, or home & living products. He sees to questions like “Which new products should be available in the store?”, “Which ones are old news?”, and ”What are the current fashion trends?” Marcus keeps an eye on global fashion developments and analyzes customer needs. We talked to him about his first weeks in his new job with us.
What made you decide to join Spread Group?
Marcus: I have known Spread Group for quite some time and have also had my eye on the Category Manager position. I was unsure whether I had the best qualifications for this position, and a direct message from the recruiter on LinkedIn motivated me to take a closer look at the job. She presented the position to me in more detail, and we agreed on an initial, non-binding meeting. In my old job, I traveled a lot and I wanted to create a home base. Since I already had the job in mind, it was the perfect moment for a new start. It felt right from the start (laughs).
And what do you find exciting about your job as Category Manager?
Marcus: Empowerment. I was able to take on responsibility from day one. Although I’ve only been with the company for a short time, my manager has a lot of trust in me. Even in areas that are still quite new to me – as for example pricing – I can make decisions independently.
What skills do you need for this job?
Marcus: A penchant for fashion and a feel for trends and people. You should also have an interest in social media, as this is where trends emerge and pick up speed very quickly. An analytical understanding and the ability to quickly recognize correlations should not be underestimated.
And when you’re not at work today – how do you spend your time?
Marcus: I spend a lot of time with my dog and enjoy being out and about with friends and family. I’ve also been running my own online shop with two friends for a couple of years. We sell synthetic hair wigs. I am mainly responsible for the design of the shop and choose the products.
Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
Marcus: I am passionate about drag queens. That was also the reason for my own wig online shop. I can completely “transform” myself in just under three hours (laughs). This passion also has advantages for my day-to-day work, especially when it comes to assortment. I simply know what’s hot among women at the moment.
Interested in joining #TeamSpreadGroup? Have a look at our career pages, as we are currently having a lot of very exciting vacancies.