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Category Manager

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Job Details
Job Order Number
JC159830750
Company Name
Advantage Solutions
Physical Address

Schaumburg, IL 60173
Job Description

Summary

Category Manager

At our Company, we grow People, Brands, and Businesses!We are seeking a dedicated Category Manager whose role requires the ability to understand our retailer’s processes, understand what data is available, understand our client’s objectives and marry the three together with compelling, data-driven “storytelling”. This candidate is smart, creative, organized, curious, and confident in presenting ideas and solutions to internal sales associates, clients and customers. No day is ever the same in this job as the variety of work to be performed evolves weekly, but the importance of filtering different data sets to actionable solutions is the constant.

Take this opportunity to join North America’s leading business solutions provider and build your career working with amazing people in a growing industry! Apply today!

What we offer:

+ Full-Time Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life)

+ 401(k) with company match

+ Training and Career Development

+ Generous Paid Time-Off

Responsibilities:

+ Utilizes a broad range of data metrics, tools, and analytics to identify opportunities and deliver insights to our customers and clients.

+ Prioritizes tasks with a focus on strategic versus tactical activities that deliver stronger ROI.

+ Engages with customers and clients to understand strategies and objectives.

+ Leverages experience to create mutually beneficial solutions for all parties involved.

+ Creates insight driven presentations with actionable tactics and strategies.

+ Develops creative presentations with an eye toward story-telling, focused on flow, visualizations, headlines, and using company Branding Guidelines.

Qualifications:

+ Bachelor’s Degree required or equivalent job-related experience inMarketing, Math, Statistics, or Economic fields

+ 2-4 years of experience in the applicable field (sales and marketing agency or CPG industry solution provider, retailer, or manufacturer)

+ Demonstrated ability to work with large data sets; the appetite for numbers and analytics

+ Syndicated Data experience: Experience with IRI, Nielsen, and other relevant platforms preferred

+ Experience with application of shopper panel data and geodemographic data sets preferred

+ Understanding and application of principles and practices of Category Management (analysis of assortment, pricing, promotion, shelving, shopper) required

Responsibilities

The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

The Category Manager role requires the ability to understand our retailer’s processes, understand what data is available, understand our client’s objectives and marry the three together with compelling, data driven “story telling”. This candidate is smart, creative, organized, curious, and confident presenting ideas and solutions to internal sales associates, clients and customers. No day is ever the same in this job as the variety of work to be performed evolves weekly, but the importance of filtering different data sets to actionable solutions is the constant. The Company differentiates ourselves from our competition through the flexibility and talent of our Analytics team….be a part of it!

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Data Collection & Analysis

+ Leverages syndicated scan data and basic panel and geodemographic data to optimize new product introductions, distribution, shelving, pricing, and promotional strategies across a group of customers and clients

+ Utilizes broad range of data metrics, tools, and analytics to identify opportunities and deliver insights to our customers and clients

+ Prioritizes tasks with focus on strategic versus tactical activities that deliver stronger ROI

Client/Customer Engagement

+ Engages with customers and clients to understand strategies and objectives

+ Leverages experience to create mutually beneficial solutions for all parties involved

+ Contribute to RAVE process, focusing efforts on measurable value creation with customers and clients

Presentation Development/Delivery

+ Creates insight driven presentations with actionable tactics and strategies

+ Develops creative presentations with an eye toward story-telling, focused on flow, visualizations, headlines, and using company Branding Guidelines

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

- This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports

Indirect Reports

- Does not have direct reports, but may delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

- Travel is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job.

- Travel up to 15%

Minimum Qualifications The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Education Level: (Required) Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in marketing, math, statistics, or economic fields

Field of Study/Area of Experience:

- 2-4 years of experience in applicable field (sales and marketing agency or CPG industry solution provider, retailer, or manufacturer)

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

+ Intellectually curious, eager to problem solve, and a quick learner

+ Well-organized and strong attention to detail and accuracy

+ Demonstrated ability to work with large data sets; appetite for numbers and analytics

+ Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment

+ Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team; a hunger for “winning together”

+ Ability to confidently work with client, customer, and internal leadership

+ Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize business requests

+ Creativity…. with a passion for building visually compelling presentations

+ Good communication – written and oral – skills and strong interpersonal skills

+ Strong work ethic and desire to succeed (often with minimal supervision)

+ Microsoft Office experience: Highly proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint

+ Syndicated Data experience: Experience with IRI, Nielsen, and other relevant platforms preferred

+ Experience with application of shopper panel data and geodemographic data sets preferred

+ Understanding and application of principles and practices of Category Management (analysis of assortment, pricing, promotion, shelving, shopper) required

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any t


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