Senior Category Manager

  • Advantage Solutions
  • 8 Dorchester Rd, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
  • Full-Time
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**Summary**



**Senior Category Manager**



At our Company, we grow People, Brands, and Businesses! As part of our commitment to building brands through winning insights for our clients and customers, the Senior Category Manager is a critical role on our Analytics, Insights and Intelligence team. The Senior 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 \"storytelling\". This candidate is strategic, creative, organized, curious, and confident in presenting ideas and solutions to internal sales associates and clients and customers. A Senior Category Manager utilizes multiple data sources (syndicated, geodemographic, shopper, customer, shipment, financial, etc.) fluently to build best in class presentations and demonstrates the art and the science of insight creation from complex data sets. 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.



If you are looking to make a difference as a part of a great team, come, stay, grow and lead with the Analytics, Insights and Intelligence team at the Company! 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:**



+ Creates visually compelling, insight-driven presentations with actionable tactics and strategies.

+ Utilizes a broad range of data sources, market research findings, tools, and analytics to identify opportunities and deliver insights with actionable strategies and quantifiable results and shares those insights and strategies with market level resources.

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

+ Engages with clients and customers to understand strategies and objectives, leverage that information in developing analytics, insights, and strategies, and then transmits that information to market level resources.

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

+ Provides guidance, direction, and mentoring to Category Managers, Category Leadership Associates, and Category Analysts.



**Qualifications:**



+ Bachelor's Degree required; B.A./B.S. in Marketing, Math, Statistics, or Economic fields

+ 3-5 years' Experience in an applicable field (sales and marketing agency or CPG industry solution provider, retailer, or manufacturer)

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

+ Syndicated Data experience: Mastery of IRI, Nielsen, and other relevant platforms preferred

+ Deep experience with the application of shopper panel data and geodemographic datasets

+ 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.



**Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities**



Presentation Development/Delivery/Thought Leadership



+ Creates visually compelling, insight driven presentations with actionable tactics and strategies

+ Utilizes broad range of data sources, market research findings, tools and analytics to identify opportunities and deliver insights with actionable strategies and quantifiable results and shares those insights and strategies with market level resources

+ Resource for strategic, enterprise driven analytics and insight work



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 Leadership and Management



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

+ Engages with clients and customers to understand strategies and objectives, leverage that information in developing analytics, insights, and strategies, and then transmits that information to market level resources

+ 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



Associate Development



+ Participates in assigned training and demonstrates learning in everyday work

+ Actively builds skill set by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and developing and maintaining personal networks

+ Provides guidance, direction, and mentoring to Category Managers, Category Leadership Associates, and Category Analysts



**Supervisory Responsibilities**



Direct Reports

- This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports



Indirect Reports

- May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports



**Travel and/or Driving Requirements**



- Travel and Driving are not essential duties or functions of this job

Travel up to 25%



**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): B.A.-B.S. in Marketing, Math, Statistics, or Economic fields



Field of Study/Area of Experience:

3-5 years' 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)

+ Demonstrate forward-looking, strategic thinking ability

+ Microsoft Office experience: mastery of Excel, Word, PowerPoint

+ Syndicated Data experience: Mastery of IRI, Nielsen, and other relevant platforms preferred

+ Deep experience with application of shopper panel data and geodemographic data sets

+ 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 time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.



Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes. Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).



**Important Information**



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.



The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.



The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable federal, state and local laws including Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinances. All of our positions require the satisfactory completion of a background check. Please be aware that acknowledging or having criminal convictions does not constitute an automatic bar to employment. Factors including, but not limited to age and time of the offense, seriousness and nature of the violation, and rehabilitation will be taken into account.



**Primary Posting Location : City** _Woodcliff Lake_



**Primary Posting Location : State/Province** _NJ_



**Primary Posting Location : Country** _US_



**Requisition ID** _2019-206715_



**Position Type** _Full Time_



**Category** _Category Management, Insights and Planning_


* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.