Manager Category Management in Chicago at The Bountiful Company

Date Posted: 9/15/2022

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Job Description

Company Description

The Bountiful Company, a Nestlé Health Science Company, is a pure play branded leader in global nutrition, living at the intersection of science and nature. As a manufacturer, marketer and seller of vitamins, minerals, herbal and other specialty supplements, and active nutrition products, we are focused on enhancing the health and wellness of people’s lives. The Bountiful Company’s portfolio of trusted brands includes Nature's Bounty®, Solgar®, Osteo Bi-Flex®, Puritan’s Pride®, Sundown® and Ester-C®.

Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace matters at The Bountiful Company.  This includes being focused on retaining and recruiting a diverse workforce and building a culture of inclusivity.  Our goal is to create a place where people feel respected, valued and able to bring their authentic selves to work each day. 

Did we mention that we also offer excellent benefits, competitive compensation and a progressive, healthy company culture? If you’ve ever spent your workdays watching the clock, you know how important a positive work environment is for a person’s well-being. The Bountiful Company is committed to supporting wellness in all forms. And when it comes to wellness, nature is a pretty good place to start.

Job Description

The Manager Category Management performs a valuable role in building a strong partnership with the company's key retailers by developing and implementing analytics and insights to deliver against company, category, and customer priorities.  This is a great opportunity to implement category management principles on Regional Grocery West accounts for Albertson's, Meijer and others on multiple brands, including Nature's Bounty®, Orgain®, Nuun®, and Boost®.  This role can be located in the Mid-Western / Western U.S. region.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Establish clear Category Management strategies for the company and retailers based on Industry Trends & Consumer Insights by leveraging various data sources to construct dynamic presentations in order to communicate strategies and achieve objectives.
  • Serve as an expert in translating internal knowledge into action to identify opportunities for assigned retailers. 
  • Collaborate with the account teams and cross functional teams to develop solutions to business issues.
  • Establish and deliver best-in-class merchandising recommendations, leveraging tools such as JDA and Rich Mix.
  • Influence the customer by identifying opportunities and providing potential solutions that align with retailer and company objectives.
  • Assist with any research, and lead projects, to deliver category solutions benefitting both the customer and the company.
  • Develop category reviews, line reviews, promotion analysis, new item trackers, etc.
  • Leverage data tools to provide reporting and insights which will further develop company and retailer objectives.
  • Develop analyses and insights that will help with business issues including: SKU rationalization, item defense, new item sell in, category reviews, new item tracking, consumer behavior, etc.
  • Incorporate advanced consumer data (Macro Level Insights Market Research, Consumer Decision Tree, Household Panel data, customer consumer data, rich mix, JDA) into analyses as relevant.
  • Partner with key internal teams such as strategy and sales to leverage insights to develop business at assigned retailers.

Job Requirements

  • 5+ years of Consumer Packaged Goods, preferably FMCG, industry experience, primarily Category Management driven
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Microsoft Office (very strong Excel/PowerPoint), IRI, Customer and Syndicated Data
  • Prior experience working with IRI/Nielsen syndicated and panel data
  • Experience with Regional Grocery West accounts for Albertson's, Meijer and others a strong plus 
  • JDA experience preferred
  • Basic Business Math
  • Foundational understanding of the Principles of Category Management
  • Data synthesis and Visualization
  • Story telling through data
  • High level of organizational skills, good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships and senior level engagement
  • Ability to extract clear, concise insights from multiple data sources.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable working remotely
  • Experience working alongside national retailers and building successful partnerships
  • Experience working and collaborating cross functionally (account teams, strategy teams)
  • Must work well in a team environment and have a demonstrated ability to operate at all levels within an organization
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Must be comfortable leading multiple retailers for a region
  • The ability to utilize creativity and push beyond the obvious, comfortable going into “unchartered” territory in setting out recommendations, goals
  • Problem solver with a solutions oriented mindset
  • Dynamic leader who can push past obstacles, overcome objections
  • Understand the value of listening to customers, gaining insights and moving objectives forward
  • 25% or more overnight travel time required

Ref # POS000004915


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