Associate Category Manager Job Description

Associate Category Manager Job Description

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Associate category manager provides a high level of expertise in the category, understand best practices and market conditions and provide extraordinary customer service.

Associate Category Manager Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Responsible for coordinating space planning/planograms, proofing Retail ad copy and signage, and working with visual merchandising on the Retail presentation
Supports the development of the product assortment for Retail merchandise to support strategy goals
Supports the execution of the private label and branded merchandise product development to support Retail channel financial goals
Manages the Retail product life cycle (unplanned inventory, seasonal rolls, pre/post ad, execution of exit strategy)
Performs the category level analysis of product performance in the Retail channel for use in the weekly and monthly performance reviews (OTB), using reports provided by Planning and Inventory
Conducts competitive analysis on ads, pricing strategy, product offering, Coordinates with field RMM’s to complete competition shops
Responsible for preparing and conducting category line reviews for the Retail channel assortment
Analyzes key issues relating to products (including cost, pricing, quality and distribution)
Performs financial and marketing analysis
Support insight development projects as needed

Associate Category Manager Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Associate Category Manager

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPSM, MCIPS, CPM, PMP

Education for Associate Category Manager

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the associate category manager job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Business, Marketing, Finance, Merchandising, MBA, Education, Management, Pharmacy, Business/Administration, Sound

Skills for Associate Category Manager

Desired skills for associate category manager include:

Customer centric retailing principles and the analytics of customer purchase behavior
Best practices and new products in the respective market
MS PowerPoint
Procurement lifecycle and procurement best practices
Excel
Company's products and services
Excel and Word for Windows
Products within assigned category and division sales requirements
Vlookups and Pivot Tables
Ability to use data to understand root causes of performance and make decisions

Desired experience for associate category manager includes:

Ability to balance attention to detail with broader, strategic perspective
Ability to utilize data to create compelling selling stories and solutions that support strategic growth
Developing Category Management capabilities and talent for our overall Category Management organization
Full use and application of data and panel from ACNielsen or IRI or 8451
Space planning and/or shelf merchandising knowledge
Support Category Manager in area to achieve the sales and margin plans of the product category

Associate Category Manager Examples

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Associate Category Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an associate category manager. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for associate category manager
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT - Supports project plan development for the implementation of Supply Chain strategy
  • Develop sell stories that meet PAB and bottler objectives
  • Leverage a mix of research/insights, emerging trends and client intelligence to clearly articulate complex ideas into effective presentations through strong storytelling, creativity and effective communication
  • Collaborate across departments, brands and constituencies inside and outside the company to coordinate and craft the best possible concept
  • Create necessary sales and promotional materials needed to support the sales process including proactive pitches, new programs and RFP responses from ideation through final sale
  • Identify and understand category and client priorities, concerns, challenges and goals
  • Actively research and understand emerging trends and opportunities in the Financial Services industry, tracking these trends in pursuit of new ideas
  • Ability to train and develop category management personnel on the utilization and application of business analytic tools (Nielsen Analytic Suite, SpacePlanning, Retail Link, Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Measure and manage “suppliers’” (aka providers, agencies, ) performance relative to contracted service levels
  • Ensure that services are provided within assigned budgets and timelines
Qualifications for associate category manager
  • Manage packaging changes (including on-pack promotions) NPD' launches
  • 3 to 5+ years of Category Management / Insights / Sales experience within the consumer packaged goods industry
  • Teamwork is essential in this role as this person will work very closely with account sales leads, cross-functional teams the retailer directly
  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Project Management, Business, Finance or related field or equivalent experience required
  • Requires 3 plus years of supply chain experience or 5 plus years experience in company operations with significant exposure to supply chain processes
  • The Associate Category Manager is an entry level role that incorporates a two year individualized developmental plan that, upon completion, will allow for promotional consideration to Category Manager
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Associate Category Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of associate category manager. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for associate category manager
  • Creates and delivers actionable sales stories and strategies with solutions for internal and external customers
  • Consults closely with brand development to secure alignment around retail environment realities prior to innovation launches
  • Provide guidance, leadership and category/brand expertise to field category management managers
  • Works with Shopper Insights and CMI Managers to integrate shopper understandings into category management initiatives/strategies
  • Assists in training, distribution and execution of category management tools with field
  • Leads and/or participates in Corporate priority projects
  • Use syndicated and/or retailer specific data to develop, prepare and present information and recommendations in support of category management and key retail sales initiatives (such as retailer performance, trends & opportunities, pricing effectiveness, promotion effectiveness, market share gap analysis)
  • Use syndicated and/or retailer specific data to develop, prepare and present with information and recommendations in support of category management and key retail sales initiatives (such as retailer performance, trends & opportunities, pricing effectiveness, promotion effectiveness, category space expansion opportunities, competitive landscape )
  • Diagnose category challenges and translate them into specific business questions that can be answered through primary research and analytics
  • Utilize Walmart Retail Link data to glean category and consumer insights
Qualifications for associate category manager
  • Must pursue and maintain Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification or equivalent
  • Frequently required to attend meetings in several different locations, and up to 20% domestic travel is required
  • Knowledge and experience in Syndicate POS, Household Panel, (IRI Nielsen), retailer Shopper Card data
  • 3+ years CPG Category Management experience
  • Working knowledge of syndicated data via IRI and/or Nielsen
  • Understanding of shopper insights and panel data
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Associate Category Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for an associate category manager. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for associate category manager
  • Conduct store audits periodically in Walmart and other customers to find growth opportunities for our brands
  • Support the Category Manager or Sales Managers in managing forecasts as necessary utilizing customers POS and inventory tools as a guide
  • Lead the development of selling presentations as necessary to support the ongoing development of the business
  • Responsible for building catalog presentations (layouts), coordinating space planning/planograms, proofing retail ad copy signage and Internet presentation, providing item spec and copy information, and working with visual merchandising on the Retail presentation
  • Supports the development of the product assortment to support the assortment strategy goals
  • Conducts competitive analysis on catalogs, mailers, email campaigns, websites, ads, pricing strategy, product offering, Coordinates with field teams to complete competition shops
  • Develop and maintain expertise in the assigned spend categories through relationships with Division Leads, Suppliers and Market Experts
  • Implement processes to monitor division satisfaction with key suppliers and with the central sourcing department
  • Support the Supplier Performance Manager in the collection, synthesis and communication and feedback of performance metrics against pre-determined performance standards within each spend category
  • Finance, comprised of regionally based teams and a central hub in Bangalore, India, provides financial analysis, decision support, procurement, contract administration and reporting for all initiatives within the Services Division and for business partners across the firm Administration and Communications oversee organizational development and internal and client communications
Qualifications for associate category manager
  • Minimum of BA/BS degree, MBA a plus
  • 3-5 years relevant consumer product goods industry experience with background in Category Management
  • Providing category insights and recommendations to internal and external customers by leveraging analytics from a number of data sources
  • Leading and presenting projects to both internal and external customers around product placement, promotion, and pricing
  • Ability to interpret data from multiple sources into concise action-oriented recommendations
  • Use retailer specific, loyalty, and syndicated data to develop, prepare and present information and recommendations in support of category management and key retail sales initiatives (such as retailer performance, trends & opportunities, pricing effectiveness, promotion effectiveness, market share gap analysis)
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Associate Category Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of associate category manager. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for associate category manager
  • Reporting to a Global Category Lead, the procurement management professional based in London, will have a lead role in terms of driving procurement and commercial activity for expenditure with vendors primarily in the Travel (including Ground Transportation) category
  • Role based in London, with potential for regional and international travels as required
  • Own and manage the creation, flow and accuracy of product/material information starting from licensee line plans into MDM and syndication to downstream systems
  • Own the relationship between Timberland and one licensee partner under the supervision and coaching of the category manager
  • Create necessary materials needed to support the sales process including proactive pitches, innovative programs and RFPs from ideation through execution
  • Attend client and agency meetings, including media days, briefs and pitches as needed
  • Tags and manages all merchandising samples for product expansion
  • Updating all PRDs and data docs as it relates to category expansion
  • Facilitates communication between Merchandising Team, Sourcing and Development and General Manager and tracks all changes as it relates to product changes
  • Works closely with the internal design team and helps creates merchandising briefs/design direction
Qualifications for associate category manager
  • Experience working closely with IRI or Nielsen data on the vendor or manufacturer side
  • Solid understanding of Category Management principles, KPIs and strategies and how do adapt them across Channels and Customers
  • Working knowledge of various sales analytic softwares/tools
  • Acts as the category expert by delivering category best practice presentations that identify category opportunities for our customers
  • Complete customer category review process utilizing category analysis, shopper insights and available
  • 5-8 years of consumer product sales or category management experience, or other relevant sales/marketing experience is required
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Associate Category Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of associate category manager. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for associate category manager
  • Support building the production calendar by help dump reporting information and set up
  • Support building of trackers for content hand off
  • Retirement lists
  • Place appropriate orders (POs) to ensure product availability that meets consumer demands
  • Conducts research to determine the requirements of the respective offering, including preliminary specification, available suppliers, and desired sales margins
  • Manage marketing campaign execution
  • Proactively identify strategic issues and knowledge gaps within the category pan region and generate hypotheses for validation
  • Ensure that optimal and creative research solutions (including qualitative, quantitative, syndicated and advanced analytics tool), are developed and utilised and that Best Practices methodologies are applied
  • Supports the Category Manager - Spare Parts to drive Spare Part readiness across all product lines before new appliance production starts to ensure parts are available at launch
  • Implementation, continuous improvement, and execution of Barrick’s purchasing strategy, policies and guidelines to drive shared goals and objectives across the entire Supply Chain for all service oriented categories and contracts drilling services
Qualifications for associate category manager
  • 4+ years of experience in Category Management and/or Analytics (CPG industry preferred)
  • At least 2 years of syndicated data analysis experience in consumer package goods industry is required
  • Advanced proficiency in syndicated data analysis is required
  • Experience with 84.51 (former Dunnhumby) is required
  • Consumer insight experience is preferred
  • Mobility throughout the United States may be required for future opportunities

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