Manager Category Marketing
Job SUMMARY: The Category Marketing Manager role is a product management position focused on the growth and profitability of product categories in foodservice. Primary responsibility is to execute the product category strategies to achievethe objectives of the company's annual operating plan (AOP). This role has day-to-day responsibility for all category-related activities including forecasting, pricing, P&L management, product assortment management, correspondence with Sales, development of marketing initiatives, and management of cross-functional project teams. Candidates should be comfortable leading project teams that include Sales, Finance, R&D, Packaging, QA, Graphics, and Supply Chain. General Management/P&L Assist in development of long and short-term category strategies and tactics Responsible for executing tactics in support of the short and long term strategies that drive category volume and profit growth Support delivery of categoryfinancial commitments via P&L management with an understanding of the input raw material markets and category pricing decisions Responsible for sales and operations volume forecasts on a monthly cycle (Consensus) Category Strategy/Marketing Leads product change projects including value/quality improvement initiatives and line extension product launches Provides direction to the Sales organization on category strategy/selling propositions and works closely with Sales and Customer Marketing to evaluate potential sales opportunities (including RFP's and product matches) Work closely with Customer Marketing and Marketing Agencies on category selling tools, development and execution of promotional initiatives, andsales communications Monitor industry trends, market share, competitive activity, and competitive product cuttings Operations/Product Management Closely monitor product availability and service levels and pro-actively communicate relevant issues with Sales Engage with IPL team to evaluate and understand any inventory, capacity, and/or quality issues at the plant and product level Responsible for optimizing product assortments and discontinuing inefficient items Includes somedegree of Travel: plant visits, customer visits, sales meetings, conferences, and trade eventsQUALIFICATIONS: Education: Bachelor degree in a business or marketing related discipline required;Experience: 6+ years of experience in marketing and/or related field. Knowledge of foodservice and/or CPG industry.Communication Skills: Strong written and verbal communication including presentation skillsComputer Skills: Proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPointSpecial Skills: Strong financial acumen. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to work and excel as a project leader in a fast paced, changing environment. Ability to execute strategic plans and annual business plans that align resources to achieve the marketing and financial goals. Ratio of marketing versus operations/product management skill and experience varies by category.Travel: 20%To view a full job description and submit your resume for consideration, click APPLY TO THIS POSITION below and follow the prompts.Apply for this job.