Category Manager, Kroger – Mars Food


Cincinnati, OH

Job Description:

Category Manager, Kroger – Mars Food

Cincinnati, OH

The Category Manager is accountable for developing robust category strategies based on an unbiased category responsible lens rooted in Consumer/Shopper Insights. Leverage category knowledge and analysis with team to drive category growth for national grocers. Collaborate and lead the planogram process with customers to grow the category. Proactively identify strategic category opportunities for our customers at both business planning timing and on an on-going basis. Develop and disseminate category management best practices to be utilized with other customers working with the Category Manager.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 3+ years of Category Management

  • Syndicated scan and panel data experience (Nielsen / IRI)

  • Strong working knowledge of 84.51 and Market 6

  • Strong working knowledge of JDA (Prospace, Space Planning)

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Word)

  • Strong planning, project and time management skills to ensure adherence to aggressive timelines

  • Ability to convey information using written and oral communication tools that compel merchant decision making and action

What would be your key responsibilities?

  • Develop and Implement Category Principles with retailers that will lead to category growth.

  • Develop Strategic alliances with key decision makers at specific retailers.

  • Responsible for the management of and developing expertise in external market and consumer data sources (84.51 and Market 6 Shopper Insights, Nielsen Scan and Panel Data) understanding the needs of the customer and what their drivers are for success.

  • Responsible for the management and developing expertise in customer specific POS data (developing reports collaborating with the customer); leverage data to create and deploy actionable customer specific insights

  • Provides Customer specific selling-stories in support of new product launches across all manufacturers (unbiased category facts) and act as advisor on customer’s promotional calendar.

  • Champion strategic and ad-hoc shelf management for the category to maximize category and customer’s sales and profits.

  • Responsible for the successful execution of all formal planogram review processes with the specific customer

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by The Five Principles.

  • Join a purpose driven company, where we are striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.

  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.

  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

  • This role includes a company vehicle.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.