Category Manager/Analyst

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Job ID#: 10028

Contract Category Manager Needed ASAP!

To 45$ Hr

SouthLake Area (DFW)

This role will provide key support to the assigned Product Categories and any other categories client may sell in the future. You will support the execution of financial deliverables, designed to grow the business, provide customer specific programs, category management and add value to the company.


Job Functions:

  • Develop and maintain finished goods supply plans for manufacturing operations both internal and external to meet customer demand (orders and forecast) within operational resources while achieving inventory and cost objectives for assigned families.
  • Assist in managing a focused set of Product Categories sold to Commercial, Industrial segments, and all other channels targeted by client.
  • Assist in the development of Category Objectives and Strategies (4Ps) and tactics to include the assigned categories (or Liguria brand), including Guidelines/Guardrails around Pricing, Formulation and Innovation, Sku Development/Rationalization, Packaging and Branding) in the assigned categories, using competitive intelligence, customer insights, consumer trends and knowledge of internal capabilities.
  • Work to become the Product Expert for all products in the Category including competitive points of difference and operations/supply chain realities to include maintaining competitive database.
  • Work with the R&D Project Manager to manage Innovation projects from Concept Identification through Post-Launch Evaluation, NPD& Cost Reformulation, and prioritization
  • Serve as the Category Ambassador and collaborative business partner with corporate functional teams(Insights, Plant Operations, Quality, Supply Chain, FP&A), to leverage the collective IQ and resources
  • Lead cross-functional teams to achieve Category growth objectives
  • Monitor industry trends, market share, competitive activity, and competitive product cuttings.
  • Evaluate and understand any inventory, capacity, and/or quality issues at the plant and product level.
  • Provide inventory analyses and outlooks for cost, warehouse utilization, and co-manufacturing coordination.
  • Provide strategic what if analysis for short- and long-term planning horizon.
  • Maintain planning data within ERP system: Safety Stock, Lead Times, Lot Sizes, Sourcing Rules, etc.
  • Help with forecast maintenance process.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to help gathering Master Data to set up new items.
  • Responsible for managing cross functional/multi-site projects, work stream team activities, including content, timeliness, quality of deliverables, cross work stream integration, user acceptance testing, cutover implementation planning, and leadership status reporting.
  • Support creation and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Skills Needed:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in a business, marketing foodservice or related discipline, MBA, or advanced degree a plus
  • 3 plus years of Category Management and/or S&OP, Product Management experience required
  • Food Service or CPG experience required
  • Expert analytical skill level with the ability to translate data to relevant actionable insights
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Solid knowledge of strategic sourcing, marketing, insights, pricing, and sales principles
  • Minimum 2 years related experience in a planning framework
  • Ability to remain flexible and adjust promptly and effectively during times of change.
  • Ability to leverage the capabilities and insights of individuals with diverse styles, abilities, and motivations to achieve strong results.
  • Ability to quickly acquire and master new and complex technical skills. Strong leadership skills including vision and strategy, building consensus, communications, total quality commitment, ownership and accountability and results orientation.
  • Ability to develop strategic plans and annual business plans that align resources to achieve the marketing and financial goals.
  • Strong financial acumen.
  • Strong category marketing and general business management skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, stressful work environment with extended working hours and rapidly changing priorities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication including presentation skills.



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