Category Development Manager (Kroger)

Date: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Company: Chobani

Summary

Our Sales Force is the face of Chobani. We make sure every cup we sell meets a happy customer. We’re a dedicated team. And it’s easy to be dedicated when you’re a part of something much bigger than yourself. We’ve got an insatiable appetite for making a difference.

Chobani’s Category Development Managers work with category, consumer and shopper insights data to create a clear direction for the category that aligns customer and Chobani strategies. As a key member of the sales team, this role contributes to driving company sales and profits and to gaining advantage over competitors by driving strategic insights and valuable tools/programs to drive increased performance for designated brands at retail.

Responsibilities

  • Role will be part of the National Accounts team playing a key role in cultivating business relationships and providing analytical support for Kroger
  • Provide strategic and tactical recommendations that improve overall category performance
  • Use key tools to develop content for customer specific presentations that include relevant consumer insights, analysis of the competitive landscape, and new item/category selling resources
  • Employ critical thinking and problem-solving skills to recognize issues and opportunities, elevating analyses beyond reporting and translating insights into retail action
  • Leverage data from multiple sources to create impactful selling stories that identify risks, opportunities, and performance gaps (i.e. distribution, assortment mix, incrementality, size, shelving, placement)
  • Focus on continuing to improve tools, templates, and process to enable the team to enhance efficiency in performing their job requirements
  • Provide ongoing trend analysis (business performance and drivers) to seize value-creating opportunities that improve overall category performance or to correct category issues as needed
  • Provides input into customer planning cycle based on knowledge of category and shopper trends, competitive issues, etc.
  • Develops strong working relationships with retailer’s Category Management team
  • Actively contribute to the post promotion analysis process to review and improve the return on investment and effectiveness of trade promotions
  • Track category and brand performance and make recommendations on value-creating opportunities using insights gleamed from business reports
  • Provide necessary summaries and important trend updates to key internal collaborators
  • Perform other duties as necessary

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 3-5 years consumer packaged goods category management experience
  • High level of proficiency in working directly with headquarters level customers
  • Strong and validated leadership skills
  • Strong cross-functional exposure / experience
  • Highly customer focused with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Highly organized with the ability to lead multiple projects against deadlines
  • Proficient with reporting systems such as 84.51 Stratum, Market6, Circana IRI, and Nielsen; Blue Yonder/JDA strongly preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Knowledgeable of market and industry trends, competitors, and leading customer strategies
  • Willingness to travel

About Us

Chobani is a food maker with a mission of making high-quality and nutritious food accessible to more people, while elevating our communities and making the world a healthier place. In short: making good food for all. In support of this mission, Chobani is a purpose-driven, people-first, food-and-wellness-focused company, and has been since its founding in 2005 by Hamdi Ulukaya, an immigrant to the U.S. The Company manufactures yogurt, oat milk, and creamers – Chobani yogurt is America's No.1 yogurt brand, made with natural ingredients without artificial preservatives. Following the 2023 acquisition of La Colombe, a leading coffee roaster with a shared commitment to quality, craftmanship and impact, the Company began selling cold-pressed espresso and lattes on tap at 32 cafes, as well as Ready to Drink (RTD) coffee beverages at retail.
 
Chobani uses food as a force for good in the world – putting humanity first in everything it does. The company’s philanthropic efforts prioritize giving back to its communities and beyond: working to eradicate child hunger, supporting immigrants, refugees and underrepresented people, honoring veterans, and protecting the planet. Chobani manufactures its products in New York, Idaho, Michigan and Australia, and its products are available throughout North America and distributed in Australia and other select markets.


 

 

For more information, please visit www.chobani.com and www.lacolombe.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

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Compensation Range: $92,800.00 - $139,200.00, plus bonus.


Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati