Mgr., Category Development in Chicago, IL at The Nature's Bounty Co.

Date Posted: 10/3/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Chicago, IL
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    10/3/2018

Job Description


Company Description  

For more than 70 years, The Nature’s Bounty Co. has enriched the lives of consumers around the world and stood as the leader in health and wellness by introducing innovative products and solutions to the marketplace. Putting science and the highest quality standards at the heart of our business, the brands of The Nature’s Bounty Co. are some of the most trusted in the world. Always motivated by nature’s bountiful effects on people’s health, our vision for health and wellness has inspired leading brands such as Nature’s Bounty®, Sundown Naturals®, Solgar®, Osteo Bi-Flex®, Ester-C®, MET-Rx®, Pure Protein®, Balance®, Body Fortress®, Puritan’s Pride® and Organic Dr.®, among others. As a leading global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of vitamins, nutritional supplements, sports & active nutrition and ethical beauty products, The Nature’s Bounty Co. is committed to supporting wellness in all its forms.


Job Description  

The Category Development Manager performs a valuable role in building a strong partnership with Nature's Bounty’s key retailers by developing and implementing specific programs to deliver against category and customer priorities.  This role will be supporting our Walgreens customer and responsible for leading the development and sharing of Category Management foundations and directives throughout the organization for the assigned category within Walgreens.

Establish clear Category Management directives for Nature's Bounty based on Industry Trends & Consumer Insights by collaborating with various third party data sources and constructing dynamic presentations around key consumer trends that are driving the category dynamics.

Responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • This individual will be our expert for accessing internal knowledge and translating it into action in order to identify opportunities in the assigned retailer and facilitating solution development with the account team.

  • Shelving guidelines/best practices – Establish and deliver best-in-class merchandising recommendations.
  • Influence the customer by identifying specific opportunities within the retailer

  • Assist with any research and lead projects to deliver category solutions benefitting both the customer and the category

  • Analytical foundations – develop standardized category review templates for Category Development team to populate and deliver to accounts.
  • Management of data tools – Optimization of category management tools – assortment and space management
  • SKU rationalization/projection methodology – develop and employ standardized processes for SKU rationalization and new item projections.
  • Peforming analysis of Advanced Consumer Data (Market Research, Consumer Decision Tree, Household Panel Data, Nielsen Data Retrieval/Analysis)

Qualifications  

Qualifications will include:

  • Minimum 5 Years of Category Management experience within the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, preferably FMCG. 
  • Prior experience working with IRI/Nielsen syndicated and panel data required
  • Experience working alongside national retailers while building successful partnerships.  Prior experience with Walgreens account teams is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working well in a team environment with an ability to operate at all levels within an organization
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, IRI, Customer and Syndicated Data and advanced experience with Excel and PowerPoint required.
  • Ability to build relationships with cross functional teams and senior level engagement
  • High level of organizational skills, good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to multi-task, have strong follow-up skills and hold themselves accountable
  • The ability to utilize creativity and push beyond the obvious, comfortable going into “unchartered” territory in setting out recommendations, goals
  • Problem solver with a solutions oriented mindset
  • Must be an articulate communicator who can quickly synthesize data
  • P&L management and strong financial acumen
  • Bachelor's degree is preferred
  • 25% or more overnight travel time required                           


Additional Information  

The Nature's Bounty Co. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

The Nature's Bounty Co. offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, which includes health and dental plans, voluntary short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, generous associate discounts and more! 

Please contact Human Resources at 631-244-2120 if you should need a reasonable accommodation to submit your information for our on-line job postings.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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