Company: Acosta Group

Job Title: Category Manager

Location: Eden Prairie, MN

This position is to be filled in Minneapolis, MN –  On-site 3 days a week in Eden Prairie.

As the Category Manager in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry (CPG) you will perform a high level of support for the implementation of Category Management, Analytics, Insights and other related business insights initiatives supporting Target.

You will demonstrate a high-level understanding of the sales drivers that affect Acosta’s clients & customers and work with cross-functional teams to deliver advanced, value-add, and insight-driven analytics and recommendations.

What’s in it for You?

  • Competive Salary
  • Full benefits package– Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Company-paid Life Insurance, Short-term and Long-term Disability
  • 401(k) program, with company match
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) program
  • Exciting, fast-paced work environment
  • Career growth and advancement opportunities
Responsibilities for External Candidates
  • Leverage Target POS/Vendor IQ, IRI, Nielsen, CKS, etc. to analyze data to develop insights-based analysis/projects with recommendations focused on strategies and objectives
  • Participate in the category reviewor line review processes working with other cross-functional teams to provide complete category management solutions.
  • Independently develop and maintain client-specific reporting that measures performance against strategiesand objectives.
  • Build solid presentations using multiple data sources like syndicated, panel, basket, shopper,and other sources of data that provide solutions and recommendations to address business issues.
  • Maintain connectivity with clients, attend all required meetings/calls to ensure
  • understanding of KPI’s, innovation, and other important information.
  • Work closely and often with assigned clients and business managers by setting up regularmeetings to become a trusted advisor
  • Provide follow-upand summarize results
  • Submit successstoriesConsumer Packaged Goods
Qualifications for External Candidates

Education Requirements:  

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Bachelor’s Degree(preferred)
  • Category Management Certification (preferred)
  • Related work experience can be substituted for educational requirements

Work Experience Requirements:

  • 3 – 5 years related work experience Consumer Packaged Goods

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements:  

  • Demonstrate an advanced degree of proficiency in Windows and related software applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, VB, advanced macros. Knowledge of Power BI would be a strong asset.
  • Experience with syndicated data and/or space management tools.
  • Identifies and leverages relevant data to diagnose situations and identify potential solutions
  • Effectively and independently conduct data mining utilizing CPG math concepts and tools.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively while understanding and adapting to audience.
  • Independently manages project plans and assumes responsibility for tracking, communication and timing.
  • Recognize problems and issues and identify info needed to diagnose.
  • Demonstrate a drive to meet the expectations and requirements of internal and external stakeholders
  • Execute strategic objectives and provide input as needed to keep priorities on track.

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