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Senior Manager, Category Management

  • ... Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • ... Full time
  • ... Salary: 155000 per year
  • Posted on: Feb 01, 2024       Expires on:

Senior Manager, Category Management   

JOB TITLE:

Senior Manager, Category Management

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Chicago Illinois United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Simple Mills is a rapidly-growing company on the forefront of the clean food movement, transforming center store grocery aisles with products made from nutritious, purposeful ingredients.
Simple Mills is a female-founded business, started by Katlin Smith in 2012 out of her own Kitchen.
In the companys short history, Simple Mills has disrupted the market to become the #1 bestselling natural baking mix, the #1 bestselling natural cracker, and the #1 bestselling natural cookie.

The companys mission is to advance the holistic health of the planet and its people by positively impacting the way food is made.
Simple Mills is distributed in 25,000+ stores nationally including Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, Kroger, Costco and more, and available online at retailers like Amazon and Thrive Market.
The brands newest products include: Organic Seed Flour Crackers, Seed & Nut Flour Sweet Thins, and Soft-Baked Almond Flour Bars.
Simple Mills has earned broad recognition from top tier media and industry associations- including a segment on our Founder & CEO Katlin Smith on NPRs How I Built This .
Our products have been featured in a wide array of top publications including Vogue, Women's Health, Forbes, Business Insider, mindbodygreen, NOSH and many more.
Simple Mills was also a 2020 Health Magazine Snack Award Winner!

Role Description

We are looking for an experienced and results-driven Senior Manager, Category Management to lead and enhance our Category Management team.
This role will be responsible for developing critical insights across categories and customers to deliver continued business growth, partner closely with account managers to develop best in class retailer presentations and collaborate cross-functionally to support internal business decisions.

Reporting to the Sr Director of Sales Strategy, key responsibilities include:

  • Data Analysis and Insights:
    • Utilize market data, consumer insights, and sales analytics to identify trends and opportunities.
    • Ability to synthesize insights across multiple data platforms.
    • Own existing category data tools and strong understanding of industry tools and resources available for continued department development and growth.
  • Category/Customer Strategy Development:
    • Analyze market trends, consumer behavior, and competitive landscapes to identify growth opportunities.
    • Develop and present actionable insights to drive informed decision-making.
  • Presentations and Sales Enablement:
    • Develop compelling presentations and sales materials to effectively communicate category strategies and product assortments to key retailers.
    • Utilize data-driven insights and market research to tailor presentations for specific customer needs and preferences.
  • Customer Relationship Management:
    • Collaborate with customers & account managers to understand their needs and align category strategies with their business objectives.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration:
    • Work closely with Sales, Marketing, and Innovation teams to align category strategies with overall business objectives.
    • Collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure effective communication and alignment on key business objectives.
  • Team Leadership:
    • Lead and mentor a high-performing Category Management team
    • Foster a collaborative and innovative work environment to drive team success.

Requirements

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, or a related field.
    MBA is a plus
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in category management, sales, or related roles within the food manufacturing industry
  • Proven track record of successfully developing and implementing category strategies that drive business growth.
    In-depth understanding of the food industry, market trends, and consumer behavior
  • Strong experience building and evolving processes and best practices to optimize and deliver against company goals
  • Agile and resilient leader who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communicator who can tell a clear, succinct story using data
  • Ability to lead and inspire cross-functional teams
  • A passion for natural food and healthy eating as well as a desire to change the way we think about ingredient labels

Benefits

  • You will make a huge impact as a key member of an emerging brand thats changing the way we eat and facing explosive growth
  • Working with a vibrant community of passionate team members that are driven by healthy food that tastes good and fuels your body
  • We strive to foster and embed a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization.
    We know it is not only critical to the success of diversity initiatives - but instrumental in creating an equitable and inclusive workplace! It also creates a positive employee experience.
    DEI will remain at the center of our people strategy as grow and scale our organization.
  • Our culture is aligned with doing good in the world and we are committed to the environment, fairness to employees and to our customers
  • Integrating into a company that is passionate about its people and their development, with consistent training and multiple forums/platforms to participate in, contribute to and learn from
  • Employee benefits include robust Health Benefits packages, 401(k) plan, Unlimited PTO offering, one-time stipend for getting your home workspace setup, monthly cell phone/internet stipend, health & wellness stipends, product stipends and many other perks!

Compensation will be competitive for the ideal candidate.
Simple Mills operates with a hybrid-model: a balance of in-person and virtual work.
Hybrid employees will work from our Chicago, IL office at least once per week.
When working remotely, employees must work from a designated location in the United States (the new hires permanent residence, as documented in our HR System, Rippling) with sufficient internet access to support video conferencing.
Safety protocols in accordance with CDC recommendations are followed.

At Simple Mills, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and inclusion.
Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, past or present military service, physical or mental disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of business need, job requirements, and individual qualifications.
#LI-DNI

Simple Mills is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals.
As part of this commitment, Simple Mills will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.
If reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact careers@simplemills.
com.

Position Details

POSTED:

Feb 01, 2024

EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

155000 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1707125079-9643c4b5d12a5651b5f4760171e921b3

LOCATION:

Illinois United States

CITY:

Chicago

Job Origin:

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Simple Mills is a rapidly-growing company on the forefront of the clean food movement, transforming center store grocery aisles with products made from nutritious, purposeful ingredients. Simple Mills is a female-founded business, started by Katlin Smith in 2012 out of her own Kitchen. In the companys short history, Simple Mills has disrupted the market to become the #1 bestselling natural baking mix, the #1 bestselling natural cracker, and the #1 bestselling natural cookie.

The companys mission is to advance the holistic health of the planet and its people by positively impacting the way food is made. Simple Mills is distributed in 25,000+ stores nationally including Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, Kroger, Costco and more, and available online at retailers like Amazon and Thrive Market. The brands newest products include: Organic Seed Flour Crackers, Seed & Nut Flour Sweet Thins, and Soft-Baked Almond Flour Bars. Simple Mills has earned broad recognition from top tier media and industry associations- including a segment on our Founder & CEO Katlin Smith on NPRs How I Built This . Our products have been featured in a wide array of top publications including Vogue, Women's Health, Forbes, Business Insider, mindbodygreen, NOSH and many more. Simple Mills was also a 2020 Health Magazine Snack Award Winner!

Role Description

We are looking for an experienced and results-driven Senior Manager, Category Management to lead and enhance our Category Management team. This role will be responsible for developing critical insights across categories and customers to deliver continued business growth, partner closely with account managers to develop best in class retailer presentations and collaborate cross-functionally to support internal business decisions.

Reporting to the Sr Director of Sales Strategy, key responsibilities include:

  • Data Analysis and Insights:
    • Utilize market data, consumer insights, and sales analytics to identify trends and opportunities.
    • Ability to synthesize insights across multiple data platforms.
    • Own existing category data tools and strong understanding of industry tools and resources available for continued department development and growth.
  • Category/Customer Strategy Development:
    • Analyze market trends, consumer behavior, and competitive landscapes to identify growth opportunities.
    • Develop and present actionable insights to drive informed decision-making.
  • Presentations and Sales Enablement:
    • Develop compelling presentations and sales materials to effectively communicate category strategies and product assortments to key retailers.
    • Utilize data-driven insights and market research to tailor presentations for specific customer needs and preferences.
  • Customer Relationship Management:
    • Collaborate with customers & account managers to understand their needs and align category strategies with their business objectives.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration:
    • Work closely with Sales, Marketing, and Innovation teams to align category strategies with overall business objectives.
    • Collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure effective communication and alignment on key business objectives.
  • Team Leadership:
    • Lead and mentor a high-performing Category Management team
    • Foster a collaborative and innovative work environment to drive team success.

Requirements

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, or a related field. MBA is a plus
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in category management, sales, or related roles within the food manufacturing industry
  • Proven track record of successfully developing and implementing category strategies that drive business growth. In-depth understanding of the food industry, market trends, and consumer behavior
  • Strong experience building and evolving processes and best practices to optimize and deliver against company goals
  • Agile and resilient leader who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communicator who can tell a clear, succinct story using data
  • Ability to lead and inspire cross-functional teams
  • A passion for natural food and healthy eating as well as a desire to change the way we think about ingredient labels

Benefits

  • You will make a huge impact as a key member of an emerging brand thats changing the way we eat and facing explosive growth
  • Working with a vibrant community of passionate team members that are driven by healthy food that tastes good and fuels your body
  • We strive to foster and embed a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization. We know it is not only critical to the success of diversity initiatives - but instrumental in creating an equitable and inclusive workplace! It also creates a positive employee experience. DEI will remain at the center of our people strategy as grow and scale our organization.
  • Our culture is aligned with doing good in the world and we are committed to the environment, fairness to employees and to our customers
  • Integrating into a company that is passionate about its people and their development, with consistent training and multiple forums/platforms to participate in, contribute to and learn from
  • Employee benefits include robust Health Benefits packages, 401(k) plan, Unlimited PTO offering, one-time stipend for getting your home workspace setup, monthly cell phone/internet stipend, health & wellness stipends, product stipends and many other perks!

Compensation will be competitive for the ideal candidate. Simple Mills operates with a hybrid-model: a balance of in-person and virtual work. Hybrid employees will work from our Chicago, IL office at least once per week. When working remotely, employees must work from a designated location in the United States (the new hires permanent residence, as documented in our HR System, Rippling) with sufficient internet access to support video conferencing. Safety protocols in accordance with CDC recommendations are followed.

At Simple Mills, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and inclusion. Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, past or present military service, physical or mental disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of business need, job requirements, and individual qualifications. #LI-DNI

Simple Mills is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Simple Mills will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact careers@simplemills.com.

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