Job Opening — Category Manager, Chicago

This one came to me in a job postings roundup I receive from LinkedIn. The link is:

Support Divisional Sales Managers by monitoring, analyzing, and summarizing category and brand performance.

We currently have two openings for Category Managers and one position would ideally be functioning within the West Coast and the second position would ideally be functioning within the East Coast. Specific regions to be discussed upon interview.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Track and analyze category, brand, and item performance
Make recommendations for optimal customer product mix
Use syndicated and customer data to evaluate business trends
Analyze new item performance
Help develop fact-based sales presentations

PHYSICAL DEMANDS Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to move distances (within and between) office environment
Ability to speak clearly on the telephone
Ability to sit for periods of time in front of a computer
Ability to utilize hands during completion of job responsibilities
Ability to lift and carry up to 20lbs
Ability to travel in a vehicle (driving) or airplane for long periods of time ~ 6 hours minimum
WORK ENVIRONMENT Office environment

Planning Prioritizes and schedule tasks in order to provide key management information in an efficient manner.
Controlling Checks the quality and timeliness of own work.

Follow applicable procedures and work instructions.

This job directly impacts the company’s bottom line through sales and profits.
Desired Skills & Experience

Must have a Bachelors Degree in business, marketing, or related field required. MBA highly desirable
3-5 years in a category management or marketing function within the CPG industry
Advanced computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
Experienced with developing sales presentations
Excellent communication skills – oral and written.
Strong analytical skills to ensure integrity of data and be proficient with ACNielsen/IRI Scandata
Possess excellent analytical, quantitative, and communication (written and oral) skills
Experienced in all elements of the marketing mix and have a firm grasp of marketing principles
Food and/or beverage experience is desirable
Must know MS Office, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Up to 20% travel

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

LANGUAGE SKILLS Must have strong communication skills.
Company Description

The Jel Sert Company, “Makers of Fun Foods,” is a family-owned business providing our customers with high quality and high value food products. Jel Sert is located in West Chicago, was founded in 1926 and remains privately held to this day. For over eighty years, generations of families have enjoyed Jel Sert products.
Jel Sert will supply safe quality food products to consumers by consistently meeting the requirements of our Food Safety and Quality Systems. In addition, our company will continually review customer and regulatory requirements and establish objectives that seek to improve our products. Employees will prioritize food safety and quality in the production of our products and be encouraged to offer their ideas for improving our food safety and quality management systems.
The Jel Sert Company is an equal employment opportunity employer. M/F/V/D

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