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Category Manager Albertsons Seasonal, Boise, Idaho


Boise, ID, US


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About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Category Mgr Albertson's Boise Seasonal

Boise, Idaho (Remote - Customer Facing)


As a strategic partner to Albertsons, the Seasonal Category Manager is responsible for providing fact-based, insight-led and actionable total category-focused solutions resulting in category growth for Albertsons Seasonal business.  Focus areas for this role will span providing best in class recommendations regarding category assortment, merchandising, shelving, pricing and promotion for Albertsons. Close collaboration and leadership with the broader Albertsons Sales, Category and Internal MW Seasonal teams will be critical to the success of this role.


What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor Degree Preferred 
  • 3+ years Category Management experience, preferably on an Albertsons Category Team
  • Analytical experience from situation assessment through solutions with tangible results leveraging syndicated data resources (EYC Shopper 360; IRI or AC Nielsen; Scan, Panel, Spectra, etc.)
  • Highly proficient in MS Office and other technical applications (JDA, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strategic focus and ability to creatively solve problems
  • Advanced interpersonal skills as this is a customer facing role
  • Willingness to travel (up to 20% of the time)


What would be your key responsibilities?
As the Lead Mars Wrigley Seasonal contact for Albertsons, this associate will provide superior customer support in the following areas:

  • Primary point of contact for retailer's Seasonal Candy buying team regarding assortment, merchandising, pricing, and shelving. 
  • Maintain and increase influence through robust insights and actionable recommendations that drive Seasonal Candy growth.
  • Assist sales team in developing fact and consumer based selling stories on new items, promotions, assortment, shelving optimization, and pricing initiatives. 
  • Network and drive penetration across various functions at the retailer (i.e. insight and testing team, merchandising, store operations).
  • Work with the Category Team Lead, Category Director, Sales Team Lead, and Sales Director, and retailer to create strategic business plans that impact sales and profit.  
  • Think enterprise wide; work with the Mars Wrigley Confectionery Category Leadership Center of Excellence and Shopper Insights teams to leverage the latest insights and drive expansion of best practices across the enterprise. 
  • Partner with Shopper Marketing & other internal teams to maximize promotional efficiencies for Mars Wrigley Confectionery and the retailer.
  •  Advanced analytical, project management, and written/oral communication skills required; ability to think strategically.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills to manipulate data and present findings in a quick and easy to read format.


What can you expect from Mars?

  • The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career. 
  • An industry competitive compensation package including generous benefits (i.e. 401k, pension, health, etc.)    
  • Commitment to our Purpose and our Five Principles. 
  • An environment where all Associates feel valued, supported and comfortable being themselves at work. 
  • Commitment to our consumers and focus on positively impacting the planet and the population.  


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


Nearest Major Market: Boise
Nearest Secondary Market: Meridian

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