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Position Title: Category Management Analyst
Reports To: Team Lead Category and Shopper Insights
Family: Sales Development & Support (Sales)
Location: Nashville – BRN
Level of Role
Purpose of Role
The Category Management Business Analyst is an integral member of the category management team and is responsible for: the delivery of advanced data analytics and visualization, the creation/maintenance of team reporting capability and production, and superior shelf design utilizing JDA Space Planning. This is a developmental position that could lead to a broader category manager role within the team.
Advanced Analysis and reporting- customer POS data, syndicated market data and household panel (Nielsen/84.51). Review syndicated and panel data to derive insights and conclusions to make recommendations on indicated actions.
Tool/Visualization creation - leverage data and computer programming such as, Excel and PowerPoint knowledge to help visualize trends within complex data sets.
Interface with key customer partners within the Sales organization.
Become an expert in all software and data sources (including Customer Specific) used in Category Management.
Assist with planogram development, reporting, and proofing utilizing JDA software.
Critical Mars Leadership Capabilities
Goal driven and proven track record of problem-solving skills and demonstrated success in past assignments.
Proven ability to think and respond independently in an ambiguous situation.
Desire to work within a collaborative team across multiple functions and levels internally and externally.
Key Supporting Competencies
Demonstrated organization, attention to detail and priority goal setting.
Proven ability to communicate effectively and responsively both inside and outside of the organization.
Critical Functional Competencies
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office with advanced proficiencies in Excel, PowerPoint and JDA space planning.
Working knowledge of Nielsen Answers, IRI, 84.51, and Market 6.
Understanding of the key retail fundamentals (Distribution, Pricing, Shelving, and Merchandising).
Knowledge of core customer work streams and systems (KOMPASS, PLM, KMC).
Ability to collaborate effectively across multiple levels within the organization.
Be available to travel on a flexible schedule (less than 20% of the time).
Be available and work in customer’s layout center or Mars layout center to build POGs for customer reviews including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
2 years’ experience in an analytical position that required gathering information and data from multiple sources to support the data-based decision-making process.
Working knowledge of the Category Management Process
Pervious CPG experience