Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC dba Advantage Solutions

Category Analyst

US-TX-Austin
Position Type
Full Time
Requisition ID
2017-139709
Category
Category Management, Insights and Planning

Summary

Category Analyst

 

The Category Analyst position supports the development of customer and client sales growth strategies by providing insightful analytics and shopper insights that support a mutually beneficial growth plan. This position interfaces with customers, various members of the category management and customer development teams. 

Responsibilities

  • Interface with our client and customer teams to integrate syndicated information into presentations
  • Develop category reviews, prepare new item presentations, provide assortment and promotion analysis and handle ad hoc requests

Qualifications

  • Ability to source data from syndicated and/or market resources
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and organize data into a presentation format, adhering to category management fundamentals
  • Possess excellent Excel and Power Point skills
  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills across an organization

Advantage Solutions is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. Advantage Solutions services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

 

Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC dba Advantage Solutions is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Responsibilities

Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC dba Advantage Solutions is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. Advantage Solutions services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

 

Position Summary

 

The Category Analyst supports the development of customer and client sales growth strategies by providing insightful analytics and shopper insights that support a mutually beneficial growth plan. The Category Analyst interfaces with customers, various members of the category management and customer development teams. The Category Analyst works to develop category review, prepare new item presentations, provides assortment and promotion analysis, and handle ad hoc requests.

 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

 

Data Collection

  • Source data from syndicated, customer-specific and/or market resources
  • Meet specific needs of requesting party by determining appropriate data selection and custom assortment as directed by supervisor

Data Analysis/Interpretation/Application

  • Quantify, analyze, and interpret data
  • Evaluate the reliability of source information by weighting raw data and organizing results for analysis
  • Create excel templates utilizing raw data

Project Management

  • Maintain project schedule by monitoring project progress, coordinating activities, resolving problems and make adjustments as needed to meet deadlines

Presentation Development

  • Organize information into presentation format by studying, analyzing, interpreting and classifying data

Presentation Delivery

  • Assist the management team as needed by participating in presentations to answer any questions regarding the data and data analysis information

Supervisory Responsibilities

 

Direct Reports

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports

 

Indirect Reports

This position does not have guidance or mentoring responsibilities for indirect reports

 

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

Travel is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job. 

 

Minimum QualificationsThe following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

 

Education Level: (Required) Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree or equivalent job-related experience

                                                          

Field of Study/Area of Experience: 

1-3 years of experience in applicable field (i.e. sales and marketing agency, Customer, and/or Client)

 

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of syndicated data and applications
  • Analytical and research Skills
  • Basic understanding of category management
  • Understand legal regulations within category management and work within compliance guidelines
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent customer service orientation
  • Ability to ensure a high level of service and quality is maintained
  • Team building Skills
  • Ability to work effectively with management
  • Ability to pull Nielsen data and develop value added analysis.
  • Ability to develop and present category strategy growth opportunities and      recommendations to key accounts.
  • Excellent Excel and Power Point skills.
  • Strong communication skills and time management skills.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Ability to work across multiple categories and support multiple Regional Sales      Managers.
  • The Category Analyst has the ability to work independently and in teams.
 

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.  

 

Additional Information Regarding Advantage Solutions Job Duties and Job Descriptions

 

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Advantage Solutions reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law.  Advantage Solutions shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

 

Important Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

                                    

Are you passionate about Service Excellence, Results, Integrity, Entrepreneurial Focus and Leadership: These are our values at Advantage Solutions. Come learn why “Winning Together” is more than just words on a piece of paper. It is the vision by which we live our mission as an organization: "To create outstanding value for clients and customers through superior sales execution, operational excellence and innovative marketing services."

 

Advantage Solutions is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, Advantage Solutions shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

 

Advantage Solutions will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance.  All of our positions require the satisfactory completion of a background check. Please be aware that acknowledging or having criminal convictions does not constitute an automatic bar to employment.  Factors including, but not limited to age and time of the offense, seriousness and nature of the violation, and rehabilitation will be taken into account.

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