Our client, the world's largest tire and rubber company, is seeking a Associate Category Manager for its corporate office in Bloomingdale, IN. 
Qualifications Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related discipline • Minimum of 3 years prior relevant experience• MBA preferred• Category management experience in an automotive and/or retail environment preferred• Operations experience a plus• Proficient in Microsoft Office Tools• Proficiency in price modeling or marketing analytics software • Category Management Association Certification a plus
Responsibilities This position is currently located in Bloomingdale, IL however it will relocate to Nashville, TN in the fall of 2017.
• Executes tactics for assigned categories and related cross-functional communication and supports Category Leadership Planning process • Assists Category Manager in developing and executing tactics that support the initiatives developed within the Category Leadership Plans• Contributes to the execution of the strategies & initiative blueprints specific to the ongoing category needs in Service and Product Offering, Promotion Planning, Operational Training, and Customer Communication• Interacts with vendor Account Executive/Manager to manage tactical plans appropriately and ensure alignment of business goals and strategies• Partners with Retail Operations, Service Capabilities, Training, CRM, Digital, Promotions and Purchasing to ensure category needs are met• Maintains Category Scorecard and associated tracking methods with suppliers• Prepares line-of-sight analysis on Category performance (sales and gross profit)• Assists Category Manager in attaining the financial targets for assigned category • Collects, verifies, and analyzes data on industry market trends, supplier and consumer behavior, and competitor activity to identify market opportunities for the product/service• Maintains and analyzes records of sales volume, revenues, and advertising costs• Forecasts areas where the sales performance of the product/service needs to be improved
Job Dimensions:
• Works to achieve day-to-day objectives with moderate impact on the area • Provides measurable input to new products/services, equipment, processes or standards in operational plans in order to implement business and category strategies • Works independently under limited supervision • Responsible for making minor changes or enhancements in processes and systems to solve problems or improve effectiveness of work area • May work to influence parties within own job function at an operational level • Communicates with parties within and outside of own job function to explain facts, policies and practices related to work area policies and procedures • Maintains strong working relationship with field management and stores
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