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Category Manager - Foodservice

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Position Summary:
The Category Manager is a product management position focused on growth and profitability of the Link & Patty product categories in foodservice.  The primary responsibility is to execute the Link & Patty product strategy to achieve annual operating plan objectives.  This role has day-to-day responsibility for all Link & Patty category related activities including product forecasting, pricing approval, P&L management, development of marketing initiatives and management of cross functional project teams.  Candidates should be comfortable leading teams that include R&D, Sales, Finance, Supply Chain and Marketing functional support.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist in development of long and short-term category strategies and tactics
Responsible to execute tactics in support of short and long term strategies that drive category profit growth
Support delivery of category financial commitments via P&L with an understanding of commodity markets
Responsible for sales and operations volume forecasts on a monthly cycle
Monitor capacity, inventory, service levels and product quality
Supports product change including value/quality improvement initiatives and line extension product launches
Provides direction to the Sales organization on category strategy/selling propositions and works closely with Sales and Customer Marketing on category opportunities
Work closely with Customer Marketing and Marketing Agencies on category selling tools, development and execution of promotional initiatives and sales communications
Monitor industry trends, market share, competitive activity and competitive product cuttings
Includes some degree of travel: customer visits, plant visits, sales meetings, conferences and trade events
Bachelor degree in a business or marketing related discipline required; MBA preferred
3-5 years of experience in brand marketing and/or related field
Knowledge of foodservice and/or CPG industry
Strong financial acumen
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to work and excel as a project leader in a fast paced, changing environment
Strong written and verbal communication including presentation skills
Proficient in Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Hillshire Brands focuses on providing meat-centric food products that satisfy consumer appetites and offer exceptional quality and value. The flagship brands of our reinvigorated company include Ball Park, Gallo Salame, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and State Fair. In addition, the company produces the well-loved Sara Lee frozen desserts. The Hillshire Brands foodservice division serves our portfolio of products to restaurants, schools, convenience stores, healthcare facilities, hospitality venues and other food service operations. Collectively, these brands generate approximately $4 billion in revenue as they touch millions of consumers in North America.
At Hillshire Brands, we believe that careers are as unique as individuals. That's why we offer employment opportunities that give you ownership of your career. All employees have a voice, and your ideas are valued. As an employee of the company, your individual contributions will make a significant impact on our overall success. Our organization benefits from the passion of individuals working together, so as an employee of Hillshire Brands you will have an opportunity to further develop your skills, gain new experiences and build new capabilities.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer
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