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Category Analyst - Retail / Healthy Foods

Location:
Woonsocket, RI
Job Terms:
Temporary
Start date:
08/12//2019
Date:
06/25/2019

Job Description:

AQUENT is supporting a national retail brand in their search for a Category Analyst! This is a long-term FT Freelance position based in Woonsocket, RI with subsidized health benefits!

If you are passionate about innovation and retail then bring your talents and innovative ideas to a top Fortune 10 company with over 7,800 retail stores! Our merchandising team is currently seeking best-in-class talent with fresh ideas, new perspectives and a desire to make a real difference in one's career. The brand excels in delivering an unmatched breadth of healthcare capabilities across all of our businesses. 
The Merchandising Strategy Analyst will play an important role on the Category Management team managing many of the day-to-day operational activities as well as supporting longer term strategic initiatives. The ultimate goal of this role is to support category level decision making to drive sales and profitability and establish clear market superiority. The ideal candidate will possess at least a bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field and have a minimum of three to five years analytical experience in consumer goods or retail. 

This position is responsible for providing detailed business analysis to the Category Management Team and will support a subset of categories within the Edibles Team. The categories could include Grocery, Snacks, Candy, Beverages, Dairy, and/or Healthy Food. Analysis will include sales, margin, retail pricing, promotional markdowns and trending of both internal and market level data. This position is also responsible for performing root cause analysis, problem resolution, category research and identifying potential strategic opportunities. The position will coordinate work streams related to item selection and set up; promotional, seasonal and off-shelf activities; vendor communication; strategic insight development; and reporting. 

Primary Roles and Responsibilities Include: 
1. Quantitative Analysis: Collaborate with the Category Management Team(s) to scope and plan any and all financial and quantitative analyses that will aid in day-to-day management of the business and yield critical answers to longer-term strategic questions. Understand the required data sets to complete the analyses and procure them accordingly. Manage the delivery of timely, zero-defect analyses to support insight development. Run ad hoc analysis upon request and provide actionable insights with recommendations for next steps 
2. Product Management: Run Daily sales, seasonal reporting, weekly vendor reporting and analyze market data to assist in decision making. In addition, 
• Partner with Category Management teams to build promotional plans and activities related to everyday and seasonal businesses. Attend proofing meetings and partner with Merchandising Analytics to manage funding. 
• Attend seasonal meetings and work with Category Management teams to assist with ite• New Item set up and maintenance for planogram and mid-year items. 
• Off-Shelf coordination of off-shelf programs with key suppliers, setting up programs and running off-shelf reporting. 
• Oversee price change activities. 
3. Communication Development & Business Reporting: Communicate effectively, both verbally and on paper, to Merchandising and Cross-Functional teams throughout the organization. Partner with outside partners. Assist with communication and reporting on sales performance, seasonal sales and sell thru and ad planning. Distill findings and craft a succinct and powerful business case that effectively communicates actionable recommendations. Support the development of presentations for mid-level and senior executives. 
In addition to the above, this role will also support the development and execution of Healthy Food strategy. 
m selection and coordinate all billing and end of cycle disposition 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 
1. Business Analytical Experience: A minimum of three to five years analytical experience in a business environment. Ability to multi-task several concurrent requests and quickly pull together data. 
2. Structured and Logical Thinking: The ability to dissect a problem into an organized approach, structure analysis, and develop recommended solutions providing actionable insights. Strong problem solver. 
3. Analytical Rigor: The ability to run and manage quantitative analysis in a defect-free manner. Mastery of Microsoft Excel is expected in this role. 
4. Passion for Retail: A history of work and/or passion for the retail/consumer industry. 
5. Powerful Communication: Ability to communicate effectively, succinctly and professionally, both verbally and on paper. Familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint is ideal. 
6. Team Collaboration: Motivated team player able to effectively collaborate with many individuals including the Category Merchandising team(s), functional and divisional leaders, Cross-functional Support Teams, Field Management and Vendor Partners. 
7. Educational Credentials: The right candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Finance or similar field. 

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The candidate selected for this position will be a creative, out-of-the-box thinker who is intellectually curious with a demonstrated interest in learning. This person will also need to be a self-motivated, entrepreneurial individual who can function in a performance-driven environment. He/she must be accustomed to working on multiple tasks in parallel. This professional must demonstrate strong team player and leadership skills. 
The ideal candidate will also: 
- Be highly organized, and possess strong planning and time management skills 
Communicate in an open and honest way that builds trust and respect 
- Be a collaborative and flexible team player 
- Be comfortable working on a cross-functional team 
High School Diploma or GED required. Bachelors degree in related field or equivalent work experience preferred. 

Hours are Mon - Fri 8:30- 5:00 
 

Client Description:

This client is a fantastic consideration for those who want to combine working with a large retail brand and a true “do-good”, customer-centric focus. Most people we’ve placed here say the company’s innovations within their Retail Loyalty & Personalization program and Healthcare Services offerings is a standout characteristic. Their leadership, competitive edge and innovations within their businesses and markets is having a direct impact on the size of the teams, and we’re seeing massive growth. What a time to get involved!

This client:

  • Is considered by Fast Company to be amongst the most innovative companies

  • Is listed by Forbes as one of the world’s most admired companies

  • Makes it their mission to guide people toward better health

    • This includes altering the products they offer at retail to more health-conscious offerings!

Our client has recently made a move toward a major merger, which means this is a great time to get involved! Two big industry brands coming together.

Working here gets you into a fast-paced environment, with tons of cross-functional working relationships. You’d have exposure to a number of teams related to any project you’re working on, and we sometimes see freelancers convert to permanent employees on teams they’ve had the opportunity to interact with. This is definitely a standout opportunity!

 

Requirements:

Working with AQUENT gives you access to some pretty cool things:

    1.    You're paid weekly with the option for direct deposit Subsidized Health/Vision/Dental (including term life and LTD) benefits after your first four weeks of work (averaging at least 20 hrs/wk). Learn more about our awesome benefits here: https://aquent.com/our-dna/healthcare

    2.    Access to Fidelity 401(k) 

    3.    Access to the Flexible Spending Account Program (pre-tax payment toward commuter passes, etc.) 

    4.    Talent Rewards Program (we pay cash for referrals!) 

    5.    Free online courses via Aquent's Gymnasium to help you develop your skills: http://gymnasium.aquent.com/ 

    6.    Free online courses via Lynda.com 

    7.    Aquent Support: your Aquent Agent checks in with you during the course of your contract to make sure you're happy and progressing according to your expectations. We're also there to help you find new opportunities when you're finishing up your current role.

Aquent is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.