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Category Manager (International)

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Leading the development and implementation of integrated initiatives for new products and product related opportunities within and across multiple categories and markets. Develops strategic assessments of categories and provides consultation to regional offices and operating units to support achievement of financial and business objectives.

Summary of Key Responsibilities:
- Communicates category direction to internal and external partners.
- Leads project teams and timelines to deliver products and programs to regions and markets.
- Leads and manages cross functional partners to ensure the best available costs, terms and quality.
- Communicates category strategies, activities and project plans to other business units, departments and leaders to ensure integration and support for program and initiatives.
- Assesses the domestic and global marketplace for new product innovations, competitors, lifestyle trends and emerging technologies and makes strategic recommendations and decisions on opportunities. Creates and presents the business case for new products or programs to support market growth strategies and profitability targets.
- Leads integrated product launch programs from kickoff to execution, including product direction, financial targets, marketing plans and supply chain requirements. Establishes and maintains processes to ensure effective and timely development and execution of programs within defined budget constraints.

Summary of Experience:
Experience in product marketing or brand management in a retail or packaged goods environment: 5-8 years. Creating or contributing to marketing and product plans: 3-5 years. Leading and facilitating cross functional teams or organizational groups: 3-5 years. Leading or assisting in development of product concepts, from conception through implementation: 1-3 years.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines. Ability to build long term business relationships. Ability to collaborate with others. Working knowledge of financial planning, forecasting, assortment planning and inventory management. Ability to consult and influence decision making.

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