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Category Manager

North Liberty, IA

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Job Summary:

JM Swank, LLC, headquartered in North Liberty, Iowa, is a leading food ingredients distributor serving a nationwide base of food and beverage marketers and manufacturers. The Category Manager role is based in North Liberty, IA, and reports to the Chief Commercial Officer of JM Swank. The Category Manager will be responsible for procuring ingredients, understanding ingredient and category trends, developing and managing supplier relationships, developing strategic sourcing strategies and plans, working with the pricing manager on price inputs, and working with sales and customer service personnel to grow volume, revenue and margin.

Job Responsibilities:

Analyzes data or insights to determine industry and consumer trends

•Devises long-term development strategies for product categories
•Develops exit strategies for unsuccessful products
•Fosters trust relationships with suppliers to understand their strategies, develop mutual goals, achieve better pricing, and quality of services
•Places appropriate orders to ensure product availability that meets consumer demands
•Determines the positioning of a product category to maximize profitability and revenue
•Liaises with pricing manager, marketing teams, and sales teams to determine competitive pricing and promotional activities of a product category
•Collaborates with sales and marketing to expand product categories
•Works with demand planning to develop forecasts for product demand to ensure the sustainability of inventory
•Assumes responsibility of budget development and revenue for category
•Provides deep functional and technical strategic sourcing and procurement expertise in various categories and develops, manages, and implements strategic sourcing initiatives
•Develops category and supplier strategies proactively and collaboratively through on-going market and spend analysis
•Develops excellent customer service to our internal colleagues, addressing their sourcing needs with a sense of urgency


•BS/BA in business administration, marketing, finance, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
•Proven experience as a procurement category manager or similar role
•Solid knowledge of category management, strategic sourcing, marketing, and sales principles
•Understanding of data analysis and forecasting methods
•Proficient in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
•Analytical and strategic thinking
•Ability to envision a desired end-state, enable that vision within the organization, and create follower ship and energy in the organization for that vision
•Passionate about being in a growth-oriented organization and the ability and willingness to challenge the status quo to achieve new growth
•Excellent communication and collaboration skills
•Capability in applied spend analytics, ERP and leading edge Sourcing Tools, Processes and strategies
•Capability in CRM tools
•Excellent relationship management skills
•Proven experience in sourcing relevant procurement agreements resulting in cost savings and ease of administration

Equal Opportunity Employment:

JM Swank, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, religion, sex, gender identity, genetic information, race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, participation in the uniformed services (e.g., U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard), physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local equal employment opportunity laws.

Applicants with physical or mental disabilities may be entitled to a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state and local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done, which will ensure equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the JM Swank, LLC companies. Please contact JM Swank, LLC if you are a job seeker with a disability, or are assisting someone with a disability, and require assistance to apply for one of our jobs.

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Posted 05/24/17

Job ID: 60907