• Category Analyst

    Job Locations US-IL-Elk Grove Village
    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/26/2018 11:05 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Category Management
  • Overview

    Topco Associates is currently seeking a Category Business Analyst for the Dairy and Frozen team in Elk Grove Village, IL.


    One of Topco’s three core strategies is “Knowledge Management”. Recently, this strategy has taken on a much more important role, and additional focus is required at the business unit level. In this role, the Category Business Analyst will serve as analytic and category management advisor using the category management process as a decision platform for all initiatives designed to optimize category strategy, assortment, distribution merchandising, pricing and promotional mix for Topco. Provide data-driven customer-focused insights to help meet and exceed volume and market share objectives.


    • Support efforts in delivery of data-driven customer centric category business plans and insights to support category strategy within the Dairy/Frozen/Bakery business units.
    • Utilize syndicated, market, and internal data sources to derive insight, synthesize, and make actionable recommendations to business unit category teams.
    • Assist in new item launches from ideation through launch , provide relevant insights for the initial launch of the product(s) as well as track, measure and communicate the progress of these new products.
    • Provide ongoing tracking and support for business unit category team performance and opportunities using established (Sales, Contribution Margin, Fill Rate, Flow Rate, etc) and newly developed KPIs.
    • Support ad hoc business questions and analysis to identify opportunities to drive business strategy and performance.
    • Coordinate, execute, analyze, and present findings from research related to category and item-level studies, that drives incremental value for Topco and its Members.
    • Concisely deliver key findings and research details to non-technical audiences focusing on the business implications in written and verbal format.
    • Perform research to identify best-in-class retailer/Member strategies and tactics and identify key industry trends or best practices.
    • All other duties as assigned.



    • Bachelor’s degree

    Technical skills:

    • Experience with the MS Office Suite, specifically seeking expertise in Excel allowing for creation of spreadsheets summarizing complex, large data sets.
    • Experience working with Access and Excel using Visual Basic a big plus.
    • Ability to create PowerPoint presentations that turn numerical data into a easily digestible graphical story.
    • Experience performing business analysis and reporting data in order to identify issues, trends, or exceptions to drive business performance.
    • Experience with Retailer Point-of-Sale data and/or syndicated data such as Nielsen, IRI, NPD, Euromontior, Mintel, Kantar, EYC etc.
    • Experience using time management skills to prioritize deliverables and project components to meet deadlines of multiple projects.

    Previous Experience:

    • 2+ years of experience as an Analyst and/or 1+ year of experience in retail/CPG promotions, marketing, retail analytics, insights, consumer research and/or business analysis.

     Other qualifications:

    • Detail oriented.
    • Superior communication skills.
    • Problem-solver who can think analytically to solve unique business challenges.


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