Senior Category Manager - Cookie (Contract)

Weston Foods - Etobicoke, ON (30+ days ago)

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Job Address:
1425 The Queensway, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8Z 1T3

Weston Foods is a leading North American bakery company with a specialized focus across all key bakery categories, including breads and rolls, donuts, pies, cakes, alternatives breads, and others. We bake our products in more than 38 facilities across Canada and the USA, conducting our business with integrity, contributing to our communities, and fostering a respectful culture. We are building a culture of success here, and it depends on our people striving for greatness and having the courage and commitment to getting better every day

The Biscuit (Cookie) category is a Weston Foods heritage business. We have been producing cookies for nearly 100 years. We manufacture some of the best known private brands in North America as well as producing a share of the US Girl Scout Cookies. The Sr. Category Manager will have a key role in leading the Cookie portfolio for our key retail partners in the US and Canada. The anchor accounts of focus are Loblaw and Walmart, two of our largest strategic partnerships. This person will be responsible for aiding in the management of the overall category strategy, development of long-term strategic plans and annual plans, with a focus on driving category growth and profitability. The Biscuit/Cookie category is our second largest category and this role will have a focus on protecting and growing our sales with high profile customers. We are committed to growing our top line and bottom line while targeting future investment for the next decade’s worth of growth.

We are seeking the right candidate with strong experience in Tier 1 category analysis, deep financial acumen, great presence, and excellent project and general management skills. The role presents an ownership opportunity in a leading bakery organization to foster and grow with trusted private label brands and key customer relationships.

Core Accountabilities:
Develop and partner on strategies with sales and sales strategy that protect and grow our key private label brands. Accountable to help drive design to value work and profit improvement tactics within the retail customer base. Understand category trends, competitor behavior, and identify opportunities for growth by line extension, new products, improved in-store conditions and promotion strategies, as well as price pack architecture.
Accountable for leading project management on execution of category strategies, including identifying new category initiatives, innovation, portfolio assortment and planning, and interfacing with cross functional teams to deliver on category plans.
Develop strong collaborative working relationships across internal cross-functional stakeholders to influence the strategic direction of the Category and address issues.
Responsible for co-leading the category commercialization process.
Provide organizational leadership and bring enterprise wide thinking and responsibility.

Must haves:
Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 7-10 years Category/Marketing Management experience in CPG
Demonstrated leadership, drive for results and superior execution
Strong analytical, presentation and project management skills
Strong Financial acumen – Profitability (P&Ls)
Strong interpersonal skills, able to collaborate with other departments as well as work independently
Resiliency to deal with ambiguity and lead through change
Customer facing experience required
Stage Gate experience preferred
Private Label Experience preferred
Ability to travel to the US, less than 20%

Weston is committed to fostering a work environment with strong core values that support diversity through various policies, programs and activities that encourage sensitivity and accommodations. Weston offers employment regardless of race, colour, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Diversity is integral to our success as an organization and we will use diversity as a model to help identify and develop the best talent, create effective teams, and achieve overall excellence. In addition, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing. Upholding the law is part of our Code of Conduct – it reinforces what our customers and stakeholders expect of us.

Weston s'engage à promouvoir un environnement de travail avec des valeurs fortes qui favorisent la diversité à travers divers politiques, programmes et activités qui encouragent la sensibilité et les accommodements. Weston offre du travail sans égard à l’ethnie, la couleur de la peau, le sexe, l’origine, la religion, l’âge, le handicap ou l’orientation sexuelle. La diversité est une partie intégrante de notre succès en tant qu’entreprise et nous allons utiliser la diversité comme modèle pour aider à identifier et à développer les meilleurs talents, pour créer des équipes efficaces et pour atteindre une excellence globale. En outre, nous croyons que la conformité aux lois consiste à faire ce qu'il faut. Le respect de la loi fait partie de notre Code de conduite; il renforce ce que nos clients et nos parties prenantes attendent de nous.

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