Assistant Category Manager in Vancouver, WA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 1/12/2022

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    Vancouver, WA
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Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

Job Overview:  

A successful Assistant Category Manager has the desire to assist in execution of a category strategic plan across responsibilities including new product project management, portfolio analysis (sales performance, marketplace/share, forecast/inventory, sku rationalization, etc.), marketing tactics project management & execution, and all other areas that directly impact the ability to  meet the needs of Commercial and Hobby Growers in the Hydroponics Channel and achieve strategic goals.

Responsibilities and Duties:  

  • Lead Category project initiatives across all elements of the Marketing Mix including product development, marketing tactic execution, pricing & promotional execution, and sales execution.  

  • Complete key business analyses including: marketplace/share, competitive assessment, volume builds, capacity assessment, promotion evaluation, SKU rationalization, pricing/sizing analysis, and market research analysis and implications.

  • Analyze end-user, market and competitor trends, for the category from a product & brand perspective.  Understand how end-users interact with products, how they fit into the overall category and how the products compare vs competition.  Identify end-user wants/needs (gaps/ opportunities) relative to current and competitive offerings that will lead to product innovation.

  •  Execute new product development process, partnering with R&D, from ideation through development and launch.  Oversee cross-functional team, with support of Project Management.  Gain alignment with key internal stakeholders and Hawthorne leadership.

  • Define new product development targets (with support of other functions): COGS, gross margins, distributor margins and retail price point.

  • Manage development and execution of marketing support for Strategic Marketing Plans, Product Development/Launches, and In-Market Needs; branding/positioning, advertising development, trade materials, website/digital, label development, launch plans, retailer support, etc.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Education level: Bachelor's Degree in Business

Experience:1-3 years of experience in product / brand management, sales, or related field.

Specific skills:

  • Bias for action – results-driven individual;

  • High degree of ownership and initiative;

  • Collaborative mindset- ability to energize and activate plans across team members;

  • Ability to thrive in a very fast paced environment;

  • Resilient to adversity, adapting with flexibility;

  • Extensive project management experience and proven ability to multitask.

  • Compelling communications with the ability to clearly and succinctly convey information and ideas.

  • Critical thinking with the ability to analyze data, identify trends and recognizes the broader implications of issues.

  • Intellectual curiosity with the drive to always learn more.

  • Strong leadership with the ability to effectively influence others to advance shared goals.

Some other nice to have’s:

  • MBA Degree 

  • Hydroponics / Indoor Growing industry experience

  • Experience with SAP

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

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