Assistant Category Manager in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 2/19/2021

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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. ​

We are looking for a Assistant Category Manager who will join our Sales team in Marysville, OH.

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro world headquarters in Marysville, a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Not familiar with Columbus? Visit

This individual's primary responsibility is to compile relevant and necessary insights to support the business planning cycle and improved decision making capabilities for SMG and our retail partners.  The majority of the work will be project-based.  This position will work closely with the Sales, Marketing and Insights teams to equip the organization with actionable insights that positively impact our categories and brands and drive strategies forward.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Analyze data and insights to showcase industry and consumer trends.  This includes a combination of syndicated consumption data (Nielsen, Dunhumby, etc), SMG POS/shipment data, and consumer insights.    

  • Research, build, and deliver fact-based selling stories, business reviews and market analysis to drive sales and marketing strategies forward

  • Develop category presentations for retailers to build customer relationships, support selling initiatives, and train new buyers.

  • Develop ‘gold standard’ POGs for retailers that support assortment optimization and placement of new items.

  • Work with 3rd party vendors and SMG insights team to conduct research projects that help us better understand category dynamics.

  • Develop Category Management relationships at customers that establish Scotts Miracle-Gro as the go-to resource for Category insights

  • Participate with Scotts Miracle-Gro Sales Team to identify and present recommendations for category growth

  • Advocate for the function of category management within the SMG organization. 

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Strong quantitative, analytical and presentation skills with strong oral and written communication

  • Self starter – must be able to identify opportunities to develop internal and external relationships to maximize the role within the organization

  • Ability to work well with others in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

  • Proficiency in excel, powerpoint and google sheets

  • Backgrounds in sales, marketing and/or consumer insights are a plus.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones)

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office. 

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice!

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.

  • 13 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy. 

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.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu 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. 

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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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.