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Junior Category Manager - Sipoo

Posted 25 May 2024
Work experience
3 to 5 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)
30 May 2024 22:00

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Ready for an exciting position that plays a crucial role in driving the success of fresh dairy categories like yogurt and cooking in Finland and championing category thinking across the organization. Are you a detail-oriented and analytical individual with a passion for driving business growth? Do you want to make your contribution in growing the Finnish grocery trade’s largest categories?

We are looking for a Junior Category Manager to join our Marketing team in Sipoo covering the Milk and Cooking categories and product portfolio.

About the job

The Junior Category Manager is responsible for executing and supporting development of customer facing Category Strategies in order to drive category and market share growth for the fresh dairy business, and the customers and channels we work with and play in respectively in Finland.

In this role, you will be responsible for executing our category strategies on a daily basis to drive business growth and customer satisfaction. You must have a strong Shopper focus – putting the shopper at the heart. You will contribute to category strategy planning and development. Growing the category and connecting with our customers and shoppers is in the heart of the role.

You will work in close collaboration with the local sales team to maximize sales, profitability, and customer satisfaction within their assigned category ensuring local category growth. Furthermore, you will connect with our Global category teams regularly.

The key responsibilities:

  • Lead and participate in different category-related projects such as design updates, category management and SKU management
  • Lead category specific Assortment Complexity projects and assigned NRM (Net Revenue Management) projects
  • Analyze and use shopper data to drive insights to support decision making, customer strategies and category growth platforms.
  • Build business cases for innovation with the brand team, and setup new products to be launched in different customers and channels.
  • Execute the defined category strategy and manage the category innovation pipeline for designated categories and private labels
  • Support Category Lead in delivering all aspects of the category strategy and managing the innovation pipeline for designated brands and PL
  • Manage specified category budget
  • Responsible for P&L in designated categories

Who are you?

As an individual, you are commercially savvy and have a growth mindset that sees opportunities as well as solutions. You possess the ability to effectively prioritize tasks and maintain a commitment to quality and timely delivery, even in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. You are capable of working both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic setting. Your work approach is characterized by being detail-oriented, systematic, and self-directed. Strong project management skills and analytical thinking will help you succeed in this position. You have genuine interest in food and industry trends.

In addition to this our preferred candidate has

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Business Administration.
  • 3-5 years of experience in eg. sales analyst or category management roles, preferably in the retail industry.
  • Category / Strategy experience beneficial by not essential
  • Strong problem-solving skills and experience in reporting and analyzing data.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Excel for data analysis.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in both Finnish and English.

What do we offer?

This is a great opportunity to join our marketing team and help shape the future of dairy at Arla. We are eager to share our expertise with you, so you can develop your skills on your journey to become a professional. If you in the future are interested to get work experience outside Finland, there are great opportunities to apply open positions in our global organization.

Our office is based in Sipoo and we offer a flexible working schedule. We are committed to professional development and promoting from within. Our positive and collaborative culture will bring out the best in you. And you will join a market leader who produces nutritious household brands in a way that makes things better for our customers, the farmers and the whole world.

Modern working in hybrid model

The office is considered our primary place of work and should be seen as a natural choice. It is of great value that the employees meet at the workplace since it contributes to collaboration, creativity, exchange of knowledge and strengthens and builds new relationships. Our belief is that the best way of working, for many, is a mix between working from the office and working remotely. This increases flexibility, which for many can contribute to further positive effects on the interaction between work and leisure (Work Life Balance).

Application and contact

If you want to seize this exciting opportunity and accelerate your career at Arla, then please apply as soon as possible. We process applications on a continuous basis and close the job opening once the right candidate has been found.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Category Lead, Arja Westman on her mobile: +358451762889 on either Wednesday the 22th of May between 9-10 or on Friday the 24th of May between 10-11.

In Arla, we strongly believe our values Lead, Sense and Create that defines us in everything we do and say. In Arla we believe that diversity and inclusion are imperative to our business. We define diversity broadly as differences between people with a diverse range of backgrounds, while inclusion is about valuing differences among individuals to create synergies. We have an ambition to create an inclusive work environment where everyone is valued and feels that they belong.

We have a purpose for Good
At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call itStronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?

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We work continuously on the farms, at the dairies and in our administration to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact. We are committed to champion good food habits and inspire a healthy life. We collaborate with NGOs and public stakeholders to develop viable dairy sectors in our emerging markets and to ensure access to affordable dairy nutrients. And we take our responsibility, our relationships, and our role in society seriously.

Foods & Beverages
500 employees