Category Manager

at JUUL Labs

 

Hamburg, Germany

 

 

The company

 

JUUL's mission is to improve the lives of the world’s one billion adult smokers by driving innovation to eliminate cigarettes. JUUL is the number one US-based vapor product. Headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading technology investors including Tiger Global, Fidelity Investments and Tao Invest LLC, JUUL Labs is disrupting one of the world’s largest and oldest industries.

 

We’re an exceptional team with backgrounds in technology, healthcare, CPG and biotech, and we’re growing rapidly to deliver on our mission. We’re actively looking to hire the world’s best scientists, engineers, designers, product managers, supply chain experts, customer service and business professionals.

 

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supports the account teams to maximise sales fundamentals contribution to the half year and annual plans
  • Manage portfolio within customer to grow distribution to drive category and JUUL’s sales
  • Identify customer contact matrix and develop best in class category relationships to unlock category opportunities (external reporting and regular customer visits)
  • Act as a trusted partner for sustainable value creation of the category: range reviews, shelf optimisation and new concepts of merchandising
  • Creates future growth drivers collaboratively with strategic customers; e.g. shelf navigation, shelf education, shopper interruptions, applying technological solutions
  • Grows the business based on shopper insights through differentiated category strategies and execute consistently
  • Penetrates analysis of customer & market data, showing growth opportunities and forms the base for powerful customer propositions
  • The Category Manager is building competence in the commercial teams and the fieldforce in understanding of sellout data and evaluating of market performance
  • Creation and test of category concepts at POS, based on new shopper and category insights
  • Perform commercial business planning, implementation, and evaluation to deliver solutions that drive profitable sales growth
  • Drive the Commercial team’s efforts supporting customer promotions, product launches, brand campaigns, new channel strategy / business development, and trade marketing and sales operations execution
  • Define implementation priorities, develop execution plans, and manage cross-functional pull-through. Manage external and internal customer relationships, influencing strategy and execution
  • Project manage all aspects of the launch planning and implementation of J2 across all functional areas including: sales, trade marketing, campaigns, operations, legal, finance, and PR)

 

Professional qualifications

We’re looking for someone with FMCG experience and a deep knowledge of Category Management/Development/Sales. This should include:

 

  • Minimum 3-5 years FMCG experience to include experience of Category Management/Development/Sales
  • Sales and Line Management experience very welcome
  • Knows how to get things done with complex retail customer structures.
  • Track record in regular interaction with customers which results in fast alignment to propositions and effective activation at outlet level
  • Experience in dealing with databases (Nielsen, GFK)
  • Quantitative undergraduate degree from a top-tier institution preferred
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills with a focus on attention to detail while delivering against tight deadlines
  • High level of proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication, presentation & influencing skills with a proven record of delivery

 

JUUL LABS Perks & Benefits

  • A place to grow your career. We’ll help you set big goals - and exceed them
  • People. Work with talented, committed and supportive teammates
  • Equity and performance bonuses. Every employee is a stakeholder in our success
  • Boundless snacks and drinks
  • Cell phone subsidy, commuter benefits and discounts on JUUL products
  • Location. Work in the heart of Hamburg

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