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Associate Manager, Category & Shopper Leadership - Kroger

Cincinnati, Ohio Job ID 14413 Apply

In this role, you will lead the Category & Shopper Leadership Category Management process across various categories supporting Kroger’s category management team and partnering with the sales team. This role focuses on the Shopper & Category Trends, learning about shopper attitudes and behaviors through a variety of tools and research methods.

SC Johnson is a fifth-generation family company built on a spirit of adventure and winning the right way. We have been leading with purpose for over 130 years, building top brands such as Raid®, Glade®, Kiwi®, OFF!®, Windex®, Ziploc® and more, in virtually every country. Through these household names, we are making a positive difference to the world around us. But we only succeed with the combined vitality and strength of our 13,000 people who we truly value and support in their pursuit of individual and shared goals.


  • Provides category & retailer specific solutions and recommendations based on key learnings and insights generated through analyses and research from a broad range of sources

  • Completes retailer category reviews utilizing category analysis, shopper insights and analytic tools

  • Analyzes data from sources such as syndicated scan and panel data, loyalty card data, retailer point-of-sale data, and space planning software

  • Completes category analyses on assortment, retail pricing, and trade promotions

  • Supports and guides Kroger in their go-to-market strategies that incorporate shopper insights and market trends

  • Works with the internal Shopper Insights team, Category Managers, and Kroger category managers to develop category learning plans

  • Supports and provides recommendations to the Sales Team on the category landscape and how that effects SCJ products and position. 

  • Turns category and shopper insights into actionable recommendations via Storytelling

  • Utilizes category and aisle expertise to provide shelf merchandising and item placement recommendations


  • Bachelors degree and 5+ years of relevant business experience OR an advanced degree and  3+ years of relevant business experience

  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States


  • Knowledge and application of basic financial measures and business math

  • Full knowledge and understanding of the category management process

  • Ability to develop fact-based business plans and to provide strategic input

  • Ability to develop, deliver and execute an objective fact-based presentation through storytelling

  • Skilled in use of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

  • Complete understanding of syndicated scan and panel data

  • Complete understanding and familiarity of retailer point of sale data

  • Ability to develop internal and external relationships

  • Willingness to travel to meet customer and business needs

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required for building internal and external relationships and working on a high-performance team

  • Ability to bring a story out of large amounts of data that is impactful to the retailer

  • Proactive and committed to delivering results in a fast paced, demanding work environment by fostering a sense of urgency, energy, ownership, and a curiosity to search for opportunities


  • Full-time, office-based position

  • 25% travel is the max expectation

SC Johnson’s total compensation packages are at or above industry levels. In addition to salary, total packages may include bonuses, long-term incentives, matching 401(k) contributions and profit sharing based on company profitability, job level and years of service. As a family company, we’re committed to providing benefits such as subsidized health care plans, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, flexible work arrangements, vacation purchase options, commuter benefits, counseling services and more.

SC Johnson & Son, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need an accommodation or other assistance during the application process, please call our Human Resources department at 262-260-3343 or email your request to All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Download the EEO is the Law poster for more information.


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