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Category & Channel Manager (w/m/d)

Date: Nov 23, 2021

Location: Hesse, HE, DE

Company: Beam Suntory

Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Rooted in two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory has evolved into the world's third largest leading premium spirits company ... where each employee is treated like family and trusted with legacy. With our greatest assets - our premium spirits and our people - we're driving growth through impactful marketing, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. Beam Suntory is a place where you can come Unleash your Spirit by making an impact each and every day.



Category & Channel Manager (w/m/d)  



What makes this a great opportunity?

  • The spirits industry is an exciting, dynamic, and fast-paced business and Beam Suntory is the world's third largest premium spirits company.
  • Opportunity to gain skills and capabilities to develop, build and lead Category Development and the related thinking in the organisation
  • Opportunity to develop & implement with the international Category Management Function and with other key Markets best in class Catergory Development Thinking, Tools and concrete Customer recommendations
  • Opportunity to further develop shopper marketing approaches and provide shoppe insights
  • Collaboration and exchange with leading customers
  • Opportunity to work cross functional and internationally with Sales, Marketing, Trade Marketing, Category Management


Role Responsibilities

  • Leading &  developping Category Management Beam Suntory Germany further
  • Driving Category Development Thinking further and translating it into customer relevant recommendations
  • Establishing Beam Suntory as a Category Management Partner for Trade through Projects, customer conversations and exchange
  • Uunderstanding data and generating business relevant insights (Shopper and Consumer lense)
  • Agency management for specific researches
  • Cross functional alignment with key departments including Sales, Trade Marketing, Marketing
  • Stakeholder management within a matrix structure
  • Development/further improvement of channel/listing recommendations
  • Proposal and tracking of key KPI´s
  • Ad hoc analysis to support sales/markting decisions
  • set up, control & evaluation of selective in market test (e.g. effect of x-category placement on rotation, etc.)


Qualifications & Experience

  • University degree in business, marketing, communications or equivalent
  • 2-3 years of category management experience, preferably in international FMCG companies, beverages and/or spirits industry or categories with strong emotional Marketing relevance
  • ideally further Marketing and/or Sales experiences
  • Excellent knowledge in MS Office
  • Fluent (spoken & written) in German and English
  • Ability to manage cross-functional projects, additional experience in working in matrix organization preferred
  • Experience in project management (incl. usage of respective tools and methods)
  • Strong analytical skills, converting numbers into insights
  • Competent and high interest in market research methodologies (in particular continuous, qunantitative research) (Consumer & Shopper)
  • Demonstrated personal characteristics to be self-starter, flexible and highly motivated
  • Proven team player with strong collaborative approach - to lead, build, drive and inspire


At Beam Suntory, people are our number one priority, and we believe our people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments where their unique insights, experiences and backgrounds are valued and respected. Beam Suntory is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, military veteran status and all other characteristics, attributes or choices protected by law. All recruitment and hiring decisions are based on an applicant’s skills and experience.