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Retail Activation Manager - Pet Channel

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Date: Jun 13, 2018

Location: Topeka, KS, US

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Location: Topeka, Kansas, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 66664

This role ensures that the requirements of the Shopper and Retail Environment are incorporated into each product launch/ re-launch within the Pet Channel at the development stage and that all launches go to market with complete and consistent product bundles and sales materials, within the planned timeframe.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Identifies and develops requirements for the Pet retail environment for product launches and national promotions
  • Leads the input from CDO at Go-to-Market meetings
  • Participates actively in all Product development teams to ensure:
    • customer launch deadlines are met
    • product bundles meet key channel/customer requirements.
  • Provides CDO with sales estimate guidelines for new products
  • Collaborates with the Retail Environment Managers on the development of 6P strategy & tactics
  • Manages the timetable for communication to the field and customers of New Products
  • Alerts commercial team of any actions required to ensure timelines are met           
  • Develop 6P strategies and tactics for key categories and new products in collaboration with Consumer Marketing to meet the needs of the retail environment
  • Coordinates the requirements in terms of quantities for all above support materials
  • Reports on monthly launch KPI’s
  • Communicate all new product launches to the field
  • Lead MAP evaluation and communicate violations to commercial teams and customer.
  • Liaise with Customer Service
  • Manage MAP communications with the customer
  • In collaboration with the Category Management team provides recommendations to Consumer marketing on portfolio management.  
  • Ensures timely communication of all New products & discontinued products to NSD’s, (National Sales Directors) Team leaders and REM’s.


Basic requirements:


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years in sales, marketing, or related fields


Preferred requirements:


  • MBA
  • Experience in Retail Marketing


Expected Areas of Skills:


  • Pursues win-win solutions with persistence, compromise, and respect
  • Works effectively across functions, channels, and categories to align priorities, solve problems, optimize resources, and drive effective execution
  • Has trade knowledge, an understand of trade spending, and is able to extract related trade insight
  • Experience analyzing promotions for effectiveness
  • Proficient in customer business planning and calling on customers
  • Intermediate level (or greater) Excel, Access, & PowerPoint
  • Able to manage multiple projects, including deliverables and timelines


Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply to work with us using this online application. Attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process.

Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Topeka

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