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Retail Category Development Manager in Topeka, KS

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Date: Oct 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
# 66622

We invite you to apply for the position of Retail Category Development Manager based out of our Topeka, Kansas Corporate Office, with travel to customers and business meetings. The Retail Category Development Manager is ultimately responsible for developing solutions to drive the category for the customer, and must be perceived as a credible Category partner, as well as to providing Category Management services including Category Assessment, product assortment, shelf strategies & recommendations for each retail environment.  Additionally, this role needs to develop working relationships with the customer, consumer marketing, retail marketing and insights team to drive category growth. 



Key Responsibilities:


  • Leads Category Management partnerships by providing insights, identifying opportunities and tailoring solutions to drive the category.
  • Utilize all available data sources to generate the optimal assortment recommendations to drive category growth and Hill’s consumption
  • Develop the Product assortment & Placement recommendations within the 6P tool, including the launch of new items & SKU rationalization or discontinuations.
  • Produce planograms to merchandise recommended assortments with a shopper centric approach.
  • Production of category review decks using external & internal data sources aligned to Customer and Hill’s timings.
  • Monthly analysis of external and internal sales and profitability data to identify opportunity gaps, best practices, competitive strategy and 6P execution and/or compliance issues.
  • Own the Category Management process, liaise with commercial & customer teams to develop category plans, provide input and guidance on new product launches/re-launches.
  • Co-lead the development of the Category Development Center of Excellence through the establishment of an insights, reports & best practices repository that can be shared & utilized to raise the wider organization’s category development competencies.
  • Maintain and publish weekly/monthly business performance reports.
  • Understanding & communication of Category review schedules for all key customers, ensuring all key deliverables are received within customer timelines.
  • Space to sales review and insights meeting post category resets.


Basic qualifications include:  


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 7+ years of related CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) experience


Preferred qualifications include:


  • MBA
  • 4+ years Category Management or Business Analytics experience


Expected Areas of Skills


  • Intermediate level (or greater) Excel, Access, & PowerPoint
  • Project management skills


Hills offers:


  • Highly competitive pay
  • Great employee, domestic partner, and family benefits that start the first day of employment (medical/dental/vision)
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Income Program/Savings & Investment Plan with company contributions and matching
  • Healthcare and dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Annual tuition reimbursement up to $10,000
  • 14 paid holidays
  • Annual paid vacation
  • Discounts on pet insurance
  • On-going training
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Highly professional, ethical, drug free environment


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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