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Category Manager, Foodprep

Toledo, OH, US, 43604 Columbus, OH, US, 43219

                                                                                 

Based in Toledo, Ohio, Libbey Inc. is one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world. Libbey operates manufacturing plants in the U.S., Mexico, China, Portugal and the Netherlands. In existence since 1818, the company supplies tabletop products to retail, foodservice and business-to-business customers in over 100 countries. Additional information is available at www.libbey.com.

 

The Category Manager is responsible for developing short-term and long-term product strategies for assigned tabletop categories, in order to maximize profitable growth within the Americas (U.S. and Latin America). This includes competitive analysis, pricing, packaging, SKU rationalization and lifecycle management, portfolio management, innovation and NPD pipeline creation, forecasting, category P&L and other customer driven projects.  This role will work collaboratively with sales, pricing, channel marketing, new product development and external stakeholders, in order to execute customer, product and channel growth initiatives.


The Category Manager role is an excellent opportunity a driven, results-oriented individual to positively impact growth with the industry’s leading tabletop company. If you have a passion for growth, innovation and change, we want you on our team!

Responsibilities:

  • Develop short-term and long-term product category strategies and product plans that define and address pricing, product, packaging and proposition
  • Develop and support business cases for new products to define and quantify new product innovation pipeline
  • Conduct competitive analysis, SWOT analysis and associated research on all assigned product categories – use as input and recommendation into category plans, product road maps, line reviews, etc.  
  • Participate in category marketing strategic planning and plan execution to meet and exceed category sales and margin goals
  • Develop forecast and pricing plans for all new products
  • Leverage consumer and customer research and insights to develop new products
  • Partner with channel marketing, and other internal departments, on customer requested projects to ensure timeliness and communication of product launches
  • Conduct analysis of post-launch product performance and make recommendations for changes/revisions
  • Maintain product databases with product specifications, artwork, and catalog copy
  • Select and approve product samples; prepare and present product to customers when they are on-site in Toledo; inventory and ship product samples for photography and customer reviews
  • Manage ongoing product lifecycle analysis, including process for slow moving, obsolete (unhealthy) inventory
  • Lead/support SKU-rationalization process
     

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, marketing or related field; MBA preferred
  • 3-5+ years of experience in product management or new product development
  • Experience with tabletop consumer products is highly preferred – ceramic, glass, flatware, dinnerware, bakeware
  • Demonstrated organizational aptitude, ability to manage projects from start to completion and successfully multitask to meet deadlines
  • Strong research, oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively on teams to accomplish goals and objectives
  • Broad business acumen, ability to understand and influence P&L
  • Domestic and international travel up to 25%
     

Libbey Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other federal, state, or local protected class.


Nearest Major Market: Toledo

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