Abbott Manager Category Management – National Food Accounts - Minneapolis, MN - Abbott Nutrition in Minneapolis, Minnesota

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

This position is responsible for providing category management support to the National Food West Team. Responsibilities include managing a Sr Category Analyst, providing advanced analytics, shopper and consumer insights and category recommendations to internal and external customers. Candidates must have the ability to influence the customer at multiple retail levels. Individuals must have the ability to identify and report findings, opportunities, and make recommendations; develop effective and accurate reporting tools.

The Category Manager is accountable for working in collaboration with National Food Accounts to develop winning category management solutions through objective insights, analysis, and recommendations which lead to enhanced category performance. The Category Manager will partner with the internal Category & Shopper Insight team to drive for category, shopper, and retailer insights to position Abbott as a “Thought Leader” across multiple National Food Retailers.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Shopper and Category Insights and is responsible for providing coaching, training, and guidance to a direct report ensuring high customer satisfaction, as well as talent development of future leaders in Abbott’s organization.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Manage and lead internal personnel to deliver category management principals to the customer

  • Build and maintain long-term relationships with buyers through objective detailed analysis, insight development and presentation

  • Work seamlessly with sales personnel to deliver shopper and customer insights and understanding

  • Ability to train and develop category management personnel on the utilization and application of business analytic tools (Nielsen Analytic Suite, Space Planning, Retail Link, Microsoft Office Suite, Visualization tools etc.)

  • Engage in customer Planogramming process

  • Ability to identify key business opportunities for the category at a macro and micro level

  • Ability to build, apply, and deliver shopper and consumer research

  • Penetrate retailer to build relationship

Qualified candidate must display the ability to work within a team environment, organize and complete task assigned. Prior sales and/or category management experience with a background in consumer packaged goods is required.




  • Bachelor's Degree required

  • 2 years of category management experience with a total of 4 years of CPG experience

  • 3 years of experience in analyzing and interpreting data with 1 year of team/project management experience

  • Advanced to expert level technical skills (Space Planning Tools, Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Power Point, and Access)

  • Strong leadership skills demonstrated by the ability to influence activities of individual team members towards goals

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to link strategies and objectives to develop a plan

  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills

  • Able to establish and attain high standards for self and team

  • Able to provide clear direction, make decisions, and solve problems

  • Creativity and initiative

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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