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Category Business Planner

At SpartanNash, we deliver the ingredients for a better life through customer-focused innovation. We do this for our supply chain customers and U.S. military commissaries, retail store guests and, most importantly, our Associates. In fact, we see a day when each will say, “I can’t live without them.”

Our SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,000 strong, ranging from bakery managers to order selectors; from IT developers to vice presidents of finance; from HR Business Partners to export specialists. Each of them plays an integral role in SpartanNash’s People First culture, Operational Excellence and Insights that Drive Solutions. Ready to contribute to the success of our food solutions company? Apply now!


850 76th Street S.W. - Byron Center, Michigan 49315

Job Description:

Here's what you’ll do:

  • Participates in the development of comprehensive Category Business Plans that align with the Company’s overall strategies. This involves applying tactics in the areas of promotional pricing, promotional analysis, and vendor negotiation.

  • Develops insights and recommendations from the analysis for the Category Manager to apply to the business.

  • Manages business to markdown and income budgets, working in partnership with Category Manager to ensure all targets are met.

  • Maintains relationships with supplier partners to facilitate effective promotional planning to increase sales and dead net profit, lower product costs, maximize trade funds, and optimize partnerships.

  • Supports the Category Manager in tracking, and growing market share gains for both National and OwnBrands.

  • Assists in developing and maintaining OwnBrands performance to achieve overall company goals.

  • Attends weekly promotional planning review to ensure plans are communicated to the Category Manager and the Business Planning Managers. Communicates back to Category Manager on any changes from the meeting.

  • Creates, plans, and coordinates the weekly ad plans for corporate retail stores and independent customers.

  • Creates and publishes presells and catalogs with product that support the weekly ad and seasonal sales plans.

  • Weekly reporting and analysis of executed promotional offers to ensure maximum effectiveness.

  • Responsible for proofing the ads to ensure that the products and prices communicated in the final ad are exactly what was negotiated and planned.

  • Communicates all ad changes to Category Managers and the Business Planning Managers on all promotional activity revisions.

  • Responsible to collaborate with the procurement team, input and adjust data in sales plans and validate supplier to support assigned Category Business planning.

  • Maintains current knowledge of industry trends and best practices, makes recommendations to improve current programs and processes.

  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor's Degree (Required) Business Administration, Food Marketing, or other related field or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Two (2) years' experience in marketing, category management, product management, field sales, store leadership and/or product development experience in retail or wholesale industry.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong financial acumen, analytical, influencing and negotiations skills.

  • Working knowledge of category planning practices.

  • Experience working across business units to leverage resources and capabilities to accomplish company goals.

  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Nielsen Category Management tools, experience with purchasing systems is a plus.

  • Project management experience is a plus.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

May be required to lift and/or move 20 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to a typical office environment and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. Temperatures may vary for those subject to any of the following areas: computer/server room, print shop, production area). The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate but may be high in distribution settings. Travel requirements vary by assignment.

As part of our People First culture, SpartanNash is proud to offer a robust and competitive Total Rewards benefits package.

SpartanNash is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and veteran, that celebrates diversity and believes employing a diverse workforce is key to our success. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals.

We are not able to sponsor work visas for this position.

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