Manager, Category Development

C&S Wholesale Grocers
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Job Details

  • Location: Keene, NH, 03431
  • Date Posted: 2024-02-26
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Category: Retail - Other
  • Req Number: R-255320
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Position Overview

Keep our communities fed.

Our focus is simple but meaningful, from our distribution centers to our offices — every employee of C&S and their family of companies works to help feed local families, neighbors, and communities.

The Category Development Manager develops the overall shelf assortment strategy for a product category or categories. This position should understand consumer and shopper needs and purchase behavior, new product vitality, importance of private, specialty and regionally-relevant product options that will drive sales and achieve performance targets. This position is responsible for providing product category insights and proposals by analyzing marketing and customer data and monitoring relevant market conditions. Success in this role demands a strong strategic and analytical orientation coupled with exceptional communication skills as well as a highly developed collaborative nature with a clear ambition of driving sustainable category sales and profitability.

Job Description

  • Full Time

  • Location: Remote

You will contribute by:

  • Category Strategy & Assortment: Owns, creates, manages and delivers warehouse-specific category planograms, related mix options, variety, shopper selection and output quality; Owns assimilating key corporate growth objectives into assortment planning imperatives, clear retail guidance and instore activation priorities; Owns determining assortment growth goals in line with the C&S growth plan; Delivers monitoring, tracking, and communication of assortment and execution KPIs vs results timelines
  • Analytics: Owns data synthesis to identify growth and operational opportunities in all product categories; Owns the analysis and incorporation of key insights to determine industry and consumer trends, product market performance and determining space to sales appropriation; Utilizes shopper insights in recommending store macro-planning decisions regarding category placement, adjacencies and flow; Employs shopper insights to make micro-planning decisions of product placement, visibility and adjacencies
  • Internal and External Connectivity: Leads manufacturer relationships focused on category mix, assortment and best practices and the incorporation of key learning into planning and activation plans; Owns internal and external communication relating to cycle guidance and execution; Owns new product business case development and recommendations; Collaborates with internal supply chain partners to recommend exit strategies for unsuccessful products; Collaborates with systems, product and sales management to ensure realization of growth agenda
  • Planning and Process: Lead assortment planning SOP and ensure process adherence and proper outputs; Ensure key information and asset management resources are fully engaged and current
  • Travel Required: No


  • Office: Office Temperature (65F to 75F)

We’re searching for candidates with:

  • Working knowledge of most current technologies and products used in the industry; Strong commercial acumen
  • Strong strategic and analytical orientation
  • Proven leader, team-builder, and resourceful problem-solver
  • Strong organization, project management and stakeholder service skills
  • Exceptional presentation, communication, and story-telling skills
  • Self-motivated, action-focused mindset
  • Advanced Excel skills & Microsoft Office knowledge


  • 2-5: Experience and knowledge of category management, marketing, and sales principles

We offer:

  • Weekly Pay

  • Benefits available from day 1 (medical, dental, vision) 

  • Company matched 401k

  • PTO and Holiday Pay offered

  • Career Progression Opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Employee Health & Wellness program

  • Employee Discounts / Purchasing programs

  • Employee Assistance Program

Every person matters.

We keep our values alive through a culture that embraces differences and ensures that every person matters. 

C&S and their Family of Companies are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

The Fine Print 

This Job advertisement does not constitute a promise or guarantee of employment. This job advertisement describes the general nature and level of this position only. Essential functions and responsibilities may change as business needs require. This position may be with any affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers.


Bachelor's Degree - Business, Master's Degree - Business


1st Shift (United States of America)


C&S Wholesale Grocers, LLC

About Our Company

C&S Wholesale Grocers, LLC is an industry leader in supply chain solutions and wholesale grocery supply in the United States. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers of all sizes, supplying more than 7,500 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions with over 100,000 different products. C&S also proudly operates and supports corporate grocery stores and services independent franchisees under a chain-style model throughout the Midwest, South and Northeast. We are an engaged corporate citizen, supporting causes that positively impact our communities.

Working Safely is a Condition of Employment at C&S Wholesale Grocers, LLC. C&S Wholesale Grocers is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.