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Category Manager

Pleasanton, California

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At Schwan’s Company, we are a fast-paced, innovative team, focused on bringing delicious foods to our customers. If you’re passionate about food and creating a successful future, this is the place for you. Based in Minnesota, Schwan’s is a national, multibillion-dollar company that manufactures and markets quality foods through retail-grocery and food-service channels. Its many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony's® and Freschetta® pizza, Mrs. Smith's® and Edwards® desserts, Pagoda® Asian-style snacks. To learn more about Schwan's, visit 

Position Mission 
  • Achieve “Trusted Advisor” status at a key customer, Albertsons / Safeway, through measurable category improvement
  • Expand Schwan’s core brands across geographies and channels 

Schwan's is hiring a Category Manager, to be based either in Bloomington, MN or home based in the West territory (Northern or Southern California, Seattle or Portland).    In this customer-facing role, you will function as an expert in the frozen pizza, frozen desserts, and/or frozen snacks category. As part of the home office insights center of excellence, every day will bring a variety of opportunities for your thought leadership. Your critical thinking skills will grow as you build strategic rationales using your objective Consumer – and Shopper-centric analytics. Your influence will be based on factual insights which will help drive profitable growth for retailers and for Schwan’s.  Your primary client will be Albertsons/ Safeway as well as some additional regional clients.


Develop customer-facing category presentations complete with actionable recommendations

    • Incorporating multiple data sources
    • Integrating custom shopper research
    • Market and industry trends
    • Competitive review
    • Promotion Analysis 
    • Pricing Analysis
    • Seasonality review 

Present consumer, shopper and category insights in a comfortable, positive, influential manner

Influence retailers and internal partners around optimal assortment (rationality, space-to-sales, retailer differentiation strategy, shopper affinity, etc.)

Provide business situation assessment that is leveraged in joint business plan development with key stakeholders

Track and deliver weekly/monthly retailer category performance scorecards

Ensure retailer’s category strategies are appropriately communicated internally (Upstream/downstream)

Cultivate multiple internal and external relationships across the retailer and within the Schwan’s organization

Some travel (20%)


Education: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent; MBA preferred

Years of Related Experience: Minimum 5 years related experience encompassing both category management and shopper insights functional roles (CPG Preferred).  2+ years planning and executing modular relays on Advisory team


High level of experience in generating, interpreting and analyzing syndicated data: (Nielsen/IRI, retailer and shopper data) and secondary data to build actionable insights and recommendations


Experience with retailer POS data necessary; shopper/loyalty card data desired


Experienced with volume decomposition methodology


Excellent with Excel and PowerPoint


High proficiency with space planning / planogram software (either JDA or Apollo)


Experience working directly with Albertsons/ Safeway a plus!


The employing subsidiaries of Schwan's Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.

Job Type: Exempt Business Unit: Schwan's Consumer Brands, Inc. Req #: 19009914

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