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Posted May 13th

Category Space Manager

Lenexa, Kansas

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Standard Beverage Corporation



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Posted May 13th

Category Space Manager

Lenexa, Kansas






Full Time

About The Position
Company Description
This is an exciting opportunity with an expanding company in Kansas.  Standard Beverage is a family-owned spirits, wine, and beer distributor with major offices in Wichita, Lawrence, and Lenexa, Kansas.  We employ more than 400 dedicated people and provide the most diverse portfolio of the industry’s top brands.  Standard Beverage has been delivering world class service to customers throughout the state of Kansas since 1949 and has since become the largest Kansas-owned alcohol distributor.  Our mission is very simple: to provide the best possible service to both our customers and supplier partners, while also providing an excellent working environment for our team members.  We’re a modern, dynamic, progressive beverage company, yet grounded with old-fashioned values including working hard, loyalty, and a genuine commitment to excellence.
Role Description
The primary responsibility of the Category Space Manager is designing and building a category management capability (people, processes, and systems).   The selected individual must be willing and passionate about leading this effort, and enthusiastically embrace a true “role up his/her sleeves” approach in actually doing work and “getting stuff done”.  
Essential Duties
·         Implement category management system (expect this to be the JDA Space Planning software platform).
·         Identify and implement appropriate processes to create and optimize well-functioning category management capability. 
·         Develop and analyze merchandise assortments that deliver overall category growth through a combination of internal merchandising tools coupled with retailer specified guidelines.
·         Analyze retail and market level data to develop planogram schematics.
·         Create relevant product assortments and optimal space planning that drive sales, while working closely with suppliers, key customers, and SBC team members.
·         Educate/train/mentor SBC team members on basic category management fundamentals, and where appropriate, suppliers and key customers.
·         Other responsibilities will include data cleansing, modular management, modular retrieval, reviewing retail and category management guidelines, etc.

·         Bachelor’s degree preferred, but relevant experience accepted.
·         Strong analytical experience.
·         Proficient in JDA Pro Space with 2+ years of hands-on experience.
·         CPG industry experience required with alcoholic beverage background preferred.
·         Ability to collaborate with a wide range of individuals with varying knowledge and communication styles. 
·         Strong oral and written communication skills, good judgment, and creativity.
·         Excellent time management and prioritization skills.
·         Must be a self-starter and be willing to take ownership of day-to-day responsibilities.
·         Must be adept at organizational skills and prioritizing activities.
·         Must be able to successfully coordinate multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
·         Must be willing to have a somewhat flexible schedule, with some late nights and weekends required during limited times of the year based on business needs.
·         Ability to work with autonomy as well as collaboratively with team members.
·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, and Excel. Access is a plus.

·         Valid Driver's License and maintain an acceptable driving record.
·         Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of employment to qualify for a Kansas ABC Sales License.
Standard Beverage Corporation is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity. Employment is decided based on qualifications, merit and business need. 
Lenexa, Kansas
Function Details
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