Senior Category Manager in Lake Forest, IL at Reynolds Consumer Products

Date Posted: 6/17/2022

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Job Title: Senior Category Manager 

City: Lake Forest / State: Illinois                                                   

Job Description

Join Reynolds Consumer Products…a world of opportunities!  We are passionate about achieving results and have fun winning as a team! We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace environment in which individual differences are recognized, respected and appreciated.

At Reynolds Consumer Products, we provide amazing job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, dynamic, fast-paced, and fun workplace environment. Are you looking to build a strong career? Then we have an opportunity for you! We are searching for a Senior Category Manager to join our team.  Note, this role is Chicago-area based but candidates who live near a major metropolitan airport will be considered.

Your Role:

As a Senior Category Manager, you will be responsible for creating shopper insight driven category management solutions, developing strategy, and performing business analysis. 

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Advance Category Management leadership for multiple categories, across multiple retail partners and operate at the Category Advisor level in at least one category including access to internal sales data for the total category.
  • Analyze category trends, shopper insights, and brand level performance, utilizing POS, syndicated, panel, loyalty card data.
  • Act as category and competition subject matter expert for interfacing with internal headquarters business groups and provide fact based selling support for sales management.
  • Establish strong working relationships with retailer category managers, providing “category focused” analytical support as needed.
  • Provide retailer category management and internal management with weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly reports.
  • Utilize space management technologies by working with retailer category managers to develop optimum assortments and planograms for our categories.
  • Understand Shopper Insights and apply to category/ brand sales presentation providing thought and category leadership.
  • Provide training to sales and CM team members on all levels of category management topics including consumer dynamic data, syndicated data, market structure data and shopper insights data.

Ultimately, you will be responsible for using your expertise to determine the best financial system administration solutions for business issues. 

You will love it here if…

  • You are creative and are comfortable inventing and deriving new ways of doing business
  • You are a strong and visionary leader who likes to help other succeed
  • You are committed to excellence
  • You are a confident and entrepreneurial self-starter


We need you to have:

  • BA/BS degree in Business, Finance, or a related field
  • 7+ years of related professional category management and shopper insights experience within a CPG company
  • Extensive experience with category management processes, systems, internal protocols, etc.
  • Proficient in gathering, compiling and analyzing “data” which results in delivering actionable insights and “story telling”
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule during key business deadlines
  • Excellent capabilities in Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Some travel is required (20 – 30%) with ability to stay overnight periodic basis
  • Company car will be provided for frequent travel

Icing on the cake:

  • MBA or other advanced degree
  • Proficient in the use of system software such as planogram (Apollo, Prospace or Spaceman), syndicated data supplier tools such as IRI, Nielsen’s AOD, Spectra, Homescan, etc. as well as Richmix Assortment tool.
  • Team oriented with ability to work on high collaboration and performance teams

Want to know more? Check out our website or connect with us on LinkedIn!

Apply today to join a fast-growing innovative company!

            Not a good fit but know someone who is? Please refer them!

    Local candidates only, no relocation assistance available

For applicants or employees who are disabled, or require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, you may request assistance by emailing us at

No recruiter calls or emails please.



Reynolds Consumer Products is an Equal Opportunity Employer EEO AA M/F/Vet/Disability.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status or disability.

Reynolds Consumer Products is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO is The Law Poster:

The Pay Transparency Policy Statement can be found on this link:

The poster and the supplement can be found on this link.

For applicants or employees who are disabled, or require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, you may request assistance by emailing

No recruiter calls or emails please.