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VP Category Management

Date:  Aug 6, 2022

Chicago, IL, US

Requisition ID: 21525 

A Career in Beer and Beyond: 

Our purpose at Molson Coors Beverage Company is to brew beverages that unite people to celebrate all life’s moments. We have been brewing iconic brands for over 350 years and are now proud to be offering a modern portfolio that expands beyond the beer aisle.   


We are Talent Brewers with our culture rooted in our core Values. We believe in our brands and our people, and that diversity WITH inclusion is the key to a winning team culture. We want you to join our team of brand ambassadors who believe the world is full of untapped opportunities. So, if you get excited about making a real difference as part of a winning team like we do, we want to hear from you.  


The Headlines:   

In the role of VP Category Management working in Chicago, IL you will be part of the Commercial Center of Excellence Leadership Team. You will be responsible for leading the development and execution of Purpose Drives Purchase, our category management strategy at Molson Coors. This includes leading with analytics and insights to create tools and solutions for our national and regional account teams, advancing our space & assortment strategy via best-in-class execution of retail planograms, and acting as category advisor and strategist to key retailers via our retailer category captaincies.


This position reports to the Chief Customer Solutions Officer and works closely with various key stakeholders across our Sales business.


The Responsibilities: 

  • Most importantly, you will lead a team of ~90 talented colleagues and support their growth and development through career discussions and consistent one on one conversations.
  • Category Solutions: You will lead the advancement of our company category management strategy by building collaborative partnerships with key retail buyers and Molson Coors retail teams to create solutions that advance the category in space & assortment, feature and promotion, category insights and in-store merchandising. You will create and deploy a learning and development plan for all company category management resources that establishes Molson Coors as first choice with our retail customers.
  • Retail Merchandising: Lead a team of ~75 merchandising specialists and analysts that partner with retailers to develop retail planograms. You will also work collaboratively with regional and national sales teams to bring data, analytics, and category insights to optimize space & assortment strategies. From there, you will convert those strategies to requirements and develop retailer planograms for the beer category that are executed by our distributors.
  • Category Advisor: This position is a highly visible category advisor for Walmart, leading a direct team that supports the Walmart buying team with category and segment insights that advance the Beer category in store and online. This includes relationship management with the Walmart leadership as well as leadership of an ~11-person team of category managers and retail merchandising specialists.


The Other Qualifications:  

  • You are an authentic leader who exhibits our core values. You value and respect differences and believe diversity with inclusion is the key to collaboration and a winning team culture
  • You have a bachelor’s degree in business or analytics OR equivalent experience (12+ years) in the field of progressive sales, category management, or consumer & shopper insights
  • You have prior experience in a sales role influencing category buyers at key customers
  • You have prior experience analyzing syndicated and custom data sources to identify key insights
  • You have prior experience creating sell stories that influence senior audiences
  • You can create solutions that advance all pillars of category management (space & assortment, feature and promotion, category insights, in-store merchandising)
  • You can translate strategy in action plans and tools
  • You have a strong understanding of category pricing disciplines, margin, and mix management
  • You build relationships in a matrixed environment and collaborate to get to the desired outcome 
  • You take accountability for results – acting with integrity and honoring commitments  


Work Perks that You Need to Know About:  

  • Flexible work programs that support work life balance including a hybrid work model of 3 days in the office
  • We care about our People and Planet and have challenged ourselves with stretch goals around our key priorities  
  • We care about our communities, and play our part to make a difference – from charitable donations to hitting the streets together to build parks, giving back to the community is part of our culture and who we are 
  • Engagement with a variety of Employee Resource Groups, which can provide volunteer opportunities, leadership experience, and networking through the organization 
  • Ability to grow and develop your career centered around our First Choice Learning opportunities
  • Participation in our Total Rewards program with a competitive base salary, incentive plans, parental leave, health, dental, vision, 401k option with incredible employer match, generous paid time off plans, an engaging Wellness Program, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with amazing resources
  • On site Pub, access to cool brand clothing and swag, top events and, of course... free beer and beverages! 
  • Work within a fast paced and innovative company, meeting passionate colleagues and partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences  


At Molson Coors, the health and safety of our people is our number one priority. That’s why all offers of employment in the U.S. where legally permitted are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid 19 (currently one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) to pass the pre-employment requirements. Individuals with medical issues or religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.


At Molson Coors we seek diversity. Differing perspectives lead to challenging the expected, which keeps new ideas bubbling up. We’re an equal opportunity employer and invite applications from candidates from all backgrounds, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic. We take pride in celebrating our unique brew.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago