Category Development Manager

| Chicago
Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store. Our team is a unique mix of creators, chefs, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers and we’re growing quickly. Our customer-first mentality, combined with a zest for supporting our peers, helped us bring home Built in Chicago’sStartup of the Year Moxie award in 2017. If you’re ready to be part of the action, we’re ready to connect with you. There are no limits to where we can go together.
Home Chef is building a meal solutions destination within retail and the Category Development Manager has the exciting opportunity to develop the brand across a whole new set of product lines! This person will be responsible for identifying, prioritizing, analyzing and leading the development of these new products and product categories to build the Home Chef retail portfolio.

Category management

  • Implement category ‘test and learn’ initiatives - not just conceptualize solutions, but actually bring them to life
  • Oversee and track all steps of process -- concepts, planning, initiation, piloting, implementation, closure, including documenting steps and rationales
  • Work closely with and regularly respond to stakeholders (internal, Kroger and 3rd party vendors) on category development to ensure the needs of the project and stakeholders are being met 
  • Work with cross functional teams, in and outside the company, and prioritize stakeholder feedback as received 
  • Manage a portfolio of products and categories, with multiple initiatives in flight at any given time
  • Develop well-thought out, data driven solutions and answers to strategic questions and challenges

Data Analysis and Reporting

  • Work with Home Chef and Kroger data sources to understand elements of the business such as customer behavior, sales, and internal performance metrics 
  • Analyze results from ‘test and learn’ pilots and develop recommendations for future rollouts, product assortment, etc.
  • Build reporting tools to help synthesize and present data in accessible ways, such as dashboards or auto generated reports and emails 
  • Develop solutions to automate certain manual or repetitive processes

Strategy and Analytics Support for Retail Team

  • Drive step-change improvement across Retail department through collaborative data-based problem-solving to address broader strategy / planning / management needs

Qualifications:

  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.
  • Category, Program or Project Management
  • Developed prioritization and project management skills
  • Experience documenting processes, procedures, and rationales for projects and initiatives
  • Communication
  • Experience communicating initiatives and projects, with rationales for them, both via written and spoken channels
  • Able to present data driven analysis succinctly and clearly 
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Strong ownership mindset 
  • Proactive problem solver -- rather than just identifying a problem, figures out how to solve it -- what is needed, whose buy in is needed, and how to get i fixed
  • No-ego utility player who is comfortable presenting at senior staff meetings or helping a colleague debug a malfunctioning Google Sheets model
  • Willingness to eat everything
  • Thrives in an atmosphere of constant change and comfort with ambiguity
  • Analytics
  • Experience in data driven problem solving such as correlation analysis 
  • Understanding of basic statistical concepts such as standard deviation
  • Comfort working with large data sets, multiple data sources, and linking tab workbooks
  • Technical
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years program, category and/or project management experience
  • Familiarity with grocery, retail and / or meal kit industry

Perks/Benefits:
-Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first 
 order!
-Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day
-Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
-Generous paid time off (PTO) policy
-401k program
-Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses
-Free water taxi, discounted gym membership, and daily bike storage for Wrigley building employees
-Cold brew coffee on tap at no charge
-Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits
-Free lunch every Friday and snacks and beverages on hand every day
-Casual dress
Home Chef is an equal employment opportunity employer 

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Location

Located in the iconic Wrigley building, our location offers the best of the Loop and River North. Close to transportation, restaurants & shops.

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided

Additional Perks + Benefits

Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day. Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses. Free water taxi, discounted gym membership, and daily bike storage for Wrigley building employees. Cold brew coffee on tap at no charge (Wrigley office location). Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits. Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

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