Assistant Brand/Category Manager-Cheese

Tillamook - Portland, OR3.1

Full-time
Assistant Category Manager

Come join the Tillamook Team where our philosophy is “Dairy Done Right.” As an independent farmer-owned cooperative, we have been guided by good, honest values since 1909. We believe in putting quality over profit, natural over artificial, and that hard work can never be outsmarted. We’re taking a stand for real food, because everyone deserves better.

About you:
What does real food mean to you? Is your favorite dish a cheesy casserole? Perhaps a decadent and indulgent ice cream? Either way, your identification with food is important to us. People who fit well here at Tillamook have a commitment to quality in everything they do. Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work and good, honest values.

About us:
Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work and good, honest values. We live by these shared values: We are Good Stewards, We believe in Uncompromising Quality, We work as One Team, We Play to Win, and We Genuinely Care for each other.

What you will do:
The Assistant Category Manager supports the Category Manager by helping lead the strategy for the Tillamook cheese category. This is a cross-functional role that requires excellent relationship building skills, presentations skills, and project management skills.

Here’s a day in the life:
Initiate research projects, working with Consumer Insights Manager to develop research scope, analysis information, and develop insights that drive strategic decisions on brands or products

Ensure product development projects are moving forward on schedule, from concept development to commercialization.

New product pricing, including data gathering, competitive analysis, margin analysis, and seeking necessary internal approvals

Lead discussion in cross-functional product meetings (Product Lifecycle Management)

Develop strategy briefs for new products, packaging, and communications.

Create sales and marketing materials, including sell sheets, presentations, and product samples

Support Category Manager with ad hoc projects, including sales and consumer data analysis, trend research, competitive profiling, distribution gap analysis, and more.

Demonstrate excellent oral and written communications skills

Work independently

Utilize MS Office applications, especially Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

Skills you’ll need:
Education:
Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience in a marketing capacity in food or beverage consumer packaged goods

Experience:
Hands on experience in analyzing and deriving insights from scan and panel data

Experience in working with cross-functional teams, serving as the primary communication hub for projects

An appreciation for real food

A solid understanding of how food manufacturers/marketers go to market through retail or foodservice channels

Evidence of excellence in academic and or professional achievement.

Industry leading benefit and reward programs:
We believe in offering extremely high-level, comprehensive benefit programs to our employees. For more information, please visit the careers page: www.tillamook.com/careers.

Fulltime position; wage is DOE.

Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) is a Drug-Free Workplace.

TCCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that abides by federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin; or their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. Moreover, TCCA abides by federal and state laws requiring TCCA to make affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.