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Category Management Analyst II (Hybrid)


McCormick Canada continues its long track record of growth and is a respected leader in the spice, seasoning, flavouring and specialty food industry.  Our consumer products division serves retail grocery customers and emerging channels with Club House, Billy Bee and McCormick products, while our Custom Flavour Solutions division serves food service distributors and other respected food manufacturers across Canada.  McCormick Canada is part of the world leader in spice and seasonings, McCormick & Company Inc.


The Power of People is one of our five pillars.  It has been the foundation for McCormick's success for decades.  There is something inspiring about working at McCormick.  We have created an unusually dedicated workforce by fostering a culture of respect, recognition, inclusion and collaboration based on the highest ethical values.  Without our employees, our success is not possible.  Our commitment to our customers, our consumers and our employees is unsurpassed. 

McCormick Canada is currently looking to hire a Category Analyst II to join our Canadian team. This role is part of the Sales Planning & Insights team and based out of the Mississauga, ON office. The Category Analyst II is within our Category Management pillar which contributes to McCormick acting as a thought leader to our sales and customer partners by supporting the development and execution of national, regional and customer strategies in the areas of assortment and space optimization, pricing and promotions, and merchandising solutions through high expertise of our retail landscape, categories, shoppers, and consumers.


This role is a resource to providing in-depth analysis to determine category strategies and opportunities. This includes assisting the category management team in the development and execution of category and brand growth stories, category reviews, shelving and modular plans, providing market insights through the collection of relevant local and national market trends and shopper research techniques. This position supports the broader Category Management team in all functions of the category management process.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Understanding of industry, category, shopper, and consumer trends and translating those insights into actionable strategic business recommendations to achieve both McCormick and customer goals and objectives.
  • Lead providing analysis and recommendations into forming our national and regional category strategies and priorities across assortment, merchandising, and pricing all aimed to maximize category and McCormick performance. This includes input into our category merchandising strategies and optimized assortment to support setting national best in class planograms and merchandising solutions.
  • Form strategic product priority rankings leveraging various performance and strategic inputs. This area will require engaging with cross functional partners across Sales Planning, Marketing, Finance, Sales and external partners.
  • Support business performance reporting and tracking including providing detailed insights against key performance drivers across the marketplace, category, brand, and shopper along with identifying key causals and areas of opportunities and risks.
  • Responsible for Planogram development on customer specific projects while leveraging merchandising strategies and addressing category opportunities to optimize assortment and placement for the customer and McCormick. This includes engaging with internal and external teams on category presentations to gain alignment to recommendations.
  • Contribute to McCormick elevating our thought leadership from forming and sharing insight presentations and materials with internal and external partners. This includes supporting the Category Management team in the completion of in-depth category reviews.
  • Leadership over Nielsen Database Management to ensure key analytical database are accurate and provide recommendations into hierarchy or database structure opportunities to improve user experience and business decisions


Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required with an emphasis on Business is preferred
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, with an acceptable driving record
  • 2+ years of branded CPG industry experience preferably in Sales
  • Strong analytical skills and understanding of key category performance drivers and measurements
  • Experience analyzing POS and shopper data across various platforms with strong working knowledge of Nielsen, IRI, Kantar, etc.
  • Ability to analyze data to form business insights and recommendations
  • Strong understanding of customer databases including LDIA, IRI, Dunhumby, and RetailLink
  • Planogram Experience including knowledge of JDA Software
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft 360, especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships and work in a team environment with cross functional partners including: Sales Account Management, Sales Planning & Insights Team, Marketing, and Revenue Management
  • Must be self-motivated, possess excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation skills) and organization skills, and interact effectively with all levels within the organization.




McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Throughout the selection process, accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request.  Please notify H.R. if required.





United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.