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Category Analyst

DSD Partners Woonsocket ,RI
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $50,000 to $65,000 Yearly
  • Full-Time
Job Description

DSD Partners

DSD Partners is an innovative software solutions provider focusing on bridging the gap between retailers, manufacturers and distributors. DSD Partners works with some of the most well-known food and beverage manufacturers, distributors, and dairies in developing and managing programs for retailers nationwide. A key element of our success is the detailed service that we provide to thousands of retail stores. Our suite of tools delivers a standardized platform for retailers and vendors that bolsters communication and service within the DSD (Direct Store Delivery) Industry. DSD Partners accomplishes this through efficient and timely service communications and evaluating service quality. It is through the sales growth and improved service visibility that we have gained significant traction using our trademark “Technology with a Human Touch.”

Our associates join DSD Partners to learn, serve, and be part of an environment that rewards performance and innovation while providing opportunities to personally excel and grow. We work closely as a team, respect each other as professionals, and move decisively on meeting the needs of our partners. Honor and integrity are hallmarks of our team.

The Opportunity: Category Analyst

The Category Analyst will be responsible for supporting category buyers at corporate and regional levels as well as distribution partners. The Category Analyst will provide customers with analysis and insights based on various data points including sales data, deliveries, market trends, pricing and several others. They will establish benchmark reports to track and understand continuing business and strategies. As a resource to the customer, some of the Category Analyst responsibilities include analysis, insights and business strategies to improve category and brand performance, standardized and ad hoc reports, administration functions, create and maintain schematics and item lists. The Category Analyst will interact with top level corporate and distribution management on an everyday basis.


  • Work on site with a major retail partner to maintain company relations, assist in retailer category management, and achieve desired sales/operational expectations
  • Responsible for category insights, analysis, dashboards, and support to the retailer with an emphasis on Food/Beverage/DSD products
  • Interface between company/employer, retailer, and distributor network to develop/maintain/enhance current and future business and revenue sources
  • Build and maintain ongoing rapport with key retailer/network distributor contacts
  • Organize and develop recurring analysis such as annual, year to date, quarterly, monthly and weekly sales reports, including space/product rationalization analysis and zero scan reports
  • Interface with buyers/customer service support team and coordinate retailer, distributor, and consumer issues and resolutions
  • Assist retail partner in everyday operational tasks, including but not limited to, standardized and ad hoc reports, phone surveys, field support, correcting scan issues, interacting with distribution partners
  • Schematic creation while using space/product rationalization
  • New item set up, item maintenance, promo/TPR set up, zone alignments, maintain/update item list and store list


  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree (Business preferred)
  • 3+ Years of sales analyst experience
  • Retail and/or food/beverage experience (preferred)
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel reporting tools is a must
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Experience with schematic creation (preferred)
  • Experience with MicroStrategy (preferred)


  • Superior analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and able to efficiently manage time and tasks without supervision
  • Planning and process oriented
  • Ability to drive meetings with customers
  • Leadership skills and ability to work with peers on group projects
  • Availability to travel on average of 1x /Quarterly

Work Environment:

  • Primarily sedentary office classification
  • Must be able to look at a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Moderate noise level
  • Controlled temperature
  • Daily interaction with customers and retailer corporate team
  • Occasional exposure to irate customers when working in Customer Service
  • Finger dexterity needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, and to operate standard office equipment
  • Occasionally bends, stoops, reaches, pushes and pulls drawers to retrieve and file information and lifts and carries reports that may typically weigh less than 20 lbs.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. EOE

DSD Partners


Woonsocket, RI

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