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Vacancy Details

Category Manager 1 Year FTC
East Midlands / Multi Retailer/ Ambient
13 Jan 2020
Home Based
Contract Type
Up to £55,000 + Car & Benefits

The Business

We are currently working with a branded and own label snack manufacturer in the East Midlands to appoint a Category Manager on a 1 year FTC basis. The company has family owned routes and keeps to these values today. 

The Role

The strategic management of product groups through trade retailer partnerships which aims to maximize sales and profit by satisfying consumer and shopper needs. Overall responsibility for the effective implementation of the category strategy to achieve brand and own label targets within specific accounts. Working with and supporting line manager on his/her accounts.

 Principal Activities  

  • Category reporting including 4-weekly market and sector reports for business use and circulation.
  • Maintain reporting suites for Named Account Data (NAD) including new product alerts, distribution changes and performance reporting.
  • Range and listings opportunity and threats reporting all year round.
  • Providing category insights from 4-weekly continuous data to support sales initiatives
  • Providing sourced category 1-pagers on brands for sales team use.
  • Monitoring rates of sale and distribution for brands versus competitors at SKU level along with producing the so what’s for the Impulse Sector team.
  • Driving category relationships, leading category management projects to optimise ranges and retailer merchandising for the Impulse Sector.
  • Identify and clearly define key category and customer issues and opportunities then generate the insights needed to resolve.
  • Own label gap analysis including store audits.
  • Lead audits on Major Multiples, Discounters, Convenience, Forecourts, Independents and C&C
  • Competitor activity monitoring by retailer and channels.
  • Effective and regular communication with brand marketing, national accounts/sales and NPD teams to ensure brand and own label objectives by account are met.
  • Average of 2 to 3 days per week in the office. Flexibility to attend off site meetings and work at other TGL sites. Must be able to flex and manage diary to accommodate meetings based in head offices, stores, other retailer’s venues and with National Accounts/Sales, or as required by line manager and function head.

The Individual 

  • Capable of developing strong working relationships with retailer buying, marketing and merchandising teams.
  • Retail account interface experience preferable.
  • Good interpersonal, communication, co-ordinating and persuasiveness skills.
  • Strong analytical understanding and interpretation.
  • Capability to run meetings.
  • Effective presentation capabilities.
  • Sound commercial awareness.
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