Category Manager - Retail

Recruiter
Haywood Knight
Location
Luton, Cambridge, Bedford, Colchester
Salary
£35000 - £40000/annum
Posted
11 Jun 2017
Closes
10 Jul 2017
Sector
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are looking for a Category Manager to join our client within the retail sector. You will be responsible for the pricing and overall promotion of a product category to maximize consumer appeal.Supporting the head of buying in the development, application & organisation of category strategy to ensure customer focused product ranges including new brand and product development.The goal is to increase sales and profitability of business to drive sustainable growth.Responsibilities
* Analyse data or insights to determine industry and consumer trends* Determine Sourcing strategy & strategically manage all supplier relationships ensuring most competitive cost pricing.* Identify opportunities for Far East sourcing of own-branded products by regularly assessing best sellers and market leading products.* Accountable for marketing products within category to take full advantage of sales and deliver category objectives including a co-ordinated promotional calendar to maximise opportunities for category growth.* Attend trade shows & visit suppliers* Devise long-term development strategies for product categories* Determine the positioning of a product category to maximize visibility* Liaise with marketing teams to determine competitive pricing and promotional activities of a product category* Collaborate with buyers and merchandisers to expand product categories* Make forecasts for product demand to ensure the sustainability of inventory* Assume responsibility of budget development and revenue for category
Requirements
* Proven experience as category manager or similar role* Solid knowledge of category management, marketing and sales principles* Understanding of data analysis and forecasting methods* Experience of sourcing* To have a strong retail background.* Proficient in MS Office* An analytical mind with a strategic ability* Excellent communication and people skills