Category Manager - Electrical

Post Recruitment Ltd
From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
POST- are have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Category Manager within electrical appliances to join a rapidly expanding multi-channel retailer based in Harrogate.

Our client is either the sole distributor, or developer of all the products they sell and have ambitious plans to increase the proportion of products developed in-house to 50%.

Your primary responsibility will be for new product development, sourcing, supplier management and growth of the electrical category.

Ideally you’ll be an experienced Category Manager with experience of developing Small Domestic Appliances.

Above all, you’ll be passionate about electrical, you’ll live and breathe Small Domestic Appliances and will love reverse engineering new technology to see how it can be improved and developed.


  • Identify and introduce new product development and innovation into the category
  • Create, source and present new commercial products to the Operations Board
  • Through a range of development and buying efficiencies ensure that profitability is maximised
  • Brief and manage packaging development and approval by working closely with a specialist design team
  • Responsible for category growth, planning and range building
  • Maintain and develop supplier relationships through regular supplier communications
  • Identify new potential suppliers
  • Develop category supplementary products to maximise product sales opportunities
  • Deliver commercial, shelf ready products into the business in conjunction with agreed product test launch dates
  • Negotiate best possible product costs to maximise margin
  • Create and manage product and packing critical paths
  • Continuous competitor analysis, industry research and trend awareness reporting
  • Trade Fair and Industry Events attendance
  • Product Sourcing and development trips
  • Raising product costings and purchase PO’s
  • Arrange product photography sessions
  • Brief and approve all product marketing literature
  • Write content of Sales Sheets for external use
  • Ensure product content is accurate on our websites
  • Liaise with all selling departments to ensure teams are fully briefed on the product
  • Work with the broadcast and compliance teams to ensure the product is accurately represented and key selling messages briefed
  • Requirements:

  • At least 2 years experience as a category manager, product development manager or product engineer for a Small Domestic Appliances category.
  • A clear passion for Small Domestic Appliances. You’ll love reverse engineering new technology to see how it can be improved and developed.
  • Demonstrable commercial experience in Buying, Product Development and promotions.
  • Travel to the Far-East and US will form part of the role, so the desire and ability to travel internationally is essential.
  • The Package:

  • £35,000 to £45,000 basic salary.
  • Annual bonus.
  • 28 Days Holiday - increasing by 1 day each year.
  • Pension.
  • Free parking.
  • Subsidised gym membership.
  • Life cover.
  • Product discount.
  • The opportunity to travel to the Far East and the US.
  • If this excites you and you’d like to hear more, please call Alex at POST- Recruitment or apply now.

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