Senior Category Manager / Category Buying Manager

Wallace Hind Selection
08 Feb 2017
08 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Fast track opportunity to a leadership position. We’re looking for a Senior Category Manager / Category Buying Manager who is looking for fast track career development into a leadership role. The position offers the support of a blue chip company coupled with the opportunity to be autonomous and pro-active with little red tape.

SALARY: £45,000 - £60,000

BENEFITS: Car, Bonus, Large Company Benefits.

LOCATION: Coventry

This understated, but highly successful blue chip company require a talented Category Manager / Buying Manager with a successful background in buying or category management to help grow and develop this highly anticipated product range to the UK market.

JOB SPECIFICATION: Senior Category Manager / Category Buying Manager
Reporting to the Category and Product Development Director, you will be the commercial leader in understanding what makes this first of a kind product portfolio tick within its channel. The role requires a first class communicator to manage numerous stakeholders. You will be responsible but not restricted to the following tasks:-

* Responsible for the strategic & tactical plans for the entire product and category strategy.
* Devise compelling category strategies for both branded and Own Label ranges in line with the customer need.
* Manage the category process from cradle to grave. I.e. Source, Buy, Launch.
* Work with procurement teams and buying teams to seek out product deals.
* Manage internal and external relationships, including supplier base to deliver initiatives.
* Create and deliver budgets, including forecasting and re-forecasting.
* Range selections, including gap analysis, margin mix, shopper lead merchandising and customer insight.
* Identify relevant NPD and ensure the range is ahead of the market curve.
* Development with Own Brand buyer product/product ranges to drive customer loyalty and profitability.
* Run tactical/short term plans, including monthly promotional offers, POS briefs and PR campaigns.
* Monitor of pricing, stock and competitor activity.
* Management of a small team.


* Excellent presentation skills - written and verbal.
* Superb influencing skills at all levels.
* In depth knowledge of brand and category development techniques.
* Proven track record in delivery of sales, profit & margin and all relevant commercial and marketing KPI’s.
* Sound knowledge of the development of new products and brands.
* Commercial Marketing experience in or around the retail space.
* Experience of working in fast & changing & reactive markets.
* Proven track record in turning brand activity and insight into positive business results.
* Proven track record in 'end to end’ category, product or “brands” development (strategy, planning, implementation and review).

REQUIREMENTS: Senior Category Manager / Category Buying Manager
Experience of working in a competitive trade environment whether it be retail trade or B2B where your commercialism and approach will be rewarded with autonomy and career progression.


A fast track role to leadership within the wider business.

COMPANY PROFILE: Senior Category Manager / Category Buying Manager

The business have a growing retail portfolio and are looking to recruit a Category Buyer / Category Marketing / Retail Product Manager who in the first instance will steady the ship and develop first class commercial relationships. The successful candidate will be from either a retail, trade, manufacturing or wholesale background.

It is likely the successful candidate will have held any one of the following roles and work (not exclusively) within the following market arenas: Category Manager, Buying Manager, Category Marketing Manager, Product Marketing Manager, Category Buying Manager, Category Buyer.

INTERESTED? Please apply to our consultant Philip Monkman quoting Senior Category Manager / Category Buying Manager reference PM1701-71 to DD: +44 (0) Wallace Hind Selection. The Old Vicarage. Duston. Northants. NN5 6JB. Tel: +44 (0) . Please note that the postcodes used for this vacancy are for searching purposes only, they may not refer exactly to where the role is based.