Category Development Manager - £multi-billion food manufacturer

08 Mar 2018
14 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Category Development Manager – Food Manufacturing

Location: Surrey

An exciting opportunity has arisen with our £multi-billion, blue-chip food manufacturing client who is looking to recruit a Category Development Manager reporting into the Head of Category. The successful candidate will work closely with the sales and marketing teams, assisting them in driving business growth strategies through the provision of key category analysis & insight, working specifically on top 4 multiple grocer accounts.

Key responsibilities:

·To become a true category expert owning insight, driving the category strategy, supporting budget delivery and NPD implementation

·To deliver the category strategy customised to retailers and continuously embed the category strategy within category projects, whenever appropriate

·To support NPD initiatives with category and customer centric thinking and parameters, representing both the Sales team and customer perspectives on NPD projects

To develop a strong category-based relationship with key grocery multiples by leading Category and Range review projects, including both brand & own label, developing optimum range, merchandising and promotional recommendations with the support of the Category teamTo unlock commercial growth opportunities for the category through the translation of market data into actionable insight and by developing unbiased category and range recommendations for our retailers·To review and analyse data with the view of understanding category performance and making category recommendations for internal purposes and for our customers


Minimum of 3 years working experience in the FMCG environment, preferably in the Chilled sectorMinimum of 3 years Category Management experience (including Dunnhumby)Degree level or equivalentMust be able to demonstrate strong analytical skills and within experience demonstrate knowledge of shopper, category or customer insightProficiency using key software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)Attention to detailGood verbal and written communication skillsDemonstrated ability to interact effectively with people at different levelsThis position will give the successful individual a unique opportunity to help shape the future direction of the customer relationship, and will open up fast, exciting career development prospects.

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