Category Controller WH Smith
About The Role
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Category Controller to join our Category Management team on the WH Smith High Street account.
The successful candidate will mix the science of data analysis and the art of display planning.
Supporting the Customer and Product Manager your main focus of responsibility will be analysis of item and module level performance, leading to recommendations for, and the creation of exceptional greeting card displays. You will be a direct contact for the Customer, and will have regular interaction and dialogue with the Buyer. For the right candidate, there are distinct opportunities for autonomy within the role.
Along with regular, close communication with a wide range of internal departments, the role involves a wide range of activities and responsibilities. The key elements being:
Analysis and interpretation of performance data to make recommendations for displays to the Customer
Project management of the display builds
Strict adherence to critical date paths
Working closely with Product Development, Product Marketing, Business Information teams & third party suppliers in order to make recommendations to ensure the account receives the most appropriate product ranges
Regular communication with the Sales Manager, CDS, Customer Operations and Brokered Admin on the needs of the account
Collation of samples and product information for display set up
Competitive and product trend analysis
For this exciting and challenging role we are seeking a highly motivated individual with strong analytical and communication skills, a keen eye for detail and advanced Excel skills. The role is a true mix of both science and art, so candidates will also ideally possess a creative flair and past experience in display planning. A flexible approach, along with the ability to work under pressure and adapt to changing priorities, in order to meet strict deadlines in a demanding environment, are an absolute must.
About The Company
We create greeting cards, gift dressings and social expressions products for big events, special occasions and those “saw-this-and-thought-of-you” moments of life. We’re the largest direct to retail publisher, so you’ll find our products just about everywhere!
We’re one of the largest direct to retail publisher of greeting cards and social expression products in the UK, so you’ll find our products in most high street specialists, independent retailers and major supermarkets.
Along with our sister Company John Sands, we’re part of the American Greetings family, the largest privately owned greeting card publisher in the world.