Category Manager - retail

Artis Procurement, Purchasing and Supply Chain
West Wickham
08 May 2019
21 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Category Manager
South West
£55-80k + bonus + benefits (DOE)
*relocation assistance provided*

My client is well known retailer looking to recruit a Category Manager to join a busy Buying / Commercial team. The role will lead the category to deliver a market leading range of products, growing sales and margin through range optimisation. You will be required to have a very hands on approach to sourcing, selection, growth etc.

Regularly reviewing the category, you will gain a strong understanding of customer needs in order to build and optimise a range, coupled with promotional plans, to deliver increased sales and margin. Understanding key market trends, you'll identify areas of development for an own brand range.

Strong negotiation skills required coupled with excellent supplier management techniques all leading to the most effective sourcing route. You will implement pricing, promotional and ranging strategies holding full accountability for margin achievement.

As Category Manager you will develop market and customer insight as well as competitor intelligence, to support business growth. Working closely with suppliers to negotiate and manage pricing, rebates and other trading terms to ensure sales and margins are achieved. You will look to identify new sources of supply to improve margin and trading terms.

*Proven product category management experience
*Strong commercial acumen coupled with excellent supplier and stakeholder management
*Ability to develop excellent market and consumer trend knowledge
*Far East sourcing experience
*Strong negotiation skills
*Analytical and numerate to manage ranges accordingly as well as costs and budgets

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