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Category Manager

High Wycombe, UK
Closing date
25 Jan 2021

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Our clients are the proud guardians of over 130 years of baking experience that make up their iconic and much-loved brand. They produce bread and bakery products created with goodness at the heart of each. They deliver around 1.3million loaves, every day of the week throughout the UK and Ireland, where they also make Mothers Pride and Ormo products.

They are 2,800 people working within 8 bakeries, 1 flour mill, and 2 regional distribution centres across the UK. Their success is a result of the hard work of our people; they are experts in their field whether it's baking, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, or the many departments within the central functions team based in head office in High Wycombe. They are a values-led business and expect their colleagues to live, breathe, and embed Quality, Accountability, and Trust into their ways of working.

They're searching for a proactive and committed Category Manager ready to play a key role in the next chapter of their journey. Please see below for more detail.

Role Purpose:
  • To build strong, insight driven, category relationships with both internal & external customers. Enabling the execution of the Category Strategy and optimising the distribution & rate of sale of products.

Key Accountabilities:

Strategy & Planning
  • Embrace the Category Strategy and work with the Head of Category & Insight to embed with core customers.
  • Take a proactive approach with category planning and ensure plans are appropriately aligned with the commercial strategy.

Category Development
  • Lead the range review process with core grocery customers, taking a category thought leadership approach.
  • Develop category plans to optimise distribution and rate of sale.
  • Provide actionable recommendations based on category insight and implement retailer specific category plans and key projects.

Category Benchmarking
  • Lead the development of internal reporting tools to quickly identify category wide issues & opportunities and communicate them to relevant stakeholders within the business.
  • Track performance against KPIs and action detailed course correction measures

Coaching & Development
  • Support the commercial business apprentices and coach them in Category Management fundamentals.
  • Help to support a strong ethos of teamwork within the Category & Insight function.

Ad Hoc Projects
  • Lead retailer or internal projects as required. For example, 'minimising out of stocks' or 'maximising NPD launches'.
  • Proactively monitor the market and seek out commercial opportunities for the brand.

Essential role related knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience at selection:
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) with Category Management experience in a Blue Chip FMCG environment
  • In depth understanding of Shopper Insight, Category Management, Trade Marketing and Strategic Planning
  • A proven track record of building successful working relationships with FMCG retailers and delivering measurable changes in brand performance
  • Expert user of Nielsen/IRI EPOS & panel data, experience in using Dunnhumby data strongly preferred
  • Proven track record of working effectively as part of a team
  • Able to coach individuals in the fundamentals of Category Management

Location: High Wycombe

Type of role: Full Time, Permanent

Our clients understand the importance of looking after our colleagues, so they provide a variety of benefits in addition to their salaries. The benefits they provide are as varied as the people who receive them but they are offered with the intention of creating value to them personally over and above their salaries.
  • There is a range of colleague benefits available, which individuals can select based on their needs.
  • The benefits scheme offers a variety of savings and cashback offers on day to day living and much more including eyecare vouchers, and a healthcare scheme to suit everyone. It also includes a Cycle to Work scheme where you can obtain a brand new bike at a significant saving
  • They offer competitive annual leave entitlement and flexibility where possible in order to create a healthy work-life balance
  • They celebrate loyalty with our generous long service and colleague recognition schemes
  • They offer three levels of pensions

Our client values diversity and is committed to promoting equal opportunities in the workplace. Every job applicant, employee or worker will be treated fairly and equally with dignity and respect regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, social class, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, union membership, political opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic
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