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Interim Category Manager

Jarvis Johnson Ltd
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3 Aug 2021

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Our Client, a leading supplier of prepared foods is looking for an Interim Category Manager for their site based in Wiltshire. They are looking for someone with a real passion for food along with an excellent commercial acumen. Will also need the gravitas & personal impact to gain an immediate high level of credibility with both external & internal customers/colleagues with excellent stakeholder management playing a critical part in the success of the role.

The role will fall INSIDE IR35

Reporting to the Head of Marketing, key accountabilities for the role are to:

* Develop and deliver World Class category strategies to drive competitive advantage.

* Identify gaps in the market to deliver new and incremental growth opportunities through product development

* Manage the B2B roadmap/pipeline of NPD and quality improvements, working closely with the NPD team and leading the briefing of new products

* Become the category expert and first call for external & internal customers

* Align senior internal stakeholders on a unified vision and strategy for Category Management

* Represent your team in both internal & external high level meetings

* Develop a deep understanding of the competitive landscape across all B2B markets to feed into strategic direction

* Work closely with the wider marketing team to maximise the product range, performance, clarity of range & communications to our customers

* Drive cost efficiencies whilst improving product quality

* Be the ambassador of continuous improvement and innovation to deliver world class product ranges which create competitive advantage

* Oversee and develop Customer Tasting and Review Programme

* Develop competitive pricing strategies across our product ranges which are mutually beneficial maximising margin potentials to the business

* Support the business in related cross-functional projects

Required skills and experience include:

* Experience in one or more of the following:

* Commercial management

* Category Management

* Marketing

* First rate presentation & influencing skills

* FMCG, preferably Food experience, ideally in Foodservice/Healthcare/Care Homes/Nursery Catering

* Strong numerical & analysis skills - ideally will need a clear understanding of pricing strategy and margin protection

* Project management

* Degree or equivalent

* Consumer Research and Insight knowledge

The Company

* Established family owned food manufacturer

* Well respected leader in their sector

* Producing delicious, nutritious and sustainable products

* Supporting British food and farming with a focus on using the best ethical and sustainably sourced ingredients

The role offers a competitive daily rate and is likely to be for 2-3 months. Start date ASAP. Please note the role will fall INSIDE IR35.

If you have experience in a Category Management experience within Food Manufacturing and would like to be considered for this assignment then please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-C4546 with an updated CV, an indication of your current daily rate and your availability
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