Category Manager (World Food)
Category Manager (World Food) - County Antrim. Summary: The Category Manager will be part of the Merchandising Category Team. They will be responsible for developing, delivering and refining a category plan that supports the category role and delivers the company's stated financial budgets (e.g. range management including NPD, promotions, cross-sell, direct to customer & pricing). They will also deliver excellent category insights of total performance vs LY & budget. Key Accountabilities: • Using customer, market & supplier insights and category performance analysis to lead the wider merchandising team to create a category strategy to meet in-year sales & cash margin targets, in line with the specific category role. • Review & analyse category performance, turn insights into actions with vendors by executing, analysing, and evaluating category plans. • Create, develop & deliver monthly category updates. • Devise long-term development strategies for product category. • Set direction and guidance for product specifications and requirements for the customer base. • Determine market needs/gaps & create strategy for new growth. • Completely own & deliver all in year deliverables, including range plan & NPD (within a SKU count budget), promotions, direct to customer activity, cross-sell & intelligent pricing recommendations. • Support delivery of strategic priorities, as driven by Merchandising Manager & Director. • Develop strategic supplier business plans with category partner suppliers, to drive growth and support margin investment opportunities. • Manage customer facing element of product data and all product customer pitch information. • Manage own brand packaging plan. • Work with global sourcing, legal & merchandising teams to negotiate terms with vendors. Interested applicants should have: • Ideally a third-level degree in a Business / Procurement / Food related discipline. • High level of commercial expertise with at least 3-5 years' relevant commercial procurement experience within the World Food market. • Previous World Food product knowledge. • Proven World Food sourcing experience and in-depth knowledge of the World Food market. • Results-based with a demonstrated track record of applying financial, commercial or procurement skills to a range of business-related objectives, such as delivering cost savings or enhancing the quality of services provided to businesses. • A proactive approach to problem solving and issue resolution. • Experience using consumer insights, competitive assessment, pricing, promotional planning and financial analysis. • Excellent PC and Microsoft Office skills including Excel to intermediate-advanced level is a minimum requirement. • Advanced PowerPoint and experience presenting to large audiences. • Full clean driving license. • The role will involve some travel, so a degree of flexibility is required. It is desirable, but not essential, to have: • Professional qualification in Category Management or Merchandising. • Fluency in Mandarin or Cantonese.
47 days ago