Category Manager - Waitrose

22 Sep 2017
22 Oct 2017
Sarah Leisner
Business Sector
Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

Are you a Category Manager working in the chilled food industry?

We are recruiting for a Category Manager to work with our customer Waitrose.

This position could be based at either Manton Wood in Worksop or Park Royal in London.

This role offers a very competitive salary and a company car or car allowance.

As Category Manager you will become a trusted advisor, for our customer base, by following the category management process to utilise customer and consumer insight, strategic recommendations and action plans to improve category performance.

Main responsibilities
As Category Manager you will analyse and interpret category reports to generate actionable insight which will improve business and customer performance. You will utilise category insight from multiple data sources (internal company and retailer data, continuous data providers and broader market intelligence) to create strategies and plans which utilise the appropriate marketing mix to respond to the current category performance. You will present category recommendations to category peers within the customer organisation to influence their decision-making to adopt the strategies & plans and follow the retailers’ cycles of the category marketing process to ensure that all plans have been correctly assessed, approved and implemented. Other duties include managing the ongoing relationship with the customer to provide a single point of contact to ensure consistency of communication and working with commercial team to feed in category plans enabling joined up/aligned and meaningful customer plans to be created. You will build extensive networks across merchandising, supply chain, marketing, store ops etc to speed decision-making/action implementation and input into process (from insight) from identifying opportunities through to developing shopper-led selling stories. 

Ideal candidate

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and have experience of Food Manufacturing. You will understand retail environment/market place
and the principles and tools of category management and strategic management. 


You will have experience in a similar customer facing role with the ability to prepare and deliver a presentation. You will also be numerate with good analytical skills.

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