About the Role
Are you passionate about building in depth knowledge of a product category and driving forward the growth of this category so that it exceeds performance targets?
The Category Manager reports to the Senior Category Manager and these are the key areas of responsibility:
To strengthen existing, and establish new, retailer relationships in our product categories, with the aim of moving Refresco Drinks UK towards 'indispensable partner' status with the aim of driving supplier, category & customer growth;
To attend off-site visits with retailer customers;
To act as a partner to the wider internal Commercial team by providing category and customer insight that helps shape strategies & tactics, including external / internal information strategy;
To identify & clearly define the key category risks and suggest solutions;
To deliver monthly reports using data for internal and external stakeholders;
To work closely with external continuous data providers to ensure that their databases are coded correctly and maintained;
To keep up to date with new data services and make recommendations;
Conduct monthly store visits in order to collate key market insight including merchandising changes and new products;
Maintain photographic images of the category fixtures and products for each key customer;
Contribute/take responsibility for specific new product development / Category projects ;
Support line manager in continuing to raise profile of Category function within Refresco Beverages.
You will be a category manager or an experienced category analyst ready for that step up. The role requires experience working in an FMCG or Manufacturing (Food & Drinks Manufacturing will be a definite advantage) environment, in a product category team. Knowledge and experience of the category management process is required, and you will need to demonstrate a good track record of achievements in growing a category for which you have been responsible.
A degree holder is preferred in a business related discipline.
The role requires excellent presentation skills , strong computer literacy and strong analytical skills. In addition excellent listening and communication is essential as the Category Manager liaises with our key customers on a daily basis.
Our drinks on every table. That's our vision. So, yes, it's safe to say we're ambitious. We're thirsty for more, constantly looking to the future. To new products, new services, new markets, new customers. Through our people applying our core values of ‘Responsible’, ‘Entrepreneurial’, ‘Excellent’, ‘Market Driven’ and ‘Innovative’ we have grown substantially since 1999 and we will continue to be successful.
In the UK, the Refresco headquarters are based in Kegworth, Derbyshire, and we employ 1800 people across 6 sites (Bridgwater, Kegworth, Nelson, Bondgate, Wrexham & Macduff). We work with all the leading UK retailers including Tesco, ASDA, Morrison's, Sainsbury, ALDI and Lidl to produce their private labels and with branded customers such as Innocent, Ocean Spray, Weetabix, Del Monte and Um Bongo. We have packaging capability in Cartons, PET, Aseptic PET and Cans.
Our head office is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Refresco is the world’s largest independent bottler soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and branded customers. With production in Europe, North America and Mexico our global sourcing and local R&D capabilities offer an almost unlimited variety of products, manufactured to customer specifications and requirements.
Refresco offers an extensive range of product and packaging combinations from 100% fruit juices, vegetable juices, nectars, water and water +, carbonated soft drinks, energy and sports drinks, seasonal and speciality drinks and ready to drink tea, in carton, PET, Aseptic PET, cans and glass packaging.
In addition to the efficiency of our bottling processes, we can also provide our customers with total supply chain solutions – from planning and sourcing of raw materials and packaging through to warehousing and transportation.
We are able to develop new concepts and bring these to market in an extremely short time frame.
Refresco operates in Europe & North America:
12 billion litres
3.6 billion Euros revenue ($US 4 billion) - 2016
345 m Euros profit ($US 382 million) – 2016
59 production facilities
Salary & Benefits
The salary for this role is circa £45,000 per annum dependent on experience and qualifications. We also offer an annual bonus incentive and a good company pension scheme.
Car allowance and Private Family healthcare is also provided.