Category Development Lead

West Malling, Kent
21 Jun 2018
19 Jul 2018
Business Sector
Non Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

Category Development Lead

Job Description
Category Development Lead

Full Time
Location: Kings Hill, Kent, United Kingdom

Kings Hill – Just 15 minutes from the M25 and voted 9th in The Telegraph’s Britain's top 20 places to raise a family

Closing Date:   4th July 2018

Employees are our most valued resource and are at the centre of everything we do. Their talent, diversity and commitment are crucial to our innovation and success.

We recruit great people. Our trusted brands such as Andrex® (one of the UK's strongest consumer brands) Kleenex®, Scott®, Huggies®, Pull-Ups®, Kotex®, Poise® and Depend® are an indispensable part of life for nearly one-quarter of the world's population so to maintain the trust of our customers and pioneer new products, we seek people who share our passion for excellence, teamwork and original thinking.

As a global organisation we are able to offer exceptional career development opportunities all around the world and as such we are now seeking a Category Development Lead to work within our UK based Commercial Team.

As a member of the UK Category Leadership Team, you will own the development of the Category Strategy and Vision for your allocated categories and be responsible for leading a team of Category Managers to execute this with our customers.    

We are a premium branded FMCG business and this high profile team leadership job offers an exciting career opportunity for someone who is looking for a role in which they can make a real impact.

Developing and maintaining best practice processes for Category Strategy, you will be responsible for delivering market relevant strategies to achieve growth for the specified category and K-C Brands.   You will also be responsible for engaging with retailers, influencing them to adhere to our principles to deliver category growth and for bringing outside expertise in to enhance team capabilities and ensure K-C practices are the best in the market.

As someone who has direct leadership responsibility for a team of Category Development Managers, you will be experienced in facilitating a standardised approach across categories and owning coaching and development responsibilities for the team.

Duties & Responsibilities
* To own the development and maintainence of a rolling three year Category Vision and Drivers, including merchandising blueprint, so that output is relevant in current category dynamics and is based on shopper insight with a check and adjust process as required.
* To develop and agree internally and execute externally, a two-year category plan for specified customers which reflects the commercial strategy so that customer and marketing teams can operate in alignment with the plan.
* To provide functional leadership and development to the CDM’s responsible for the delivery of the individual category strategies.
* To provide market analysis for Budget process, and own the development of category growth projections and brand shares by customer so that Budget assumptions are based on latest category information.
* To monitor, evaluate & communicate changes in category, customer dynamics and competitor activities
* To recommend actions to address issues and opportunities affecting the category and/or KC brands both internally and through influencing retail partners
* To provide category specific analysis as requested in order that NPD plans/projects take customers and shoppers into account resulting in maximizing launch and product success.

The Individual
We seek a pro-active, confident, highly collaborative and numerate individual who can successfully build business relationships, present recommendations in an influential and persuasive manner and develop others’ talent. Candidates will be educated to degree level and ideally possess a sales/marketing or business focussed degree. Strong numerical, analytical and communication skills are essential as is the ability to use these skills in a high pressured environment.

This role is available for local candidates already authorised to work in the roles country only. Kimberly-Clark will not provide relocation for this role.

Extensive experience in a category role or closely related field. Experience working within UK FMCG market would be an advantage.
* Demonstrated ability to influence behaviours cross-functionally and at all business levels is essential
* Experience of successfully creating and maintaining business relationships is essential
* Experience of persuasively presenting strategic recommendations is essential
* A proven track record of delivering business results essential
* Strong Influencing and leadership skills
* Results oriented
* Innovative solution development and problem solving
* Self-motivated and assertive with internal and external contacts
* Ability to work effectively in a matrix organization

Come join us!

At Kimberly-Clark UK, we know how hard our employees work and the contributions they make to our business. As such we offer attractive packages that not only include some fantastic benefits such as performance related bonus, contributory pension scheme with life assurance, private healthcare, 25 days' annual holiday but also a flexible benefits scheme that allows you to tailor your choices to suit your needs (share scheme, dental insurance, gym membership, cycle to work, childcare vouchers, dining cards and health screening are just some to mention).

Kimberly Clark is a premium branded FMCG.   We were voted one of the Bloomberg Best UK Employers 2016 because of our family friendly ethos with agile working hours and in some sites we even have half day Friday’s in the summer months and on site fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and Zumba!!

Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this!

If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark.

Our modern Kings Hill office is just 15 minutes from the M25 with free onsite parking and plenty of local amenities including orchards for running and cycling, onsite showers, a variety of social and sporting clubs and an onsite subsidised restaurant which is exclusive to KC staff.

The legal bit!
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this role. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

Kimberly-Clark is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

KC is a sponsor of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation Good Recruitment Campaign

Please note that this role will remain advertised internally until an offer of employment has been made.


Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:
This role is available for local candidates already authorised to work in the roles country only. Kimberly-Clark will not provide relocation for this role.

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