Category Manager x2

£41,000 pa
06 Sep 2018
23 Sep 2018
Business Sector
Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

Category Manager x2

£41,000 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC69782


We have exciting and ambitious plans for our future. We’re aiming to more than double the size of our food and beverage business by 2025 by investing in the development of our people, creating new food offers that appeal to our 26 million visitors each year and improving the environments we serve food in. To get there, we’re growing our central food and beverage team, focusing on product development and procurement, but also investing in areas such as marketing, operating standards and environmental practice.

Please note this role is based from our head office in Swindon but will require travel across the UK on a regular basis.

What it's like to work here

We provide the best possible working environment for you throughout the building whilst also promoting and fostering a sociable Heelis Community. Do great things for us and we’ll do great things for you and your career.

Heelis is the Central Office for the National Trust; it was named after one of the Trust’s biggest benefactors Mrs William Heelis. There are approximately 700 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General, are based here.

Heelis was designed to be highly sustainable and has won a number of nationally recognised awards. Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects in 2005, this architectural gem uses timber from our woodlands and wool from Herdwick sheep grazed on Trust farmlands, to help make Heelis a unique working environment.

What you'll be doing

As Category Manager you’ll be responsible for the development of either packaged food or hot drink product ranges and the production of merchandising toolkits. You'll create, test and launch new product ranges and promotional mechanics that protect and grow revenue and profitability. Following a robust development process, informed by customer insight, you’ll ensure that the product ranges you create delight and inspire our visitors and complement the food created in our property kitchens.

You'll create effective toolkits that clearly set out the standards required by operations teams for merchandising and promotions. Working in partnership with the sourcing team, you'll select products that maximise revenue, optimise margin and support our food sourcing standards. Ensuring tactical plans reflect operational challenges such as capacity, production facilities, capability, high variation in trading levels and delivery of training.

Who we're looking for

The role relies on a sound, specialist knowledge of multi-site food and beverage operations and a good understanding of food industry trends and the following would be helpful; ·

•Proven experience of analytical tools used for menu engineering

•Knowledge of profit and loss statements and key drivers of revenue, gross margin and fixed/variable operating costs

•Experience of driving change within a complex structure and environment

•Experience of leading/delivering incremental growth in revenue and profitability

The package

Looking after you

•Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents

•Pension contribution match up to 10%

•EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing

•Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country

Looking after your career

•Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust

•Develop your skills with an internal secondment

•Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression

•Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

•Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK

•Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

•20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets

•Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing Date: 23rd September 2018

Interview Date: 15th October 2018

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