CATEGORY MANAGER — New Functional Role!

SmithCarey Recruitment
Based central Midlands with home-working flexibility
Competitive salary plus bonus, car allowance and benefits
Closing date
23 Oct 2020

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Category Management
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CATEGORY MANAGER — New Functional Role!
Based central Midlands with home-working flexibility
Competitive salary plus bonus, car allowance and benefits

The Company

Despite the pandemic our client’s business is a stunning success story in today’s highly competitive chilled food category, achieving unprecedented growth with sales volumes in 2020! Part of a well-invested e400m European food group, they have successfully opened a brand new UK-based state-of-the-art factory with the capability to deliver further increases in sales, driven from NPD, new business development and manufacturing efficiencies.

They are already a category-leading business with a genuine ‘TEAM’ togetherness, with all stakeholders working collaboratively to service the needs of their customers and to get the job done! In a growing category they are now looking to shape the category strategy to drive more value with their major grocery retail partners… oh, and that’s where you come in!

The Role

This is a brand new, first ever Category Management role in the UK division — so a fantastic opportunity for you to join a fast-growing business with a fab ‘TEAM’ spirit and to directly set up a dynamic, high-performing, consumer-led category management function. Using your experience you will have the scope to set up leading-edge systems, processes, insight data and purchase and budgetary control, as well as driving both internal product and customer-led strategies. This is exciting stuff and a real one-in-a-million opportunity to shape this growing company’s future category management blueprint.

About You

Consumer insight is at the heart of everything that drives you to deliver outstanding category stories, which you deliver with a natural ability and flair to influence your audience both internally and externally with all key stakeholders. You have excellent data analysis interpretation skills, coupled with the ability to professionally and efficiently shape and build pragmatic NPD, pricing, ranging and merchandising strategies all focused on delivering profitable category sales growth.

You are a highly-capable professional who would relish the opportunity to set up and ‘row the category boat’ but always as part of the ‘TEAM’ which you embrace with passion, energy and most importantly, hard work and commitment.

So if you feel this is a career move not to be missed and you can meet the challenge of building and creating a new category function in this well-invested and high-potential growing business, please apply to quoting reference MS/2152 enclosing your CV and current benefits package details, or call Mark Smith on 07747 847214 for an initial discussion.

Closing date for applications 23rd October 2020

As specialists in Sales & Marketing Recruitment and Training, SmithCarey Ltd have extensive knowledge and experience of the FMCG market and all trade channels from the recruitment and corporate perspective, which together with face-to-face contact ensures that we understand both our clients and candidates needs. We are fully committed to building long-term client and candidate relationships based on trust and results, which ensures candidates can effectively manage their ‘career road map’ and get the right job, not just any job, as well as ensuring our clients select the best talent.

We are passionate and committed to helping ambitious, commercial talent achieve their potential in some of food and drink’s most progressive and respected companies.

Our services at SmithCarey embrace retained recruitment consultancy, interim management and training, with our FMCG clients ranging from major bluechips to medium and small companies across food, drink and non-food, branded and own label.

Spanning both the corporate and the recruitment viewpoint, our Consultants have an outstanding track record of knowledge and experience in the FMCG market – specifically Sales & Marketing, including; National Account Management, Category Management, Customer Marketing, Shopper Marketing, Field Sales, International Sales Management and Brand Marketing.

We take our relationship with you, the candidate - and you, the client - very seriously. What you can expect from us is honest advice and real assistance at an individual level. We understand your concerns, we can get on your wavelength, and we can produce the results you want – be it a major career move to steer you in the right direction with your future ‘career road map’ or simply some welcome guidance and support.

The SmithCarey team are passionate in their belief that companies who want to attract top talent need to invest and take a more proactive approach, even before vacancies arise, by creating an employer branding talent attraction strategy. We have invested heavily in both resource and new technology to embrace the LinkedIn/Facebook generation, through social networking tools and other media.

Everything we do is done with passion, professionalism and integrity. We operate with strict confidentiality and never send out CVs without prior consent, recommend candidates without thorough screening or market false positions to attract response.

Our message to people who have the drive and energy to be a success is to come and talk to us. We can help by advising you what’s out there, provide support with your ‘career roadmap’ for how you might progress, together with advice on how to make it happen and, who knows, we might have the perfect position for you right now!

Take a look at our current opportunities; then email with a covering letter, stating your current remuneration package and a copy of your CV to one of our Consultants.

For Recruitment:

Mark Smith - - mobile 07747 847214

Maria Murphy – – mobile 07745 184922

For Training:

Paul Carey - – mobile 07786 745165

Or for any other general enquiries call 01488 649360 or email: or visit our website

We look forward to helping you manage your future ‘career road map’ and assisting you in building a successful Sales or Marketing career in the exciting world of FMCG.

Contact Us
  • Penfold Barn
  • Westfield
  • Hungerford
  • RG17 7HD
  • GB
  • 01488 649 360
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