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Category Manager - Food

Michael Page Sales
England, Kent
Closing date
24 Aug 2021

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Category Management
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Job Details

Looking for a Category Manager to join a large SME food business in an exciting period of re branding & transformation change. This is a newly appointed commercial role, so huge scope to define & drive the top 4 partnerships, creating the category strategy through key commercial insight.

Client Details

A large SME within the commodity food category in a key transformation period, looking to drive their Brand proposition further into the Top 4 through huge NPD investment & new product / category evolution.


  • To work with the wider commercial team to provide insight and utilise category expertise to build on the company's brand offering and retail presence

  • Work alongside the commercial team to provide strategic commercial insight on how VeeTee can partner best with retailers resulting in brand growth in range size & features
  • Work alongside the Director of Consumer & Customer Marketing to create a category strategy
  • Lead category management reviews with customers (Top 4) / Buyers and provide expert insight to these conversations
  • Provide on-going brand & category support to the commercial team
  • Support commercial team in preparing for meetings by bringing credible category analysis & an unbiased insight
  • Joint responsibility alongside the other category manager for maintaining external agency relationships
  • Provide category & brand performance data for competitor reviews, including recommendations for actions


  • Strong category management expertise
  • The ability to manage relationships at all levels within the business and external stakeholders
  • Proven experience within a similar role in an FMCG company
  • Experience of assisting in presenting to external stakeholders / top 4 Buyers
  • Experience of influencing and negotiating with teams at all levels
  • Thrives on accountability - wants to be the driving force of non bias category management in a newly appointed role
  • Responds positively to changing business priorities and rises to the challenge
  • Applies discretion; communicates to the right people about the right things

Job Offer

£50,000 - £55,000 base salary + Bens


Michael Page Sales UK is a leading professional recruitment consultancy covering permanent, interim and contract recruitment. We have UK wide coverage with ten offices located in London, Weybridge, Reading, Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, St Albans, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. The core markets we serve are Consumer, Business Services, Media, IT/Telco, Financial Services, Healthcare and Technical Sales, with a dedicated person or team in each location specialising in each of these sectors. The clients we work with are as diverse as the candidates we represent; from Blue Chips to SMEs, and Sales Execs to Sales Directors. Our Consultants are typically from relevant sales backgrounds giving first hand experience of the roles we recruit for. We pride ourselves on delivering unrivalled service levels to our candidates and our clients, our track record of success over the past 20 years means we stand out.

Within our Consumer Sales Division we have consultants within each of the 10 offices who dedicate themselves to this sector and no other. Our specialist capability is demonstrated further as we focus on sub sectors such as food, drink, household, foodservice, consumer electronics, apparel, health & beauty, consumer healthcare, pet and sports. Some of our key clients include Colgate, Beiersdorf, Dr Oetker, Johnson & Johnson, Matthew Clark, PZ Cussons, Kellogg’s, 2 Sisters, Samsung, Seven Seas, Twinings, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson, Warburtons, InBev, Kettle Chips, Hallmark, Luxottica, McCain, Britvic, General Mills, and Molson Coors to name but a few!

Michael Page Sales UK is part of Michael Page International with operations in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. As well as looking for high quality candidates for our clients, we are also always looking for top talent to work for us

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