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Category & Innovation Manager

Vertex Resourcing
Flexible Hybrid Working (Hammersmith Office, Oxfordshire Bakery)
Up to £53,000 DOE
Closing date
19 Jun 2022

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Contract Type
Full Time
Category Management, Other Job Function
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Job Description

White Rabbit create tasty Italian food that everybody can enjoy. Their scope of plant-based, gluten-free pizza bases have seen immense achievement. They have multiplied the size of the business throughout recent years and holding back nothing in 2022!

Vertex Resourcing have been enlisted to aid White Rabbit in their search for a Category & Innovation Manager. You'll be focused on spotting market opportunities where White Rabbit can develop NPD or increase distribution of their delicious range! This is an exciting role linking their commercial and operations teams, working closely with both the Head of Sales and Co-Founder.

Category & Insight

- Create reports by retailer across the grocery and wholesale accounts

- Track market data

- Utilise retailer data (Nectar 360/SIP, Crunch, IRI ad-hoc) and other tools (Vypr & social media) to build internal/external category and shopper insight.

- Pro-actively identify and share relevant data internally to identify NPD gaps or opportunities.

- Work with the Head of Sales / Commercial Team to share impartial category & shopper info at range reviews, retailer meetings and sell-ins.

- Manage relationships with data providers and manage the research/ data portion.


- Develop innovation pipeline, aligned to key account RR windows, informed by consumer and category insight.

- Work with Teo/food to develop early proof-of-concept, ensure consumer-led approach to NPD development and help to manage packaging development process

- Act as cross functional project manager for innovation projects to ensure successful launches working with Head of Ops

- Ensure NPD COGs targets are hit and product margins are maintained (or grow!)

- Support Brand Manager / Food Technologist with EPD planning

Perks & Benefits

Competitive Salary DOE + Bonus

Flexible Hybrid Working Policy (Hammersmith Office, Oxfordshire Bakery)

An amazing close knit team and group of people

Mega exciting plans ahead!


Experience turning EPOS and market data into insight

Project management experience, working with cross-functional stakeholders

Experience building desks and presenting insight to retailers

Familiarity with gate process to innovation/NPD

Entrepreneurial spirit and approach to category and NPD

A foodie with your ear to the ground on latest food trends



Since its creation in 2006, Vertex Resourcing has become the go-to partner both for organisations in the Consumer Goods industry and individuals looking to further their career in this exciting space.

Recruiting a broad range of roles across Sales, Marketing, Category Management, Insight, MS&P, Finance, HR, NPD, Buying, Supply Chain and Digital, we’re renowned for our close relationships and high quality / low volume approach.

We typically represent individuals and handle recruitment assignments across a broad salary range from £40,000 through to £150,000 but we’re always happy to talk to those with needs outside of this.

We’re well known for our straight talking, frank and uncomplicated approach – we don’t do templates / “one size fits all” but provide an individual service to maximise exposure individuals and businesses alike.

We’re proud to work for some of the biggest names in Consumer Goods but equally to have helped many organisations at the start of their journey from innovator led start ups through to SMEs and VC buyouts.

Our high standards of professional conduct are reinforced and recognised by our status as a full member.REC Logo

Interested in being a part of Vertex?.. We pride ourselves on what we give back to those who make us a success and recently placed in the Top 5 of "Hunted's Best UK Reward Structures"

If you'd like to talk further or find out more please get in touch! 

Find Us
Parc House
25-37 Cowleaze Road
Kingston Upon Thames
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