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Category Manager - Food

Michael Page Sales
England, London
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Contract Type
Full Time
Category Management

Job Details

A superb opportunity to join an FMCG brand and private label business dedicated to the continued positive disruption of their category through the strength of commercial category insight & recommendation.

Client Details

A dynamic, fast paced and "politic" free, branded & private FMCG business. An established household brand across ambient & chilled, dedicated to the continued growth of the business, brand, private label offering across the retailer landscape.


The Category Management Team is viewed as key to the delivery of ambitious growth plans and to developing future agenda. This role is critical in allowing the business to demonstrate their knowledge and leadership across both ambient & chilled categories and to drive the development of progressive & successful partnerships with the retailers.

Main tasks:

To enhance, progress and leverage our Category relationships with major Grocery customers.
  • Deliver credible, insight led & actionable recommendations to support the growth of the category, customer & the business
  • Advise retailers through key decision making periods, effectively influencing range, space and distribution decisions
  • Ensure that a comprehensive category approach is taken in consideration of both brand and retailer brand

To work in collaboration with Marketing to:
  • Provide the external perspective the business on the consumer, shopper, retailer and competitor landscape across the categories, developing relevant knowledge
  • Identify key questions & challenges for the category or business
  • Support the development of consumer/shopper & category centric NPD & initiatives

Work with the Head of Category to develop and embed category visions, drivers and strategies both internally & externally.


The successful candidate will have the ambition to make a significant contribution to the future success of the business. You'll thrive in fast paced, action orientated environments and relish new challenges, managing multiple priorities and working collaboratively with their colleagues to deliver a shared goal.

  • Knowledgeable in FMCG category management principles
  • Commercial aware with an understanding on the impact of delivering a solid category agenda
  • Exceptional communication and influencing skills
  • Ability to make insight simple, actionable and compelling
  • Able to manage short term deliverables in parallel to developing long term strategic thinking
  • Able to build positive internal & external collaborative working relationships
  • Working knowledge of Circana / Nielsen, Kantar & Dunhumby

The Individual:
  • An dynamic and creative FMCG Category Manager with analytical integrity
  • Forward thinking and proactive
  • Had a natural curiosity to look beyond the brief & beyond the data, asking why?
  • Happy to have an opinion, to challenge and to be challenged

** You must be able to access W. London daily **

Job Offer

Highly competitive package including car allowance.

Head office in bustling Hammersmith - you must be able to access daily


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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