Category Manager

An excellent opportunity for an ambitious Category Marketing Manager to enjoy the autonomy of a complete range and category review for both licensed and own branded product ranges, working for a leading UK Retail brand. This is an end to end Category Marketing Role including being part of the sourcing and buying process.

SALARY: £35,000 - £45,000

BENEFITS: Large Company Benefits

LOCATION: Solihull & / or Rugby

COMMUTABLE LOCATIONS: Coventry, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, Warwickshire, Nuneaton, Coventry, Daventry, Solihull

JOB SPECIFICATION: Category Marketing Manager / Senior Category Buying Manager / Buying Manager – Retail

Reporting to the Director of Category and Buying, you will be the commercial leader in understanding category portfolios marketing and buying margins. As well as having the strategic mind to implement NPD projects and ranges. You will support margin improvement through commercial supplier negotiations and tactical product procurement in line with the UK retail and on-line strategy. The role requires a first class communicator to manage numerous stakeholders.

You will be responsible but not restricted to the following tasks:-

·Create a strategy for each category based on internal data, customer insight and external market information.
·In-line with the wider business category strategy, complete reviews to the agreed time scale, identify product range requirement, implement new category and product range plans and create a compelling customer offer with a competitive advantage.
·New product development and range review process enabling category growth and removal where appropriate.
·Monitor competitor activity and pricing to ensure brand and product positioning is optimised.
·Control supplier negotiations to maximise margins / profits on all categories.
·Accurately forecast volumes on all new, promotional and successful products.
·Manage the stock control team in providing information and analysis to assess levels of slow moving & dormant stock and work with the team to clear.
·Work with the marketing team to maximise the success of the category and promotional activity through a multi-channel retail environment.
·Work with merchandising and POS to increase own brand sales volumes.
·Seasonally promotion development and Management.
·Work with Supplier base to develop an Innovative and profitable product ranges to meet anticipated demand of the customer and improve the commercial performance of the category.
REQUIREMENTS: Category Marketing Manager / Senior Category Buying Manager / Buying Manager – Retail

Experience of working in a competitive category buying environment where your commercialism and approach will be rewarded with autonomy and career progression.


This leading, innovative consumer durables and retail (multi-channel) business with a successful retail network seek a talented category buying manager to drive commercial improvement with suppliers and raw materials to increase margin and improve the bottom line. This is a highly valued role within a rapidly expanding business, where you will have full autonomy and the opportunity to grow your career.

PROSPECTS: Category Marketing Manager / Senior Category Buying Manager / Buying Manager – Retail

This is an opportunity to work with professionals who are arguably some of the best in their field and an organisation that has unrivalled growth plans for 2018/2019.

It is likely you will have been working roles such as Category Buying Manager, Range Manager, Buying Manager, Head of Buying, Category Development Manager, Buying Range Manager, Senior Buyer, New Product Development Manager, Product Marketing, Brand Marketing or Category Marketing

INTERESTED? Please apply to our retained consultant Philip Monkman quoting Category Marketing Manager / Senior Category Buying Manager / Buying Manager – Retail and reference PM14953 to DD: 44 (0)1604 683308 Wallace Hind Selection. The Old Vicarage. Duston. Northants. NN5 6JB. Tel: 44 (0) 1604 758857. Please note that the postcodes used for this vacancy are for searching purposes only, they may not refer exactly to where the role is based.