Senior Category Manager (355/64v)

Salary: Up to £60,000
Location: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire
Reference: 355/64v
Benefits: Company car/car allowance, 10% bonus, pension, private healthcare

Bucks/Berks/Oxon – able to work 2 days from home

The Company:

Great products, exclusive brands, acquisitive agenda, a highly capable team, new 3-year strategy, investing in headcount – talent programme for high performing individuals. Unlike many other businesses they are more versatile, focussed and ambitious.  The company is serving customers from nearly 50 locations in 27 countries and consumers can buy these food brands in more than 135 markets and territories


The Opportunity:

With a newly structured Customer Marketing team to include both category and customer marketing and a recently launched category vision we are now able to recruit an ambitious senior Category Manager to own the category agenda in top grocery retailers.


Reporting to the Head of Customer Marketing, you will develop joint category plans that deliver growth with specific customers to include range, promotions, NPD in line with category and brand strategy.  In addition, you will:


  • Be the powerful voice of the shopper for our retail partners and the internal organisation, delivering a capability that will be viewed as best in class across the retail trade.
  • Develop, present and implement account specific category plans.
  • Develop and present rationale for initiatives such as NPD in conjunction with sales and marketing teams.
  • Work with internal teams to develop distribution targets and performance hurdle rates.
  • Ensure effective implementation of product launches through sell-in activities, in-store support coordination and planogram updates.
  • Support the development and implementation of the category strategy.
  • Monitor and review performance of the category, brand and activities in specific accounts for internal and external review.
  • Review and monitor relevant retailer data to measure performance in conjunction with category analyst.
  • Ensure category range reviews and planograms are implemented effectively through planning and timely internal and external communication and coordination.
  • Ensure effective and efficient implementation of in-store display activities including FSDU/related displays. Manage in-store theatre and POS.


This is a great opportunity to influence customer behaviour and unlock growth potential.  In addition, you’ll work very closely with cross functional teams – brand marketing and sales in order to identify, develop and execute significant in-store initiatives. 



You’ll need to have a strong track record in world-class shopper/customer/category management within a branded FMCG environment; a deep understanding of shopper behaviour and experience in dealing with multiple retailers at all levels. Ultimately, we’re looking for someone with strong commercial acumen, brand awareness and a solid analytical approach who will be able to step into the Head of Customer Marketing position.


If you wish to apply for this role, please click on the apply button with a copy of your up to date cv in word format quoting ref number 355/64v


Not right for you?  We’d still like to speak with you about other sales, marketing or category management opportunities, so please do send an up to date copy of your CV in word format and we will call you. 



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