Job Description

Category Manager

Ref No: AM17351

Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Competitive salary

Category Manager - County Limerick.

In this role you will develop, deliver and refine a category plan that supports the category role and delivers the company's stated financial budgets (e.g. range management including NPD; promotions; cross-sell; direct to customer & pricing). Deliver brilliant category insight of total performance vs LY & budget.

Core Responsibilities:

Using customer, market & supplier insight and category performance analysis, lead the wider merchandising team to create a category strategy to meet in year sales & cash margin targets, in line with the specific category role
Review & analyse category performance, turn insights into actions with vendors by executing, analysing, and evaluating category plans.
Create, develop & deliver monthly category updates
Devise long-term development strategies for product category
Set direction and guidance for product specifications and requirements for the  customer bases
Determine market needs/gaps & create strategy for new growth
Completely own & deliver all in year deliverables, including range plan & NPD (within a SKU count budget), promotions, direct to customer activity, cross-sell & intelligent pricing recommendations
Support delivery of strategic priorities, as driven by Merchandising Manager & Director
Develop strategic supplier business plans with category partner suppliers, to drive growth and support margin investment opportunities
Manage customer facing element of product data and all product customer pitch information
Manage own brand packaging plan
Work with global sourcing, legal & merchandising teams to negotiate terms with vendors

Interested applicants should have:

Minimum 3-5 years' commercial / analytical experience
Experience using consumer insights, competitive assessment, pricing, promotional planning and financial analysis.
Excellent PC and Microsoft Office skills. Excel to intermediate level at minimum.
Ability to present to large audiences
Strong results-based orientation

Desirable (not essential):
Degree level education
Professional Qualification in Category Management or Merchandising

You should have highly numerate & analytical skills. Strong commercial & business acumen.
Be results-driven with a collaborative style and positive attitude.
Strong communication & presentation skills
Customer relationship ability


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