Category & Innovation Manager

Location
England,Essex
Salary
£45000 - £50000 per annum
Posted
10 Apr 2019
Closes
25 Apr 2019
Ref
14007356/001
Contact
Andrew Cooke
Experience Level
Manager
Sectors
FMCG
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Category & Innovation Manager will report into the Head of Sales and collaborate with and support the Sales and NPD teams in implementing a successful category strategy. This is a hands on role which will be responsible for developing and driving the success of a creative, innovative and profitable category.


Client Details

My client is a leading fresh food provider which is very well known around the UK and abroad. Known for it's innovation, my client is currently experiencing rapid growth and it's a very exciting time to be joining the business.


Description

The key responsibilities of the Category & Innovation Manager include:

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Work with the wider team (including Account Manager's, NPD Manager, and other Category Manager's) to develop new category initiatives, NPD, conduct & then implement range reviews where appropriate.
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Managing the category relationship with all customers and drive the internal agenda for the category
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Identifying shopper insight from multiple data and research sources to drive the development of the category and sales through the point of purchase
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Establish and execute market development strategies by channel and retail account.
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Work closely with the sales and NPD teams to drive category growth
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Develop plans to grow sales and profitability of the categories
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Plan and advise on category activity and strategy direction
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Undertake research and analyse market/category/product data to gain category shopper insights
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Understand the marketplace and respond to opportunities and threats as they arise
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Monitor trends in competitor companies and react where appropriate
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Seek new commercial initiatives with potential to increase sales and profitability
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Inform relevant parties on new products, new market news and overall market performance in a structured format


Profile

The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience:

* Excellent understanding of Dunnhumby and other market data such as IRI, Kantar
* Well-developed communication and influencing skills
* Commercial understanding and excellent analytical skills
* Ability to work under pressure in a demanding role and to deadlines
* Working knowledge of retailer requirements
* Strong team and work ethic


Job Offer

The Category Manager is paying up to £50,000 + car allowance + other added benefits.

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