Category & Innovation Manager

£45000 - £50000 per annum
10 Apr 2019
25 Apr 2019
Andrew Cooke
Experience Level
Contract Type
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.


The key responsibilities of the Category & Innovation Manager include:


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.

Managing the category relationship with all customers and drive the internal agenda for the category

Identifying shopper insight from multiple data and research sources to drive the development of the category and sales through the point of purchase

Establish and execute market development strategies by channel and retail account.

Work closely with the sales and NPD teams to drive category growth

Develop plans to grow sales and profitability of the categories

Plan and advise on category activity and strategy direction

Undertake research and analyse market/category/product data to gain category shopper insights

Understand the marketplace and respond to opportunities and threats as they arise

Monitor trends in competitor companies and react where appropriate

Seek new commercial initiatives with potential to increase sales and profitability

Inform relevant parties on new products, new market news and overall market performance in a structured format


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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