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  • Assistant Buyer / Assistant Category Manager - 12 month Fixed Term Contract

  • Business: Wickes
  • Sector: Category, Pricing & Product
  • Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
  • Salary: Excellent + Bonus + Benefits
  • Hours of work: 39
  • Position type: Fixed Term Contract
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 26-Jun-2019
  • Job reference: 22478

Job Description

Wickes is more than just the nation’s favourite DIY store. We’re part of the Travis Perkins Group, one of the UK’s top employers and that’s why the first thing you’ll notice at Wickes is the way everyone pulls together.  It’s a place where we’ll ask for your ideas, listen to your opinions and value the contributions you make.  Chances are you’ve never experienced anything quite like our culture.  All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be.  If that sounds like you, we’ll make you feel right at home.


If you are hungry for a career within category management and have experience working in a commercial team and are passionate about getting the best deal, have great communication skills and are able to use analysis to understand your market and customer, read on!

Duties include:

  • Work closely with the Wickes Customer Experience team, ensuring that customer need and proposition are represented within advertising & promotional activity

  • Working with the Marketing team to ensure that all deadlines for advertising/promotions/price guides are met.

  • Develop & own a category communication process including the development of templates and a channel/ customer matrix to support timely communications of product launches/promotions/ clearance and other activities with stores and the Wickes operations team

  • Work with the product supply analyst to minimise stock holdings whilst developing improved processes which improve on-shelf availability.

  • Work with supply chain and suppliers to ensure product availability, management of stock turn and problem stock issues are identified and resolved  

  • Ensure that all administration tasks are completed accurately and with a timely completion.

  • Manage relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, continually increasing standards of customer service through continual review and improvement to processes.

  • Take full ownership for a group of suppliers and sub-categories including product listings and profitability

You will also have a huge amount of enthusiasm and want to get the job done well.  If you’re looking for a fantastic opportunity where you can grow and progress then this role would be ideal as coaching and direction will be given to help you realise your aspirations.


Our strong family values and 'cornerstones' lie at the heart of the success of our journey - from family business to forward thinking business. If matching your ambition to our culture is an exciting prospect, there's never been a better time to join us.

And if, like us, you put customers at heart of everything you do, you can expect to be rewarded with a full package of perks on top of a salary that grows with you as you grow in our business.

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