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  • Category Manager

  • Business: BSS
  • Sector: Category, Pricing & Product
  • Location: Leicester, Leicestershire
  • Salary: £Competitive plus benefits
  • Hours of work: Monday To Friday
  • Position type: Permanent
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 24-Mar-2021
  • Job reference: 30852

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Job Description

Do you relish the challenge of driving sustainable profitable sales and putting customers and branches at the heart of everything you do?

If you have the drive and the ambition; we've got the role for you!
What you’ll do 
As a Category Manager you will own the delivery of the category strategies, as aligned to the corporate strategy and the 5-year plan. You will influence and negotiate to ensure we are getting the best deals for our customers and drive the engagement of the branch network and sales teams to deliver the category plan.
You will enjoy a diverse role developing, researching and deploying the category strategy.  You will be responsible for supporting the implementation of products, driving innovation of new products, influencing the trading margin and mix - and supporting the wider commercial strategy in growing and managing our product base and business performance.
Overall accountability for the category includes the following:
- Supply base strategy and management of supplier relationships, to maximise return
- Reviewing and reporting on category performance alongside identification of areas of concern/opportunities to take appropriate action 
- Development of the factbase on the customer, competitors & market to support development of the category strategy 
- Successful development and delivery of range reviews & category pricing strategy
- Product lifecycle management plans from start to end
- Management of accurate product data
- Negotiation of supplier trading agreements
- Negotiation of cost prices and trading terms
- Development of a trading plan to deliver the category financials i.e. budgets /forecasting/COGs/trading accounts 
- Representation of the category both cross-functionally and within TP group collaborative relationships

Is this you
Taking accountability and ownership for all aspects of the category you will have previous experience of successfully delivering in a rounded category management role driving sales, trading profit (including rebates and TAs), margin rate, return on stock and product availability.  
You will be highly numerate, with an ability to utilise research and insight to understand both customers and the market.  In turn, you will be able to evidence category/account growth through critical analysis and opportunity development which incorporates innovation and legislative changes.
Building effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders is pivotal to this role, and you will be able to demonstrate successful influencing, collaboration and negotiation skills.
As a curious and natural problem solver you will be able to demonstrate your drive, enthusiasm and continuous improvement outlook in order to maximise our commercial success.
What’s in it for you?

You’ll be supported by some fantastic training and development and have the opportunity to learn, grow and develop across the Travis Perkins Group. 

We’ll also equip you with a benefits package that grows as you grow with the company:
Competitive bonus
Save-as-you-earn scheme
Buy-as-you-earn scheme
Contributory pension scheme
Colleague discount across a variety of Group businesses including; 20% off at Wickes plus special discounts across our Trade Merchanting businesses.
A bit about us
As the largest distributor of building materials in the UK, Travis Perkins has been helping to build Britain for over 200 years.
With over 26 businesses, 28,000 colleagues and more than 2,000 branches, stores and sites around the UK we believe we have the best people and the best place to work. Everyone works hard together to deliver results, but most importantly, have some fun along the way!

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