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Category Manager

  • Location:


  • Sector:

    Garden Centre

  • Salary:

    £45000 - £55000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Jordan Waobikeze

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  • Published:

    17 days ago

Job Title: Category Manager
Salary: £45,000 - £55,000
Function: Purchasing & Category Management
Industry: Garden Centres
Location: Multiple locations to choose from Nationwide

This role is an exciting opportunity to onboard with a market-leader in their respective industry who are now looking for a talented category manager to join the team!

Who We Are Looking For:

Ideally, you will have experience in Category Management or Merchandising and Buying from a Retail background - but key to the role is to have a strong grasp of commercials and analytical skills required to run a profitable multichannel retail business.

Garden Centre product experience is desirable but not essential. More important is your ability to interrogate data and turn it into tangible trading action; to tailor your storytelling to suit your audience, from store assistants up to managing director; your personal drive to be both proactive and creative; your passion for product and building strong own label and branded ranges.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Support the Head of Category in building and executing the category strategy
  • Ownership of launching and trading profitable multichannel business
  • Utilise the IT suite of reporting to analyse and optimise product category performance; focusing on sales, cash margin, customer numbers, stock and availability
  • Identify trading opportunities and work with marketing, design and operational teams to bring agile business decisions to fruition
  • 'Open to Buy' management with a focus on quality of stock, markdown spend through discounts, wastage & shrinkage, sellthrough, product exit strategies and stockturn
  • Calculate new line forecasts using analytical skills and market awareness
  • Manage the relationship between stock availability and optimal inbound phasing, working closely with Imports and warehousing teams
  • Support the Head of Category in compiling full year financial and operational budgets [sales, margin, buying, FTE] coupled with a sound grasp of the influences of volume, cost, inflation and market conditions
  • Provide regular and appropriate trading communication with garden centre department managers, that is action-based and focusses on the critical
  • Build strong relationships with both domestic and imported vendors with a sound understanding of the end-to-end supply chain model and supplier terms
  • Identify range strengths and opportunities, overlaid with a broad understanding of the online and physical competitive landscape and how to service an AB1 demographic.

For an informal chat, please call me, Jordan on 01780480530 or email or send me a message on LinkedIn. Don't worry if your CV isn't up to date, just send what you already have, and we can sort the rest later.