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Commercial Category Manager - Flooring

Watford, Hertfordshire

Excellent + Bonus + Benefits

  1. Permanent

4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM

31534

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Wickes are a digitally led, service enabled organisation with a project in every home.

 

We are looking for a Commercial Category Manager to join us on a permanent basis in our head office in Watford. If this sounds like an opportunity for you, please read on below and apply today!

You will be responsible for the end to management of the category. This will include sourcing the right range of products from current and new suppliers through to the pricing and promotion to maximise consumer appeal. Supplier management and working closely with internal stakeholders will be key parts of the role. The goal is to increase sales and profitability of business to drive sustainable growth. 

We are looking for someone with extensive experience in understanding consumer needs and the retail environment. They must have a commercial mindset and full comprehension of marketing and sales principles. Exceptional communication skills are also key for this role. 

Key responsibilities:

Product Strategy

  • Set a clear and customer focused category strategy to deliver growth in sales and profit.

  • Develop and build category plan, to deliver market share growth, informed by internal and external insight to maximise commercial position and provide the best customer proposition.

  • Trading Management (delivering the plan and numbers)

  • Drive sales and profit through an activity plan including promotion, advertising and PR in alignment with the framework set by Marketing, Direct Channels and Operations Departments.

  • Managing SKU level cost and retail price in line with pricing and promotional strategy

  • Deliver or exceed budgeted sales and margin whilst maintaining or growing market share.


Supply & Sourcing

  • Build profitable supplier partnership to develop market position.

  • Develop a clear sourcing strategy to ensure the supply of quality products that meet the customer need through the most efficient route to market.

  • Develop high performing business partnerships with key suppliers to maximise business opportunity.   

  • Manage supplier base to ensure that they meet all of our requirements using supplier KRA’s and 100% availability.


Leadership & Team Development

  • Develop and lead direct reports to ensure individual growth and maximising of potential.

  • Driving engagement with the category and its plans; be a visible ambassador/champion of your

           category, driving understanding through the business

 

What are we looking for:

  • Experienced in category management or buying

  • Developing & executing a category strategy

  • Motivated to achieve targets/deadlines.

  • Excellent attention-to-detail, planning and organisation skills.

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills (verbal and written) at all levels.

  • Excellent planning, time and project management skills.

  • Experience of managing a team


What can we offer you?

Wickes’ culture is a best kept secret; it’s a collaborative, down to earth, fun and inclusive environment where people feel part of a winning team. 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.


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