Assistant Category Manager

Assistant Category Manager

£30K-£35K P.A.


We are excited to be working with a large B2B organisation within the Northampton area. Employing over 20,000 people nationwide, our client is now looking for an experienced Assistant Category Manager to join its ever-growing team.

The Job:

I create & own the following in commercial

●         The building of the factbase on the customer, competitors & market to support development of my category strategy.

●         The delivery of category role and intent.

●         Category range reviews and delivery of the end-to-end process.

●         Supply base Strategy and management of supplier relationships, to maximise return.

●         Negotiation of supplier trading agreements and accurate input into Dealtrack.

●         Promotional plans and exit strategies with supplier support - negotiating cost prices and trading terms.

●         Review and report on performance to identify areas of concern/opportunities and take appropriate action.

●         Regular competitor analysis stores and web.

●         Responsible and accountable for the maintenance and accuracy of pricing, POS, promotional activity.

●         Collaboration internally both cross-functionally and within the group.



Commercial skills

●         I am an expert at the calculation of margin / adding and removing VAT and analysing sales and profit


Systems skills

●         Systems knowledge of Advanced Excel, Business Objects, Google, PIM, Microsoft, Wintegrate, Hybris, Dealtrack.


Core skills

●         I am a role model and I apply the cornerstone values in every aspect of my job

●         Take ownership and responsibility

●         Strong organisational, prioritisation and time management skills 

●         Resilient and positive through adversity and change

●         Collaboration and communication

●         Influencing - peers, and key stakeholders.

●         I am a strong communicator with the ability to collaborate at all levels

●         I problem-solve using my initiative and recommending solutions

●         Ability to challenge the status quo and confident to push back when required.



Commercial experiences

●         I have experience of delivering roles and intents and KPIs for the category.

●         I have reviewed the customer, market and competition to provide the relevant information to support a range review.

●         I have successfully planned and delivered a range review

●         I have taken the lead at a supplier meeting/visits.

●         Attended relevant trade shows, trade panels and project shops.

●         I have worked with supply chain teams and understand stock measures and KPIs.


Core experiences

●         Deputised for my line manager at key meetings

●         I visit stores and competition regularly

●         I have presented to senior management

●         I work cross-functionally and drive strong relationships with key stakeholders