Senior Category Manager (Product Management - Retail & Trade)

Senior Category Manager (Product Management - Retail & Trade)

Job Title: Senior Category Manager (Product Management - Retail & Trade)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Salary: £37000 - £47000 per annum
Reference: 14371/001_1513068335
Contact Name: Emma Brighouse
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 12, 2017 08:45

Job Description

Senior Category Manager (Product Management - Retail & Trade)

£37,000 > 47,000 + Pension, Health, Bonus, Staff Discount, Free Parking, Flexi-hours

West Yorkshire

SITUATION: Here we have a manufacturing business with complete UK dominance in four out of six product categories, selling through multiple channels with hundreds of highly successful products within each category. They have a reputation for product innovation, an instantly recognisable brand and a reputable history of success underpinning it all.

QUESTION: So, what would this mean for driven Senior Category Manager?

ANSWER: Firstly, you will have a solid platform to leverage companywide success and take advantage of opportunities in the remaining two categories across the UK. Secondly, you will have the opportunity to focus on the more lucrative markets within Europe and beyond where catchment is currently less than 2% and consumer demand for product development in these categories is high.

A truly exciting opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment, developing product and marketing plans that support the long-term growth business growth.

Working in partnership with the Sales & Marketing team and very closely with the NPD teams you will have all the tools and support needed to be successful including a high impact product showcase environment for customer presentations. The role will take you across UK and into Europe meeting, networking and delivering presentations to large scale, reputable retail and trade customers. You will support trade shows/exhibitions and travel outside of Europe (e.g. China, India and USA) to meet new and existing suppliers.


  • Drive/report on sales, profit and margin for designated product groups against agreed targets
  • In conjunction with the NPD team identify, research, develop and launch new products within the agreed centres of excellence
  • Understand buying patterns and propose local merchandising solutions to support the growth of your categories throughout Europe
  • Enhance new and existing products through design or the redesign of products and/or packaging, in line with branding, core values and ease of use.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the changing market place through close relationships with sales teams, customers and the market
  • Provide range and category management services to key customers working in partnership with the International sales management team to provide solutions for target customers
  • Provide technical, legal, data and general product information as required
  • In cooperation with Marketing Services, prepare literature, customer support materials and training for product groups
  • Have a commercial awareness performance of the business and its product groups
  • Seek to reduce costs to obtain "value for money" and improve margin, in conjunction with the purchasing department


  • Proven Product Category Management in retail and/or trade channels
  • An appreciation of product marketing, advertising and "point of sale" display strategies
  • Analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Comfortable delivering formal product presentations backed by credible data
  • Have an interest in technical, engineered consumer products
  • Full driving licence

To be considered for the role you will need to click "APPLY NOW" and send your CV to Emma Brighouse at Morgan Ryder Associates.

You will receive a full company brief, an insight into the products within the specific categories in question.

At Morgan Ryder we can provide you with a full range of employment opportunities from short term and fixed term temporary vacancies to permanent positions.

We recruit for companies that operate in the following industries: Food and Drink Manufacturers, FMCG, Packaging, Engineering, Automotive, Aerospace, Warehousing, Logistics, Waste Management, Petro Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Power & Renewable Energy.

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