Assistant Category Manager

Assistant Category Manager

Job title: Assistant Category Manager
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Industry: Merchandise Buying & Planning
Reference: 3474118
Contact name: Gabby Symons
Contact email:
Contact number: 0432 261 116
Job published: July 20, 2022 14:01

Job description

What’s in this for you?
  • Rewards: It's paying above market norms to attract & retain the best
  • A development plan into Category Management: You will be supported, developed and continually groomed. Succession throughout this business is a key area of focus. In fact, an internal promotion is the reason for one of the current vacancies!
  • Learn & be inspired from the best: Work with some of the best retail and merchandise mentors and leaders in the sector
  • Your workplace in the South East: It’s flexible, open and collaborative, set up to leverage the sharing and expertise that everyone brings when in the office
  • It’s fun & flexible: It’s a place where unique talents are leveraged, opportunities are endless for performers (including across the broader group) and a place where success and milestones (personal and professional) are celebrated.
Your prospective employer:
This is a career decision you will never look back from. This catapulting consumer goods retailer with a thriving network and hundreds of stores provides much-needed product, service and solutions across a wide variety of brands. Operating within a fast-paced and competitive environment, their success is attributed to their superior customer service, innovative focus and  extensive product ranges. Like the stores, the Support office is made up of talented teams at every level, who work intuitively and collaboratively, injecting smart and savvy retail practices and principles across every retail aspect. As a result of continued organic expansion and acquisition they have been experiencing double-digit, growth 'year on year' and it is their absolute strategy to continue on this trajectory. In short, their future continues to excite, and this is your opportunity to be part of it. If Category Management is your goal, this is a career-defining opportunity.
What will you do in an average week?
In these business critical roles, you will be working in partnership with one of the talented Category Managers, developing, managing and maintaining core ranges, extension programs and category growth plans in line with the merchandise strategy. More specifically, you will:
  • Conduct regular range reviews and ensure the profitable pricing of products to the market conditions
  • Build and develop supplier relationships that are in line with the company values, ensuring they allow for continued improvement of terms through negotiations and deals
  • Pull together range and sales data to facilitate sound decision-making as part of the range review process
  • Be part of the product selection process that also incorporates private label and development
  • Be one of the key points of contact for supplier and store queries
  • Work with Marketing to co-ordinate the catalogue for your category and planogram builds
  • And so much more...
  Here’s what it will take:
  • You are proven: You ideally have experience as an Assistant Category/Product/Buyer/Brand Manager or Marketing/Merchandise Co-ordinator (or other related roles) within a retailer or supplier
  • You are innately passionate: You are a natural go-getter, who has the 'will' and 'want' to make a difference
  • You are ideally degree qualified: You are a learner and have demonstrated your commitment to this
  • You have ambition: Right now, being in a role and an organisation with great mentors and development programs that will bring the best out of you, is of high importance 
  • You stand out: With your high attention to detail, problem-solving and relationship-building skills and you are a highly motivated self-starter
These opportunities will make your career and your 2022 year and beyond. Please apply ASAP via the link below or for further queries, please contact Gabby Symons, People Equity on or 0432 261 116.