Category Manager - Retail

Category Manager - Retail

Job Title: Category Manager - Retail
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Reference: 3212286
Contact Name: Gabby Symons
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 03, 2021 15:01

Job Description

What’s in this for you?
  • You have a super talented Assistant Category Manager direct report
  • The package - it's ahead of market norms, with both financial and non-financial benefits
  • The culture is what you look for in your employer – ‘balanced’ & ‘down to earth’ who value their most important asset, its people
  • An empowered partnership and relationship focussed senior category management role, with full-scope
  • Lifestyle offices, where everyone ‘loves to work,’ (when you are not working from home)
The Company:

Fast-paced, trusted and consumer-led, this retailer prides itself on its enviable industry position, delivering quality retail services and extensive ranges to its customers on a national scale. On a phenomenal growth trajectory, this organisation continues to expand further, moving from strength to strength with its differentiated model, service excellence and robust back-end support programs. The category team are at the heart of the business and play a critical role in creating compelling reasons for customers to shop in their stores. Presenting a finely tuned and profitable range through the application of sound category management principles and supplier management strategies is therefore a key success determiner for the business.  This is a role where you can make a real difference.

What you will do in an average week:

As a senior member of the Merchandise division and working with and across a multi-disciplined team you will have full accountability and empowerment for the customer offer in your category portfolio, ensuring the initiatives are in place to deliver end-to-end category performance and growth. This will see you also:
  • Leveraging market and supplier data for insights
  • Taking the lead on the category development schedule and range review process
  • Assessing innovation from suppliers and private label strategies to ensure your destination category remains competitive with strong brand differentiation
  • Managing the promotional programs to ensure that there is a year on year growth plan in sales and gross profit
  • Identifying the ‘opportunity buys’ and planning these into the promotional schedules
  • Leading and managing the strategic relationships with suppliers including negotiations of trading terms, deals, promotional offers and volume rebates
  • Having fun, collaborating, influencing and being a relied on senior team player
Here’s what it will take:
  • You are proven: You are a talented Retail Category Manager and/or Buyer and you can illustrate tangible ‘wins’ in your career. It is your ‘eye for commercial ranging’ and developing solution-based category plans that has set you apart
  • Category experience: Open to all, however ideally consumer goods, pharmacy, supermarket, hard goods (or similar/related)
  • It’s a given you have skill sets in inventory management, negotiating, and building supplier relationships and you are always in it for a ‘win-win.’
  • You enjoy pace: You thrive in periods of change, ambiguity, and continued growth
  • You inspire: You have driven, determination, and commitment that inspires others and you are always ‘in it for the team’
  • You listen and others listen to you; your natural style is collaborative
If this sounds like the opportunity that would bring out the best in you and your potential, please apply ASAP via the Seek link. If you have further queries, please reach out to Gabby Symons, MD, People Equity on

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