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    3 February 2022
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Category Manager (14846)

 Job Type: Permanent

Location: Nuneaton / Remote hybrid

Hours: 37.5hrs

Salary: £Industry Competitive + Comprehensive Company benefits

It's a really exciting time to be at Holland & Barrett. We are investing across all areas of our business with a vision of empowering our customers to live happier, healthier lives. Our mission is to be the leading player in global wellness chosen by millions as their trusted partner for personalised wellness journeys. To achieve this goal, we are embarking on a radical transformation. We are recruiting top talent in all areas of our business, from Finance to Digital Marketing, from HR to IT, as well as new functions around Health and Wellness.

The Role:

We have a great opportunity to join our Buying Team at Holland & Barrett, based in our Store Support Centre in Nuneaton, nr Coventry (CV10 7RH). 

As a Category Manager for Fruit, Nuts, Seeds and Organics, you will report to the Senior Category Manager for Snacking & On The Go and will own the product management process of a specialist, market leading retailer – from the drawing board into our customers' hands.

  • The successful candidate will be highly driven and tenacious with experience in retail buying (Food experience preferable but not essential) 
  • You will be responsible for developing the buying strategy for your growing product areas and will source and develop product ranges which satisfy our customers' requirements, whilst achieving our company objectives.
  • By confidently using your influencing and negotiating skills, both with our supplier base and internally, you'll work strategically to make sure we deliver customer-centric ranges and promotions that meet our financial targets

Responsibilities include:

  • To continuously review current category performance and the marketplace. Work closely with own label buyer to develop an innovative and profitable product range to meet anticipated demand of the customer base and improve the commercial performance of the category.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the customer and supply base to understand which the most appropriate levers are to use to maximise business performance.
  • To define and manage a critical path to deliver Category reviews and consequently launch new category plans within agreed timescales through efficient planning.
  • Comprehensive analysis of market to ensure that H&B has competitive pricing and promotional model that is customer centric in design and execution.
  • Work with the Marketing team to maximise the awareness of the food proposition here at H&B.
  • Communicate any issues that will affect category, promotion or product performance in a timely and efficient manner to all key stakeholders.
  • Ensure team sets up, manages, and follows all administration systems and procedures to convert consumer demand into sales through product availability and delivery
  • Work closely with the Supply Chain team and the warehouse to ensure all stock is in the right place at the right time taking account of lead times and supplier requirements. Be proactive in dealing with any issues arising including dated stock, store stock and poor supplier performance
  • Ensure that all administration relating to cost prices and supplier details are accurately maintained and all account and invoice queries are dealt with in an efficient and timely manner
  • Provide information and analysis to assess levels of slow moving & dormant stock and work with the team to clear. Maintain stock at agreed levels for planned activity and to reduce overstocks
The Person:
  • Relevant experience in FMCG/retail environment.
  • Experience in food background preferable but not essential
  • Numerate, good analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and work to tight deadlines.
  • Line manager experience
  • Confident Excel skills
  • Strong influencing and persuasive skills.
  • Ability to build relationships both with suppliers and internal multi-discipline teams.
  • Commercially adept.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Time Management.

Are you?

  • Determined, tenacious and resilient.
  • Optimistic and open-minded to change.
  • Customer focused.
  • Creative.
  • Positive, resourceful and energetic team worker.
  • Drive to continuously improve self and team performance.
We offer:
  • Pension 3% company contribution
  • Discounted Products - from day one you'll get a 25% discount (on top of other promotions) when you shop at H&B on anything that you buy.
  • Holiday: 25 days paid holiday and 8 public holidays for you to do what you love
  • Colleague Recognition Scheme
  • Free Confidential Advice & Colleague Welfare if you need confidential advice 24/7
  • Mental Health First Aiders - we have lots of qualified Mental Health First Aiders because its all about your health & wellbeing
  • Refer and Earn Scheme - as we're growing you can earn money by referring people to join us from your network
  • Learning and Development opportunity with Holland & Barrett is a great base for career development long term
  • And many more!


The Company

Holland & Barrett is one of the nation's most loved and trusted brands, known for offering quality health food, vitamins and supplements all sold by highly trained and qualified advisors.

Bucking the current trend of high street retailers, we forecast significant growth and expansion plans in the coming years, with considerable investment going into all areas of the business. We certainly embrace change and drive speed in everything we do. Every day presents a different challenge, but every day is also filled with fun, teamwork and passion to succeed and surpass every expectation.

Join us and see how far you can go…

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Head Office - Samuel Ryder House
7 Barling Way, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, CV10 7RH
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