Assistant Category Manager

  • Job Reference: VR/00910
  • Date Posted: 11 June 2018
  • Recruiter: MP Resourcing Ltd
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  • Location: Abingdon
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Sales & Marketing, Transport & Logistics
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Our client is a small but rapidly growing company located in Oxfordshire. The company has very aggressive growth plans which involve a significant increase of product development, which gives rise to this position. The product development team are a key team within the business as they provide the vital link between our suppliers and supply chain team and our sales and commercial teams. The Assistant Category Manager works as a pivotal member of this team to ensure all category aims are met with the help of the Category Manager.

Typical tasks include:

  • Assist category managers with the implementation of new product introductions into the company Product range and category management of existing product ranges as well as look after
  • Visiting customers with the National Account Manager or Sales Director for specific customers and help follow these projects from inception to delivery
  • Benchmark competitor product ranges against products proposed product ranges for key customers in terms of price and product specification
  • Creating product development sheets for each customer to brief in product changes to suppliers
  • Created landed costs, trade pricing and RRPs for categories provided by the category manager
  • Brief in and check artwork (packaging, display presenters or point of sale) to external agencies either self-pointed or appointed by our customers
  • Work with the PIM (Product information management) team to ensure all product information is correct and all design and IP legislation has been carried out
  • Product group analysis by SKU to ensure all sales opportunities are met and ensure any poor performing products are managed profitably out of the business with the support of the category management and commercial teams
  • Ensure product specifications are correct and help collate and upkeep product information.
  • Assist sales teams, customers and China supply team and UK supply team with product queries that they might have
  • Update range sheets for category managers to a high standard and ensure that all stake holders within the business are updated on any developments
  • Attend photo shoots, exhibitions and external customer visits as appropriate

Key skills and attributes:

  • Enthusiastic self-starter with a can-do attitude
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Analytical
  • Ability to manage a wide range of tasks at any given time
  • Ability to be able to work with a wide range of people
  • Good Microsoft office skills - word, excel, PowerPoint

Please note: Only candidates with the relevant skills and experience will be contacted regarding this position.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 days you have unfortunately been unsuccessful in your application for this position, however we may contact you in the future to discuss other opportunities.

Please note that no terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person's gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.