Category & Innovation Manager

£45000 - £50000 per annum
10 April 2019
10 April 2019
Job Function
Marketing, Research
Contract Type
Full Time
The Category & Innovation Manager will report into the Head of Sales and collaborate with and support the Sales and NPD teams in implementing a successful category strategy. This is a hands on role which will be responsible for developing and driving the success of a creative, innovative and profitable category.

Client Details

My client is a leading fresh food provider which is very well known around the UK and abroad. Known for it's innovation, my client is currently experiencing rapid growth and it's a very exciting time to be joining the business.


The key responsibilities of the Category & Innovation Manager include: * Work with the wider team (including Account Manager's, NPD Manager, and other Category Manager's) to develop new category initiatives, NPD, conduct & then implement range reviews where appropriate. * Managing the category relationship with all customers and drive the internal agenda for the category * Identifying shopper insight from multiple data and research sources to drive the development of the category and sales through the point of purchase * Establish and execute market development strategies by channel and retail account. * Work closely with the sales and NPD teams to drive category growth * Develop plans to grow sales and profitability of the categories * Plan and advise on category activity and strategy direction * Undertake research and analyse market/category/product data to gain category shopper insights * Understand the marketplace and respond to opportunities and threats as they arise * Monitor trends in competitor companies and react where appropriate * Seek new commercial initiatives with potential to increase sales and profitability * Inform relevant parties on new products, new market news and overall market performance in a structured format


The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience: * Excellent understanding of Dunnhumby and other market data such as IRI, Kantar * Well-developed communication and influencing skills * Commercial understanding and excellent analytical skills * Ability to work under pressure in a demanding role and to deadlines * Working knowledge of retailer requirements * Strong team and work ethic

Job Offer

The Category Manager is paying up to £50,000 + car allowance + other added benefits.

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