Category Manager - FMCG / Food - Hybrid

Job Description

Fantastic opportunity for a Trading Manager to join a thriving Food Retail Services / FMCG company (Fantastic company, with multi billion turnover).

This company places immense value on their staff, and is one of the best places for an individual to work in.

This role will be based in Belfast - Dargan Crescent - Hybrid working role - 3/4 days at Home & 1 day in Office


£40,000 - £46,000 + Bonus + Additional Fantastic Benefits and Perks & Progression Opportunities


The role of Trading Manager is to lead the development and implementation of an effective range strategy for their portfolio, grounded in the overall trading strategy and consumer insight that supports the delivery of our brands.

Responsibilities of the role include (but not limited to):

Developing and implementing an effective range strategy for assigned portfolio:

· Management of the portfolio product range and category plans through the range management process to reflect market and consumer trends and to ensure consistency with the company's brand position and profit objectives.

· Reviewing product range on a regular and ongoing basis based on best practice category management principles and informed by market and consumer research, retailer, marketing and sales department input and supplier innovations.

Developing annual plans and budgets based on defined strategy:

· Development of Sales, Margin, and Supplier Income targets for the coming year by Supplier and Article Group.

· Preparation and delivery of annual Buying Plan outlining income strategy and actions to achieve all financial targets, OB and Range Review plans.

Manage the sourcing and introduction of Own Brand product in conjunction with the product development teams to enhance margins and provide consumers with competitive VFM offers:

· Identifying Own Brand product gaps and opportunities based on actual versus targeted participation levels.

· Developing products from concept through to commercial launch in conjunction with cross functional teams.

Negotiate the total purchase cost of products for Musgrave and its customers:

· Monitoring the performance of all products in terms of volume, margin contribution and market share and taking appropriate steps as necessary to achieve category targets.

· Analysing supplier cost base to ensure optimum purchase prices are achieved.

· Negotiating purchase price, supply terms and conditions and supplier income in line with Musgrave policies and guidelines.

Set wholesale and retail selling prices and monitor portfolio and product margins to ensure that profitability objectives for both the company and customers are being met

· Analysing competitor pricing and promotional activity to ensure competitive position is maintained and appropriate for market conditions.

· Regular review of Retail Price position to ensure that category is within agreed Price Basket targets.

The Ideal Person:

  • Minimum of 2 years' experience working within a buying / trading team with responsibility for managing categories or product portfolios
  • Experience in data analysis and interpretation
  • Proven track record of delivering commercial results in a fast-moving environment
  • Experience of working on a cross functional or cross departmental basis

For further information on this opportunity, or any other position, please apply via the link below or contact Jack Groves via Vanrath in the strictest confidence.

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