Category Director

Category Director

Ref: JO-2111-109557 | £80000 - £110000 per annum + + Car Allowance + Bonus + Benefits | Location:Surrey, England | Added:05/11/21

Quest Search & Selection are currently partnering with this omni-channel retail business who is looking to recruit a Category / Buying Director within their food and FMCG categories.

Roles & responsibilities of this Buying Director role –

  • End to end accountability for a multi-million sales & profit delivery across the retail division
  • Working with the board & leadership team of up to 4 direct reports and a team of 12-15 underneath
  • Overall, responsible for the development, and management of the ranging process through robust category management principles, including regular reviews of space vs. sales at a store level.
  • To deliver long term EBITDA targets through the management of pricing and gross margin.
  • To drive sales, profitably, through delivery of effective promotions, range development, and NPD through their wholesale, retail partners and suppliers directly
  • Laison with the Operations Director regarding store performance concerning product and availability.
  • To lead the trading team, by demonstrating appropriate behaviours to upskill and manage performance
  • Manage the Commercial partners for strategic decision making
  • Manage the logistics function including responsibility for contractual negotiation
  • Lead innovation and focus into ranges to deliver differentiation
  • Developing new and existing supplier relationships
  • Driving the commercial objectives of the company

To be successful in this Buying/ Category Director role –

  • Have a proven background at a Category, Buying or Trading Head of Director or Senior Management level
  • Must have current or previous grocer experience – ideally from the top 7 Grocers
  • Have a track record of building and driving forwards a commercial category
  • Leading & developing a team of Senior/Buying Manager levels
  • Have a strong commercial instinct
  • Have a great balance across the perceived leadership behaviours that will be complimentary in delivering commercial success whilst adhering to the customer requirements
  • Ability to lead and coach to deliver outstanding results
  • Proven track record in delivering results
  • Ability to work in a complex and fast moving environment, simplifying messages and play a significant ‘shaping role’ within the bigger business.
  • This role is based on the south of England so would suit someone in the Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, or Dorset location.
  • Excellent communication at all levels including influence at a C level

Benefits that are included in this Category Director position –

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Lucrative Bonus up to 30%
  • Car Allowance
  • Contributory Pension
  • Free parking
  • 25 days holiday

If you feel that this opportunity is the right level for your development, please send your cv today quoting the reference JO-2111-109557

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