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Category Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

Reporting to: Lead Category Manager                      Based: Wellingborough / Watford / Eccles

Job Summary Maximising the profitability of specified product categories, improving customer satisfaction, and cash profit. This role will be within Edible Grocery. 


Role Responsibility

The development and implementation of category plans ensuring delivery of sales, margin and profit are met whilst maintaining continuity of product availability.

Growth of own brand business, sourcing as appropriate to grow sales and margins.

Annual negotiation with suppliers to ensure competitive terms year on year.

Seek and react to customer feedback at every opportunity, shaping the category plan, whilst linking to the sell plan and customer satisfaction.

Respond to customer queries and complaints professionally, at speed.

Be able to communicate category plans and objectives for relevant product categories, ensuring understanding and buy-in is achieved

Ensure my product area in the business centres reflect the principles of good, better and best.

Working as part of the senior team to identify opportunities and develop or improve ways of working

Leadership of your  category assistant team, manage performance and have effective succession plans in place supporting Booker in ‘Making Everyone Welcome’ and A Place to Get On’.

Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence championing diversity and inclusion

You will need

Operational skills relevant for this job

Exceptional communication & stakeholder management

Be able to work independently, to problem solve and make commercial decisions

Attention to detail, writing of reports, interpreting data and keeping of accurate records.

Maintain knowledge of relevant markets  and category developments

Strong level of MS Office literacy (Word/Excel/Powerpoint)

Ownership of cross category promotional plans.

Ability to flex work approach


Experience relevant for this job:

Educated to degree level or equivalent

Extensive experience of working in FMCG in a Senior Buying role.

Excellent attention to detail with strong interpersonal and analytical skills.

Have a proven record of being a self-motivated team player with a pro-active and positive approach.

Wide experience of category commercial sales/margin forecasting and management with demonstrable achievements.

What's in it for you

At Booker, along with being a great place to work and giving you an opportunity to get on in your career, we also offer the following fantastic package of benefits:

  • A Booker colleague card with 10% off purchases at Booker and double discount events up to three times a year.
  • After 3 months service, a Tesco colleague discount card with  10% increasing to 15% off most purchases at Tesco for a 4 day period after every four-weekly  pay day, ie. thirteen times a year.   In addition to 10% off at Tesco Cafe and 20% off all F&F purchases.
  • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile for yourself, along with further great deals through-out the year.
  • Up to 30% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank.  Terms and conditions apply.
  • 50% off complete glasses purchases and free eye tests at Vision Express.
  • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy.
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases including a cycle to work scheme.
  • After 3 months service, you can join our annual Save As You Earn share scheme which allows you to buy Tesco shares in the future at a discount.
  • Retirement savings plan (pension) - save up to 5% and Booker will match your contribution.
  • Life Assurance - You are covered for death in service life cover of up to three times annual pay
  • Health and Wellbeing support and resources including our 24/7, confidential Employee Assistance Programme for you and your family.   
  • A great holiday package

About us

Be part of something special.  Join our team at Booker.

Booker is the UK's leading food & drink wholesaler. We are privileged to serve independent retailers, caterers and small businesses, from locations across the country. 

Booker Group comprises of Booker Wholesale, Makro Wholesale, Booker Retail Partners, Booker Direct, Classic Drinks, Ritter Courivaud and Best Food Logistics.  Our customers include Premier, Family Shopper, Budgens and Londis retailers and we have one shared aim - improving choice, price and service for all our customers.

Our business is incredibly diverse, so it takes a wide range of skills to deliver the exceptional service our customers require.

Wherever you join us, you’ll be part of an organisation that will help your career to keep moving forward.

*Booker Group is part of Tesco plc, however is operated separately from the core Tesco business and as such the benefits offered will be different from those offered at Tesco*


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