Category Manager

Location: Warwick

West Midlands

Other information: 40 hours per week

Salary: Competitive Salary

Reference #: 130016

About the role:

We are recruiting for a Category Manager looking for a challenging and rewarding role. Requiring strong commercial and negotiation skills as well as resilience, you will be responsible for managing and driving the strategy on a range of products to deliver against stretching commercial targets. 

You will need to thrive on accountability and take a proactive approach to the management of your supply base, whilst ensuring you appreciate the needs of the customer, as well as competitor and market performance. You will need to be able tailor your communication style to suit your audience and offer our branch network the support they require as and when they need it.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Accountability for all Category supplier terms negotiations
  • Analysing data to understand trends and identify opportunities
  • Accuracy of product file and management of invoice queries that may arise
  • Driving your categories forwards, working closely with the marketing team to drive activity, awareness and performance
  • Accountability for the creation and management of strategic supplier relationships, clearly defining and maintaining preferred supplier relationships and product ranges.
  • Ensuring products meet customer requirements and statutory, quality and legal standards
  • Building strong relationships with your supply base to achieve strong pricing and service levels
  • Strong team player who enjoys working closely with others
  • Working cross-functionally with the Inventory, Marketing, Technical, Sales, & Operations teams to implement Category strategies and drive standard forwards
  • Actively engaging in people development, coaching, sharing best practise and driving succession planning to deliver a culture of continuous personal improvement.
  • Supporting and answering branch enquiries in a timely manner

What we are looking for:

  • Previous Category Management or buying experience
  • Strong commercial skills with ability to negotiate commercial terms at strategic level
  • Able to influence key stakeholders at a range of different levels inside and outside the organisation  
  • Analytical skills to cope with large amounts of data and interpret complex information to explore a range of scenarios and offer recommendations
  • Ability to make commercial decisions at speed and implement outputs across the business

About Wolseley

Wolseley UK is the country’s largest plumbing, heating and cooling trade specialist merchant and we aim to be the first choice specialist merchant for trade customers. Wolseley Infrastructure also supply some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects, serving customers in four key markets: civils, utilities, power and fibre, and hire. We’re the UK operating company of Ferguson plc, a FTSE 100 company with revenues of over $18 billion.

We supply 180,000 different products to over 100,000 customers every year. Join us and you’ll be part of a team that gets the right products to customers at the right price, in the right place, and at the right time. You’ll also enjoy extensive training and an award-winning pension and great rewards package. And, as part of the world’s largest specialist distributer of plumbing and heating products, you’ll have access to a wide variety of career opportunities.

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