Senior Category Manager - Maternity Cover

Location
Linton
Salary
Competitive salary
Posted
27 Jul 2017
Closes
17 Aug 2017
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type
Permanent

Senior Category Manager - Maternity Cover

Senior Category Manager – Maternity Leave cover (15 month placement)
  
Modern Dalehead – Fresh Thinking!

Dalehead is a division of Tulip Ltd, one of the largest meat processors in the UK. We operate five sites across the UK, supplying Waitrose with over 400 products, including fresh pork, bacon, sausage, cooked meats, lamb and added value products. Dalehead as a business boasts an impressive integrated supply chain, producing outdoor bred, free range organic food products for Waitrose. We are investing in innovation and are currently looking for talented people to join us on our journey to deliver our strategic plans. If you have a passion for the food industry and are looking for a great company to work for, then read on!
 
We are looking to recruit  a Senior Category Manager to join our Commercial team based at Linton, just a short distance from Cambridge, to provide maternity cover, this is expected to be for a 15 month period commencing in October. 
 
Leading a small team including a Category Manager and Category Executive and reporting to the Commercial Director for Waitrose fresh meat categories, you will have overall category responsibility for lamb, pork, bacon, gammon,  sausage, Slow Cook and BBQ. Leading your team, you will be responsible for providing Waitrose shopper, consumer and market insights to shape, challenge, build and deliver specific category plans against agreed business and Waitrose strategic priorities – acting as a consumer champion within our business.  You will work closely with your Commercial and NPD colleagues to define an overall category approach and growth plans through understanding shopper behaviours. Challenging current thinking to drive continual improvement within the business, you will also be strategic in driving change through packaging innovation, merchandising/space planning analysis and optimum ranging and store distribution.  Constantly reviewing ways to develop and increase business for both Waitrose and Dalehead.  You will also be responsible for leading and developing a small team through coaching. Working in a unique supply chain, you will also be responsible for working in conjunction with the agricultural teams to maximise opportunities to communicate Waitrose points of difference through media planning and marketing spend.
 
About you:

We are looking for an individual of graduate calibre with proven experience at category manager level within an FMCG environment, ideally within the food sector. You must have exceptional communication and data interpretation/analytical skills with an in depth knowledge of using 3rd party databases and thrive in a fast moving consumer lead business.   You must be passionate about providing the highest level of customer satisfaction and have a keen eye for detail as well as have proven team management skills, with the ability to develop and coach those reporting to you.    In addition to all this you must have proven influencing skills and the energy and tenacity to continue to drive change for this Waitrose dedicated business.  This exciting role will require a degree of flexibility as it will be based from Linton but will also involve significant travel to Bracknell, the head office for Waitrose, as well as to other sites within the division
 
People Are Our Difference!

We value our workforce and are fully committed to developing our people and allowing them to show their full potential. If you are as serious about food as we are and ready to help us make a difference, we would like to hear from you.