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Category Manager

Blue Spark
Home Based
Closing date
24 Mar 2021

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Sales & Marketing
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

The Company

Do you like the thought of joining an exciting food category within a large FMCG business where you can share and indulge your passion for Category Management? This company is growing and constantly increasing market share.  They are seeking an experienced Category Manager for a 12-month fixed-term maternity cover contract (home based with one day in the office in South East).  

The Role

In this fast paced and challenging role you’ll be responsible for the day to day category management of a range of delicious short shelf-life food products for the major UK retailers. Reporting to the Head of Category Management, you’ll be applying your commercial insight to provide world class marketing standards and strategically develop new business opportunities based on consumer data and category performance.

With your flair for identifying shopper and consumer trends you’ll anticipate the direction of the category, working closely with the internal teams to lead the category agenda for both own label and licensed products. You’ll manage a number of customers and be able to understand their objectives, form strong, proactive relationships to unlock mutually beneficial growth.

In the role of Category Manager, you will be responsible for delivering trusted category advisor status through a deep understanding of customer's business and market environment to deliver unrivalled levels of category support. In addition, you will carry out range, space, and promotional performance analyses and recommendations, demonstrating category expertise and leadership.

The Person

Suit a really talented and experienced category manager who has a proven track record of working directly with retailers on own-label products and very importantly taking them to market. You will have strong analytical skills to interpret consumer insights from multiple data sources (Neilson, Kantar, Retail Link, Dunnhumby) as well as effective spreadsheet analysis skills. Having an ability to influence is paramount as you will be required to influence at all levels internally and externally.

If you have a passion for category management and have a drive to exceed customer expectations, you are the type of person we are looking for.


Although we do our utmost to respond to all applicants, there are times when this is just not possible due to sheer volume so if you have not heard from us within 5 working days then we are sorry to say your application for this role has not been successful.

Also, please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.


Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection

• Advertised Search

• Executive Search

• Database Search

• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Find Us
0345 2600 737
34 - 36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
RH16 3AL
United Kingdom
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