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Interim Category Manager

Jarvis Johnson
Competitive Rate
Closing date
30 Jul 2021
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Our Client, a leading supplier of prepared foods is looking for an Interim Category Manager for their site based in Wiltshire. They are looking for someone with a real passion for food along with an excellent commercial acumen. Will also need the gravitas & personal impact to gain an immediate high level of credibility with both external & internal customers/colleagues with excellent stakeholder management playing a critical part in the success of the role.

The role will fall INSIDE IR35

Reporting to the Head of Marketing, key accountabilities for the role are to:

  • Develop and deliver World Class category strategies to drive competitive advantage.
  • Identify gaps in the market to deliver new and incremental growth opportunities through product development 
  • Manage the B2B roadmap/pipeline of NPD and quality improvements, working closely with the NPD team and leading the briefing of new products 
  • Become the category expert and first call for external & internal customers 
  • Align senior internal stakeholders on a unified vision and strategy for Category Management 
  • Represent your team in both internal & external high level meetings 
  • Develop a deep understanding of the competitive landscape across all B2B markets to feed into strategic direction 
  • Work closely with the wider marketing team to maximise the product range, performance, clarity of range & communications to our customers
  • Drive cost efficiencies whilst improving product quality
  • Be the ambassador of continuous improvement and innovation to deliver world class product ranges which create competitive advantage
  • Oversee and develop Customer Tasting and Review Programme
  • Develop competitive pricing strategies across our product ranges which are mutually beneficial maximising margin potentials to the business
  • Support the business in related cross-functional projects

Required skills and experience include:

  • Experience in one or more of the following: 
  • Commercial management 
  • Category Management
  • Marketing



  • First rate presentation & influencing skills  
  • FMCG, preferably Food experience, ideally in Foodservice/Healthcare/Care Homes/Nursery Catering  
  • Strong numerical & analysis skills - ideally will need a clear understanding of pricing strategy and margin protection
  • Project management
  • Degree or equivalent
  • Consumer Research and Insight knowledge  

The Company

  • Established family owned food manufacturer
  • Well respected leader in their sector
  • Producing delicious, nutritious and sustainable products
  • Supporting British food and farming with a focus on using the best ethical and sustainably sourced ingredients

The role offers a competitive daily rate and is likely to be for 2-3 months. Start date ASAP. Please note the role will fall INSIDE IR35.

If you have experience in a Category Management experience within Food Manufacturing and would like to be considered for this assignment then please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-C4546 with an updated CV, an indication of your current daily rate and your availability.



Jarvis Johnson is a Specialist Recruitment and Interim Management Agency, set up by Technical Managers and “Placing Technical First” for the Food Manufacturing Industry.

We have a total database of over 6,500 candidates within our specialist areas of Technical, Quality and NPD, built up over the last 20 years.  

We identify candidates with specialist experience, seeking referrals from influential candidates within the market, combined with advertising on Food Industry specific and generalist job boards as well as searching external databases and our very wide LinkedIn Network.

We truly believe in building strong relationships with both our candidates and clients and we go the extra mile to find candidates who really fit in terms of experience, skills and personality/ culture fit.

If you’re an Interim Manager who wants to be notified on upcoming assignments or you are looking for a new permanent role and want to be kept updated on new vacancies then please email an updated CV together with location and remuneration details to 

If you are representing a Food Company and want to find out more about our Recruitment / Interim Management  services then please email  for a copy of our Terms of Business or call 01302 366967 to speak to our ex-Technical Manager Managing Director, Lisa Johnson


Find Us
01302 366967
70-72 Nottingham Road
NG18 1BN
United Kingdom
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