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Junior Category Manager

Company:  Exertis UK
Salary:  DOE plus quarterly bonus


Contract Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  13-Mar-2023

We have a fantastic opportunity to join our office supplies sales team as a Junior Category Manager. Your primary focus is to develop and execute a range of category plans within the local market growing the category in a proactive and dynamic way. You will drive local buying efficiencies, rebates, and cost pricing, whilst working with internal and external stakeholders to deliver agreed targets. This role offer a great opportunity to grow and develop within an established company. We offer hybrid working with a minimum of 50% of your time to be spent in our office based at Lowfields Business Park in Elland. 

Your Day-to-Day as a Junior Category Manager
•    Analyse daily sales, margin, and inventory level of the category and resolve any issues found.
•    Respond to customer requests.
•    Work with the purchasing Team to ensure optimum stock levels at all times.
•    Analyse discontinued stock and obsolete SKUs, propose an action plan for problematic SKUs.
•    Work with the Commercial Manager to develop and execute category growth plans, identifying new opportunities to grow the Office Products business.
•    Effectively negotiate promotions and campaigns, forecasting the volumes and making the bridge between departments
•    Conduct regular vendor reviews, to include pricing and range reviews, ensuring that all documentation is complete and accurate.
•    Manage all financial KPIs.
•    Ensure delivery of local operational tasks to include the maintenance of all data required by the business on the company systems and interactions with the other departments within Exertis. 
•    Continuous negotiation of Price & Stock protection.
•    Monitor and react to the changes and developments in the local market for your categories, using supplier and customer information and interactions.
•    Communicate local issues/requirements clearly to the wider business including the other divisions of Exertis.
•    Conduct customer visits as required (the role holder will be required to travel throughout the UK on occasion).
•    Demonstrate a strong awareness of and commitment to Ethics and Compliance and the DCC Group Code of Conduct.

Role Requirements
•    Proven successful track record in a similar role, ideally in Office Products.  
•    The ability to act with (external & internal) customers in mind, getting first-hand customer information and using it for improvements to products and services.
•     Awareness of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace and drive commercial performance.
•    Working style of being highly action orientated and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging, making decisions and acting to tight timelines where appropriate.
•    The role holder will need to demonstrate a proven ability to learn quickly to overcome new challenges; be open to change and experiment to find workable solutions; also quickly grasp the essence and the underlying structure of any issue that crops up.
•    Intermediate level Excel skills, with the ability to understand data, draw accurate conclusions and communicate key messages succinctly.


What’s in it for you?
It’s important to us that our people love what they do and in turn, we put together a benefits package that rewards a job well done. We’ll give you:
•    25 days holiday from start increasing up to a maximum of 27 days with length of service
•    Access to a Cash plan provided by Healthshield
•    Income protection scheme (including access to a wellness early intervention scheme)
•    Access to our cycle-to-work scheme
•    Employee assistance program
•    Death in service
•    Holiday purchase scheme
•    Loyalty award at key service milestones
•    Enhanced, Maternity, Shared Parental, Paternity, and Adoption pay
We value diversity and inclusion and champion a culture where everyone feels valued, included, and celebrated. We’re open to conversations about flexible working. If it’s right for our customers, our business, and you then we’ll do what we can to support it.