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Category Manager for the Retail Grocery Trade (Customer Facing Role)

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Date: 21-Sep-2022

Location: Egham, SRY, GB

Company: Kerry

About the role

A Category Manager role at Kerry is like no other! You will be at the forefront of an innovative and fast moving business where you will be looking after high-growth categories and products within the big 4 retailers, whilst also looking at our own Kerry branded products and ensuring best product and shelf placement is key.

You will work cross functionally across the Marketing and Commercial businesses within Kerry whilst also having exposure to new and upcoming innovation projects such as growing the plant based and dairy free snacking space!

This is a hybrid role- working 2 days in the office and splitting the rest of your time between customer sites and remote working.

Like the sound of that? (let’s be honest who doesn’t love a snack!) then carry on reading and apply below!

About Kerry

The aim to shape the future of food might seem ambitious to some, but to us in Kerry Taste and Nutrition, it's all in a day’s work.

Kerry is dedicated to helping create better-tasting, more authentic and nutritious food and beverages. We produce safe, quality products that help feed millions every day.

At Kerry, we believe in giving talented, curious people the opportunity to make a difference.

We work as a team, searching for the best ways to inspire food and nourish life.

We’re a community of innovators, working across disciplines to solve global food challenges with a fresh approach. We want you to achieve whatever you put your mind to.

What will I be doing?

In Kerry we put the customer at the heart of everything we do. Our Category Managers are the key to success of the region by driving and nurturing relationships, growing categories and bringing insights and direction to our customers,

  • You will manage and conduct range and category reviews with relevant retail partners in the GB Market.
  • You will manage the day to day relationships with Customers that ensure we are a key part of their Category Strategy processes, range reviews and captaincy consideration enabling us to drive growth for Kerry DCF
  • You will implement category vision plans in conjunction with marketing, insight and commercial teams.
  • You will look at on-going prompt, actionable analysis, interpretation and dissemination of external continuous market data sources including IRI, Kantar, Dunnhumby, etc.
  • You will ensure distribution, space and quality of space targets are met or exceeded.
  • You will support and deliver excellent execution in store.
  • You will be accountable for tracking KPI’s and working with the Category, Commercial, Marketing and Brand Managers to support performance delivery through cross-functional Natural Qork Teams and Growth Teams
  • You will look at the understanding of macro environment, shopper dynamics and retailer landscape and driving actions based on this through the Marketing and Commercial functions.
  • Contribute to the management of complex stakeholder groups up, down; within and outside of Kerry Foods
  • You will work cross functionally undertaking key strategic projects and managing those successfully to completion

What do I need to be successful?

In Kerry we understand that people have very different career trajectories and experiences. In order to be successful in this role we would be looking for a number of Kerry Leadership competencies and aptitudes as well as your proven track record of success in a Category role.

  • The ability to deliver insights to support category arguments drawing on different data sources - Intermediate or advance level in Excel & Intermediate or advanced level in specific Category Management tools i.e. IRI, Kantar WPO, Dunnhumby Shop etc
  • Experience with the Retail Grocery Trade
  • Contribute to the management of complex stakeholder groups up, down; within and outside of Kerry Foods
  • You will work cross functionally undertaking key strategic projects and managing those successfully to completion
  • Contribute to the management of complex stakeholder groups up, down; within and outside of Kerry Foods
  • You will work cross functionally undertaking key strategic projects and managing those successfully to completion
  • Ability to utilise continuous, qualitative, loyalty and retailer specific management information sources
  • Ability to develop competitor matrices.
  • Understanding RSP hierarchies /tiering and promo mechanics.
  • Understand roles and importance of segment in a category, analyse and recommend changes.
  • An understanding of the principles /methods of effective merchandising and space planning practice.
  • Understanding basic financial measures affecting category performance
  • Ability to communicate with retailers and internally across functions.

 

What's in it for you?

Opportunity for career development, matched pension scheme to up to 10% and access to an employee assistance program and employee benefit platform. 

In Kerry we benefit from the knowledge of our colleagues who bring a diverse range of cultures, backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences.

One team fostering an inclusive culture that, above all, inspires food and nourishes life.

One culture where everyone brings their unique perspectives and experiences to help make us better, together.

We are committed to nurturing an environment of positivity and inclusiveness, where everyone can be at their best, both personally and professionally.

Our recruitment, selection and assessment process are based on the skills and competencies of the specific roles and based entirely on merit. We are committed to and value Diversity and Inclusion in all recruitment processes within Kerry and do not discriminate based on gender, race, class, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, political beliefs, veteran status, marital status or any other protected characteristic.

 

Get in touch today- we look forward to meeting you!

 

In Kerry we know that sometimes the perfect candidate doesn’t exist and people can be put off applying for a role if they don’t fit all the requirements. If you are excited about working for us and have the majority of the skills or experience then please do apply as you could be exactly what we are looking for.