Job Title
Assistant Category Manager (CS005865)
£18,000 - £23,000 (D.O.E.)
Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
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This is full time, permanent position (ideal Graduate position).

Our client, a fast growing technical distributor based on the outskirts of Marlow, is seeking an Assistant Category Manager to join their team.  Responsibilities will be to provide both category management support and financial administrative support to the Commercial Team, delivering a compelling customer proposition both online and in-store. 

Duties of the role will include:

  • Managing the day-to-day business of your categories, ensuring sales, net margin and rebates are achieved, re-negotiating cost prices and margin support as required
  • Carrying out daily competitor checks, stores and online
  • Selecting/negotiating comprehensive, compelling ranges
  • Negotiating and implementing the market, beating promotional plans
  • Responsibility for supplier negotiations and the drafting of new supplier contracts, outlining terms and conditions
  • Identifying/negotiating/delivering incremental revenue, including additional funding for promotional activity and rebates
  • Working closely with the Stock Planning Team to ensure availability of key lines is >95%, with the remainder >90%
  • Managing levels of clearance and aged stock within appropriate guidelines
  • Ensuring POS and promotional changes have been briefed to other departments
  • Developing and maintaining a keen awareness of the market at all times, anticipating product, price and new technology trends, actively seeking new opportunities to maintain a competitive edge
  • Developing and maintaining relationships across the business, including supply chain, online, store operations via branch visits and direct to fully understand the impact of purchasing decisions
  • Calculating financial support due from suppliers across the wider Commercial Team, following purchases, sales or marketing activity, raising financial claims to suppliers in an accurate, timely manner for all monies owed, including margin support and market funding
  • Maintaining the MS Excel-based “net margin” database from information provided by the Category Team and/or suppliers and using to produce daily reporting
Special Requirements / Additional Information: 
  • Previous experience in a finance role or a retail administration role  - essential
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Word and PowerPoint (Pivot tables, Vlookups)  - essential
  • Excellent attention to detail (accuracy a must)
  • Highly numerate with a methodical approach to work
  • Team player who is self-motivated, organised and has the ability to deliver to tight deadlines and multi-task
  • Excellent relationship building skills – maintaining good working relationships with key contacts
  • Confident and assertive in decision making
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills