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Category Co-ordinator

Job Title: Category Coordinator
Location: Unitas Wholesale Ltd, 3 Carolina Court, Wisconsin Drive, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 5RA
Reports To: Commercial Controller
Job Purpose: To take a lead role in managing the end-to-end core range process, providing business tools to positively improve Group sales, associated collateral & income stream


Key Accountabilities:

Core Range Management:

  • Manage all critical paths/timelines associated with Unitas’ Retail Core Range guides in line with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), budget & performance parameters set by the business
  • Positively manage internal & external stakeholder relationships; working with Unitas Trading & Marketing teams, key FMCG suppliers and external agencies required to deliver the end-to-end range management process
  • To draw knowledge from Industry, Supplier, & internal sources (insight, sales & trend data, to provide range and merchandising direction for both Unitas’ Retail & Out of Home (OOH) Foodservice/On Trade divisions.
  • To keep up to date with market trends, policy or legislative changes that could affect Unitas Members & their extended customer base, using these to influence ranging advice, and communicate these to the appropriate stakeholders across the Group
  • To build & strengthen supplier relationships into order to drive their investment into distributable revenue from these programs
  • To improve range, category & analytical tools across the group structure.
  • To maintain an accurate & up to date portfolio of Promotional & Retail planograms (core, extended, regional, seasonal & personalised ranges), through the use of the Relex Customer Centric Merchandising (CCM) platform and various Member communication tools

Plan For Profit & Bar & Kitchen: 

  • To support initiatives that grow Member & ‘Point of Consumer’ sales, and strengthen the overall performance of the Unitas Group; facilitated through retail Plan for Profit (PfP), and OOH Bar & Kitchen (B&K) programs
  • To oversee the PfP ‘Focus On’ Program – 3-weekly Retail Category spotlight publications – managing content, income stream, production budget, & selling tools required to deliver targeted company revenue
  • To provide the commercial & Planogram content for PfP Instore View – 3-weekly Retail promotional presell

Symbol Retail Development Support:

  • To support Unitas’ field-based Retail Development Managers (RDMs), providing the tools necessary to establish Core Range standards across Group Symbol stores
  • Centrally manage budget, expenditure & invoicing of the processes associated with the Retail Symbol/Fascia Store development program

Industry Knowledge Required:

  • Understanding of the Independent/Convenience channel for both Retail and Wholesale
  • Understanding of the Out Of Home channel preferable

Key Skills, Experience and Qualifications Required:

  • 2+ years’ experience in analytics, marketing, supply chain, or a related business field (preferably within the Convenience Retail/Wholesale channel). Foodservice & On Trade knowledge a bonus
  • Formal Category Management qualifications & experience – preferably CCM or similar systems – ability to produce store layout & merchandising planograms
  • Working knowledge of relevant Microsoft/Reporting tools is essential, in order to manage
    data analysis & output
  • Degree in business studies, computer science or suitable analytical qualification is desirable
  • Experience with SQL, Power BI or similar is desirable
  • An understanding of digital marketing principles & tools is also desirable

Personal Qualities Required:

  • Strong project management, organisational/planning skills, and attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Superior analytical thinking skills – the ability to manage large amounts of data, and be comfortable assembling and evaluating information in both quantitative and qualitative formats.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Self-motivated and able to demonstrate own initiative to overcome challenges, and own processes end-to-end
  • Commitment to solving problems with a positive attitude.
  • Reliably follows instructions and procedures, with the flexibility to cover other roles in the department.
  • Excellent communication skills and the capacity to build good working relationships with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders
  • Customer focused and understands the importance of this to the business.
  • Demonstrates integrity, a strong work ethic and upholds company values and principles
  • Demonstrate commitment to equality and diversity
  • Complies with Health and Safety responsibilities and legal requirements relating to the role, in line with Company Policies

Competitive Salary & Benefits

This Job Description describes key areas of the post but is not exhaustive.
The Job Description is subject to review and amendment in line with the needs of the business

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