Category Manager

Location Wembley
Discipline: Support Centre
Job type: Permanent
Published: 19 days ago

​We are regarded as the trusted decorating and DIY retail brand in Central London, selling paint, tools, plumbing, electrical & woodwork materials throughout our 29 stores. As part of the Grafton Group we have the stability and support of a leader in the field of Building Materials & DIY Retail. If you haven’t already you can find out much more about who we are and what we’re about at

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You will be responsible for ongoing management of our purchasing strategy and activity, ensuring optimal supplier performance and price, developing the strategy to ensure the function is operating in line with the objectives of the business to add value, mitigate supply chain risk and deliver cost savings.

Key to this with be developing and maintaining strategic supplier relationships and contract management to deliver continuous improvement in delivery of goods by the supply base.

What is the Category Manager accountable for?

  • Setting the annual category budgets with the Commercial Director and managing this effectively to ensure that the budgeted sales and margin figures are achieved.

  • Ensure that purchasing strategies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets, which enables the company to function and compete effectively in the market to include: Terms and conditions, supplier selection/de-selection, evaluation and rationalisation of supply chain solutions including supplier managed inventory, supplier consignments and safety stock

  • Evaluate the challenges faced by the business and take action to mitigate risks and develop opportunities, contributing to overall business strategy and annual budget process

  • Take ownership of the purchasing policy, guidelines and any associated documents

  • Initiate and develop creative and innovative procurement processes

  • Responsible for managing relationships and negotiating with key suppliers at a senior and strategic level

  • Negotiate contract terms with key suppliers to ensure value for money, quality standards and delivery terms with technical and operational input from stakeholders if appropriate

  • Provide leadership to departments under control. Coach, mentor and develop direct reports and manage a high performing team that delivers continuous improvement, added value and cost reductions

  • Set department objectives and monitor ongoing progress and performance

  • Ensure strong communication between teams under leadership to facilitate exchange of information and in order to implement change and improvements

  • Ensure that the function operates in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures

  • Managing end of line ranges and aged stock through the business whilst achieving budgeted margin targets.

  • Develop a promotional calendar and strategy for the year to achieve sales, margin, and market share target

What skills and experiences are we looking for?

  • Track record of delivering excellent financial results against budget

  • Track record of creating business strategies and implementing them across the business

  • Excellent and proven supplier management skills with a track record of developing great relationships

  • Track record of price management within a large retail operation

  • Experience managing & tracking supplier rebates

  • Experience of fast paced change management

  • Product benchmarking experience within retail

  • Ability to understand Company financial information

  • Delivery of excellent purchasing standards

  • Experience creating business reports and creating an action plan from this

How will we reward you?

On top of an attractive salary we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer click here to find out more!