Category analysis is a key strategic role, assisting with the profitability of the company by minimising waste and eliminating overstocking and under-ordering. The modern role involves a good deal of computer analysis but also plenty of interpersonal work with suppliers and those at the customer-facing side of the business.
Much of the work will be involved with identifying trends and predicting future events that will influence the needs of the categories under your control, particularly by identifying opportunities and threats. Just as important will be looking into your own past actions and judging whether or not they corrected the problem and if there was improvement, identifying areas where even more efficiency can be introduced into the system.
Regular contact with suppliers will be required as it is they who will ultimately determine whether your plans can be fulfilled. Since they will have their own supply needs, the accuracy and timeliness of your projections will be key to maintaining supply.
The category analyst will also need to keep abreast of new procurement technologies and systems as these might be able to provide long-term efficiencies to the company.
Depending on the size of the employer, the category analyst will report directly to senior management or to intermediated category managers.
Superb analysis skills will be required for this role, and although much of the number crunching will be computerised, there’s a strong human element to the role. The category analyst will be required to keep in touch with national and global news and cultural events which could influence future opportunities negatively or positively. You must have the confidence in your results to take action in a timely and effective manner.
Experience of the specific sector in question is usually considered an advantage in category analysis, as some trends might be unknown to outsiders. Good Excel experience will usually be considered essential, and skills in SAP, Oracle and Business Objects are often required.
Cast UK are dedicated to filling roles in the procurement sector, so whether you are looking for promotion or moving home or just feel the need to try something different, please give us a call.
Because of the calibre of talent we provide, employers consider us a vital part in their recruitment process. Many employers trust us to provide a shortlist for interview, saving them time and money and ensuring the candidates we suggest are best suited to the roles.
We are always welcoming new candidates, so do get in touch and get yourself on our books, even if you’re not looking for work right now; you never know what opportunities will arise in the near future!
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Category Analyst for your business or find you a job as a Category Analyst then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
Sharing a border with Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex, as well as Greater London, Hertfordshire is one of the Home Counties.
It is a popular location for commuters to the capital, with mainline rail services to Euston Station and the Metropolitan line. It also offers a wealth of choice for those seeking Category Analyst vacancies.
During its long history, Hertfordshire was home to the Romans and Normans; in the Industrial Revolution the region benefited significantly from its proximity to London and its population increased dramatically.
Settlements within Hertfordshire include Hertford, Hitchin, Hemel Hempstead, Watford, and Letchworth, which became the world's first garden city in 1903. What's more, Stevenage was the first to redevelop as part of the New Towns Act 1946.
Since the 1920s, Hertfordshire has played an important part in the British Film Industry, with a number of studios in Elstree. Television programmes such as Big Brother UK and EastEnders are filmed there, while Leavesden Studios has been responsible for the filming of blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter and James Bond.
In addition, a variety of well known companies have headquarters or large facilities in Hertfordshire in industries ranging from retail to pharmaceuticals and hospitality to aerospace. These include Tesco, GlaxoSmithKline, JD Wetherspoon, BAE Systems, T-Mobile, Ocado, Camelot, TK Maxx, Costco and Balfour Beatty.
To find out more about the Category Analyst positions available in Hertfordshire, contact Cast UK today.
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We understand the intricacies of what each role requires and we will provide you with the advice and assistance you need to find a role that suits your skills, qualifications and objectives.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Hertfordshire or source a new job in Hertfordshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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