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 0333 121 3345.
The seaside town of Worthing lies on England’s south coast, halfway between Brighton and Bognor Regis, in West Sussex. Settlement dates back to the Stone Age, and Worthing was a sleepy mackerel fishing town until the Georgian period, when grand building started springing up as it became part of the tourist trail. Much of the splendid architecture survives to this day, and the town now has a population of around 100,000.
The town is still best known as a holiday resort, Worthing does have a thriving economy that includes financial services (e.g. Aviva), pharmaceuticals (e.g. GlaxoSmithKline), government (HM Revenue and Customs) and the creative industries. There is a relatively strong manufacturing sector, too, which almost matches the employment attained by tourism-related industries. In the 1990s the town was particularly profitable, and its population are relatively affluent, especially for a town of its size.
Holiday resorts often suffer out of season, but this does not seem to the case with Worthing, which has managed to be productive and quite industrialised without sacrificing any of its Georgian charm. All this in combination makes it a place anyone looking for a Category Analyst position should put on their watch list if they live in the area – you may be surprised at what comes up.
Cast UK never stop working with procurement, logistics and supply chain clients and applicants from across the country, and are dedicated to filling each position with the best talent possible.
If you’re on the lookout for more information on the Category Analyst positions available in Worthing or anywhere else in the UK, please get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer.
Our regional specialists can provide detailed information about the potential employers, the available job types and the average expected salary.
With a wealth of experience in the fields covered, Cast UK’s team of recruitment consultants understands what it takes to be a successful candidate for every vacancy.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Worthing or source a new job in Worthing then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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