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Category Planner

Job Title: Category Planner
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Middlesex, Middlesex
Salary: £35000.00 - £38000.00 per annum + benefits
Contact Name: Peter Hobson
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Job Published: 11 months ago

Job Description

Category Planner


£35,000 - £38,000 + Bonus & Pension

Role Profile

Our client, who is a Blue Chip FMCG manufacturing business, is looking to appoint a talented and experienced Category planner. You will be responsible for the 12-18 month forecast for your category across all retailers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Building a robust demand plan with inputs from Customer Management, Marketing for the category. Constructively challenging others to ensure opinion is understood. Proactively identifying and managing bias risk in the aggregated plan.
  • Lead the SC inputs to the key monthly meetings on the category e.g. with factories, marketing, Sales and Operational Planning and new product projects. Actively seeking to understand the wide picture to bring a collaborative solution to the process.
  • Take ultimate responsibility for the monthly update of the category forecast submitted to the factory and to finance including explanation of variances and risks and opportunities. Act boldly and decisively on delivering new, pragmatic ways to gain competitive advantage.
  • Manage the supply in from factories on a timely and cost effective basis negotiating the best supply plan solutions to meet demand, stock and Working Capital targets while minimising obsolescence
  • Clearly articulate key category information in a timely way, challenging the status quo and having the courage to "tell it as it is".

Skills & Experience

  • Strong communication skills, with an ability to express ideas, plans & priorities in a concise manner at all levels.
  • A common-sense and pro-active approach
  • Desire to represent the supply chain and to take decisions in a dynamic fast-paced environment, sometimes alone
  • Excel-literate i.e. more than very basic level
  • Good influencing and negotiating skills

Client information

Our client is a Blue Chip FMCG manufacturing business.

£35,000 - £38,000 + Bonus & Pension

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