Category Development Manager

Date: 08-Oct-2021

Location: GB

Company: Accolade Wines

About us

At Accolade Wines, our purpose is to enrich everyday moments. As one of the world’s leading wine companies, our award-winning portfolio includes beloved brands such as Hardys, Grant Burge, St Hallett, House of Arras, Mud House, Jam Shed and many more. We are one of the largest wine producers in the world – we’ve been around since 1836, and our portfolio has won a total of 8,846 international wine show awards in the last decade.

About the role

The driving force behind our business is our people – we have over 1,500 staff across Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and the Americas, and every one of us is passionate about making the ordinary extraordinary through our amazing wines.

We are now recruiting for a Category Development Manager to join our Category & Insights team. You will be responsible for delivering our category vision in partnership with focus customers in your channel, building on our already strong category leadership position. In addition, you will align with your Trade Marketing, Brand Marketing and Sales colleagues to ensure that the internal team is aware of the category risks and opportunities to grow within our customers.

This role is based in our Weybridge office with hybrid working available.

This role is full-time and permanent.

Key responsibilities include:

•    Design and deliver a short to medium term category activation plans within designated customers on our focus categories across range, merchandising and promotions.
•    Utilise the full suite of insight sources to identify the key drivers of category performance and highlight the risks and opportunities to our priority customers.
•    Leads elements and is integral part of the creation and delivery of the organisation's category vision
•    Work with the Brand, Insight and Sales teams to create compelling category selling stories
•    Own the relationships on a day-to-day basis and be proactive at managing the needs and expectations of immediate internal and external customers
•    Influence both internal and external stakeholders through insight
•    Develop critical category business questions with the customer to stimulate relevant research

What you’ll bring:

•    At least 3 years’ experience in a marketing or sales role in an FMCG environment
•    Category development and/or Insights experience
•    IT and digital skills – competent in Microsoft Office plus other agency or retailer specific software (e.g. Dunnhumby, Kantar WorldpanelOnline, Nielsen)
•    Planning, project management and organisational skills – develop and maintain reports, spreadsheets and presentations
•    Experience in using planogram building software
•    Proactivity, excellent organisational skills and a passion for wine!

What you can expect:

An annual wine allowance, on top of your salary! You heard right – you’ll get money to spend on our amazing wines, as well as a fantastic range of benefits including a gym subsidy and employee assistance program. Plus a whole host of career opportunities across the world. And wine. Oh, also – wine.

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