Smith Carey
Highly Flexible Home Based Location
Basic up to c£65k plus 10% bonus, £6.5k car allowance & full Paye benefits
27 Nov 2020
10 Jan 2021
Category Management
FMCG, Food & Drink
Business Type
Brand / In-house
Contract Type
Freelance / Contract


Global blue chip UK operating division with a highly recognised on health trend household brand leader operating across a number of fast paced chilled food categories. 

Supported with huge investment and a consumer lead strategic business plan, my client has achieved enormous growth within the major UK trade channels over the last 5 years and is fully aligned to continue this growth including creative innovative NPD plans.

The highly capable and agile commercial team operate at pace with a collective can do attitude in putting consumer insight and high performance category management best practice at the forefront of all that they do and achieve day in day out… In short they achieve category and brand growth!

They are now looking to appoint a highly qualified maternity cover Senior Category Manager to the team on a 1 year fixed term contract.


  • This is a hands on role where you will take the lead in shaping and implementing an effective category strategy within the Wholesale and Convenience retail channels, working cross functionally with the National Accounts and Brand Marketing teams.
  • The role will report to the Head of Category, and has all modern category management tools and an abundance of consumer insight data available to help you shape both channel and major customer category strategies, which you will then take forward to share and influence key customer stake-holders.
  • With a highly flexible home based location, the role will involve travel to UK customers and attend the midlands-based head office 2 days per week, post Covid!


  • This role requires a minimum of 5 years category management experience gained within a major high performance category led branded food or drink business.
  • You have ideally gained your category management experience within the wholesale/convenience retail channels and can demonstrate a strong level of knowledge and RTM experience together with category growth success in this complex yet highly important arena.
  • Alternatively, you are an accomplished senior category manager with high experience of managing the leading grocery retail multiple accounts and looking for your next career move, or an experienced Category Controller looking for your next interim fixed term contract.
  • You are highly proficient in shaping consumer insight into effective category strategies, and have a natural flair and ability to present and influence a compelling category led story.
  • You are highly personable, open to lead and support, and love to work as part of a highly motivated team thriving on delivering world class category management performance.

If you have the experience and skill set to hit the ground running and make a hit in this role, please apply today, and send your CV quoting MS/2166.

Closing date for applications 21st December 2020.