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Category Manager

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
Non CIPS member
At Henkel, you can build on a strong legacy and leading positions in both industrial and consumer businesses to reimagine and improve life every day. If you love challenging the status quo, join our community of over 50,000 pioneers around the globe. Our teams at Henkel Adhesive Technologies help to transform entire industries and provide our customers with a competitive advantage through adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. With our trusted brands, our cutting-edge technologies and our disruptive solutions, you will have countless opportunities to explore new paths and develop your skills. Grow within our future-led businesses, our diverse and vibrant culture and find a place where you simply belong. All to leave your mark for more sustainable growth.

Dare to make an impact?

  • Develop the Channel & Category Strategy for some of our most ambitious growth channels: Value Retail & High Street
  • Lead Category Management projects following the Henkel Category Management 'Blueprint'.
  • Work to maintain and/or achieve Category captaincy to enable the business to drive and own the customer category agenda.
  • Champion and proactively lead 'shelf excellence' including range, fixture layout and POS creation to aid shopper navigation and increase penetration.
  • Work cross-functionally with Brand Marketing & Sales to identify opportunities for growth within the categories.
  • Create compelling category sell-in stories consulting and in close collaboration with sales & brand marketing team e.g. for NPD
  • Initiate and execute Channel Audits & Channel Plans within the annual planning cycle.
  • Plan & coordinate yearly omni-channel shopper activation calendars (incl. merchandising planning) based on channel and brand plans.
  • Present and align the channel & shopper strategy and recommendations with the UK/IR Leadership Team
  • Manage and plan channel budget spend.
  • Manage and develop one direct report.
  • Degree educated (Bachelor or Master), ideally in related fields such as marketing & business
  • Knowledge of Value Retail/High Street channels & merchandising experience preferred
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to analyse big set of data while drawing key summary insights & recommendations
  • Experience with Nielsen/Gfk/Kantar/IRI/Dunnhumby/EPOS data
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: comfortable in challenging the status-quo with out-of-the-box and critical creative thinking
  • Team Player & Experience with managing a variety of stakeholders internally & externally (customers, agencies)
  • Able to foster strong customer relationships based on trust
  • Learning agility and high energy level
  • Naturally takes initiative and seen as a problem solver
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills to various levels of seniority
  • Excellent command of MS Office

At Henkel, we come from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. We believe the uniqueness of all our employees is the power in us. Become part of the team and bring your uniqueness to us! We welcome all applications across different genders, origins, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, and generations.

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