Junior Category Manager – Food & Coffee

Somerset or London
Full Time
£42,000 PA
9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Closing Date:
30th March 2021

Enable Futures are operating as an employment business on behalf of its client for a Junior Category Manager– Food & Coffee working on a 5 Month Fixed Term Contract to work based from home with the offices in London. You will be joining a business that has over30 years of award winning experience in creating, rolling out and managing bespoke customer food services. Their clients include a selection of blue-chip companies in various industries. They offer a range of consultancy services drawing on their in-depth knowledge of the food sector and have managed projects in South America, North America, Asia, Scandinavia and severalEuropean countries!

The working hours are 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday toFriday. The annual salary is £42,000 PA dependant on experience. The role is remote working, the offices are based in London & Somerset. Some travel to team meetings may be required during those five months but the majority of the role is remote working from home.


Their retail sites not only have to provide customers with the best fuels, but they cater to customers increasing demands for convenience shopping and quality food-to-go. As a Junior Category Manager for Food & Coffee, you will be responsible for carrying out the necessary analysis of sales and category performance supporting the profitable growth ofConvenience Retail. The purpose of the role is to support the Senior CategoryManager for Food & Coffee. This involves carrying out detailed analysis of the Food-to-go & Coffee offer, KPI reporting and working closely with the key strategic category partners.


The role will be responsible for using the insights from the weekly analysis to understand category dynamics and performance, identify gaps for opportunities and proactively suggest adhoc projects to fully own from end to end, in order to drive performance and continuous improvement for profitable growth. Specific focus areas being sales, waste levels and operational excellence such as driving improvement in uptime on Coffee machines as one example.


Key to this role is having a strong analytical mindset, ability to deal with conflicting priorities, work at pace in a fast moving environment and a close attention and accuracy to detail. The JuniorCategory Manager – Food & Coffee will need to support in general problem solving, provide administrative support and answer queries from the Sales &Operations team. Finally, there is also a need to understand the dynamics of the wider Retail environment, using external market data, competitor analysis and the flexibility to visit sites.



Key Responsibilities:

To support Key Performance Indicator (KPI)reporting to ensure that the business is performing in line with budgeted targets and contractual requirements. This includes weekly sales reporting, category deep dive analysis, utilising the new Category Analytics Portal (CAP),promotional effectiveness and any ad hoc retailer reporting.

To ensure that strict attention to detail is applied to all reporting to ensure accuracy of sales data and circulating at the agreed weekly/monthly deadlines.

Provide analysis and structured commentary on analysis and insight as necessary eg promo analysis and utilise this data to drive positive outcomes.

Ownership of project deliverables and outcomes.

Constant review of agreed KPIs and taking timely and effective action if required such as issues with promotional set up or product master file.



Qualifications, Experience & Skills: 

Qualification and training in Category Management.

Direct experience and a clear understanding of theUK Food & Coffee business will therefore be imperative.

Experience of using retailer data and accessing customer data sources.

Strong Excel skills and ability to use PowerPoint or similar presentation tools.

Strong presentation skills.

High degree of IT competence in all MS Windows packages.

Experience of using SAP Business Objects would be a very strong advantage.

External competitor landscape understanding.

Food retail experience.

Strong analytical capability, especially in Excel.

Self-starter, effective even with limited supervision.

Problem solver.

Attention to detail.

Managing conflicting priorities.

Effective team player and contributor.


In return, you will benefit from:

25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays

Health care scheme