Category Planner -

Posted 20 June 2023
Salary £75000 - £85000 per annum
Job type Contract
Discipline Operations
Contact NameMark Wilkes

Job description

Senior Category Manager - 9 month contract - £75,000-£85,000 per annum (£320-£360 per day PAYE).

Our client, a technology-driven, retailer/e-tailer are currently hiring for Category Planner to be responsible for the overall strategic plans for customer proposition, understanding the customer need and industry landscape.

As a Category Planner you will demonstrate customer and category knowledge, be an advocate for a quality customer experience, identifying medium-and long-term growth opportunities and risk identification, partnering across the organization.


  • Leverage the latest proposition, insights, marketing, merchandising and competitor analysis to create data books to inform category mission strategy
  • Build Strategy for Store & online - overlaying store type clusters and geographies.
  • Bring the plans together and define strategy - where are the synergies across Stores and Online, where do we need to have different strategies
  • Build assortment strategy - linking to above mission plan how do to define total count / vendors to manage
  • Develop data lead SKU strategy by mission/category across stores and online
  • Define SKU shape / taxonomy across channels
  • Create roadmap to execute, e.g. working with merchandising to manage range review program


  • 2+ years' experience in a similar role in a Retail/FMCG, buying, category management, retail consultancy role.
  • Experience in a big 4 grocer (Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda or Morrisons) or grocery discounter (Aldi or Lidl) woud be a distinct advantage

This is a full-time, PAYE contract position for an initial period of 9 months with the option to extend and/or become permanent (although this is not guaranteed).

This contract is available on a hybrid working arrangement with the expectation to be in the London office 2-3 days per week.

Please apply online to be considered.