Category Manager

Posted 11 April by Wickes

Wickes is an exciting, fast paced, changing environment. We strongly believe our culture is one of the many reasons people join us as well as the opportunity to excel and get involved in different initiatives, we’re a great bunch.

We are looking for a Category Manager to join us on a permanent basis in our head office in Watford. You will be responsible for the pricing and overall promotion of our Electrical and lighting category to maximize consumer appeal. Relationships with vendors and product range management will also be part of your duties.

We are looking for someone with extensive experience in understanding consumer needs and the retail environment. They must have a commercial mindset and full comprehension of marketing and sales principles. Exceptional communication skills are also key for this role.

The goal is to increase sales and profitability of business to drive sustainable growth.


Product Strategy

  • Set a clear and customer focused category strategy to deliver growth in sales and profit.

  • Develop and build category plan, to deliver market share growth, informed by internal and external insight to maximise commercial position and provide the best customer proposition.

  • Trading Management (delivering the plan and numbers)

  • Drive sales and profit through an activity plan including promotion, advertising and PR in alignment with the framework set by Marketing, Direct Channels and Operations Departments.

  • Managing SKU level cost and retail price in line with pricing and promotional strategy

  • Deliver or exceed budgeted sales and margin whilst maintaining or growing market share.

Supply & Sourcing

  • Build profitable supplier partnership to develop market position.

  • Develop a clear sourcing strategy to ensure the supply of quality products that meet the customer need through the most efficient route to market.

  • Develop high performing business partnerships with key suppliers to maximise business opportunity.

  • Manage supplier base to ensure that they meet all of our requirements using supplier KRA’s and 100% availability.

Leadership & Team Development

  • Develop and lead direct reports to ensure individual growth and maximising of potential.

  • Driving engagement with the category and its plans; be a visible ambassador/champion of your

category, driving understanding through the business


  • Experienced in category management or buying

  • Developing & executing a category strategy

  • Motivated to achieve targets/deadlines.

  • Excellent attention-to-detail, planning and organisation skills.

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills (verbal and written) at all levels.

  • Excellent planning, time and project management skills.

  • Experience of managing a team

What we can offer you?

Wickes is more than just the nation’s favourite DIY store. We’re part of the Travis Perkins Group, one of the UK’s top employers and that’s why the first thing you’ll notice at Wickes is the way everyone pulls together. It’s a place where we’ll ask for your ideas, listen to your opinions and value the contributions you make. Chances are you’ve never experienced anything quite like our culture. All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be. If that sounds like you, we’ll make you feel right at home

Our strong family values and 'cornerstones' lie at the heart of the success of our journey - from family business to forward thinking business. If matching your ambition to our culture is an exciting prospect, there's never been a better time to join us.

And if, like us, you put customers at heart of everything you do, you can expect to be rewarded with a full package of perks on top of a salary that grows with you as you grow in our business.

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