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Category Director

Salary negotiable
North East
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Category Director. Global Retailer

The Group
This global retailer strives for sustainable growth in profit, volume and market share and aims to be the best in their field. They set the standard for consumer excitement in their market through systematic and aggressive investment, expansion and new product development.

Voted a Top 10 UK Employer by the Sunday Times for three consecutive years, the group has a strong commitment to employee satisfaction, establishing the development of an ‘enjoyable’ working environment as one of their key drivers. ‘Colleagues’ enjoy a balanced but challenging work environment which encourages comprehensive feedback across all levels, skills transfer through professional development, career advancement at pace and cross-functional movement. In conjunction with its focus on employee satisfaction, the group gives special support to local communities, through council partnerships as well as development of local industry and suppliers. These initiatives reflect the key values of the business:

• Respect for the individual
• Service to the customer
• The pursuit of excellence

The Role
Category Director, Beers Wines and spirits. The position entails responsibility a portfolio of £2 billion and a significant leadership challenge (30-strong team). Ideal candidates should have a substantial buying/category management background in the grocery retail sector and an outstanding track record of inspiring a multi-functional team. The incumbent is charged with the strategic development of this high profile category.

The Ideal Candidate
• High achiever with a good track record of career progression
• Succinct and clear communicator with superb interpersonal skills, comfortable in large groups
• Exercises values which are meritocratic not hierarchical
• Strong process orientation
• Demonstrates a flexible attitude whilst maintaining a clear focus on one’s goals and objectives.
• Demonstrates the following Key Behaviours:

o Effective influencing skills
o Excellent communicator
o Resource Management
o Best Practice across disciplines
o Delivers goals
o Change orientated
o Recognised coaching skills
o Forward looking

The Rewards
On offer is a market leading remuneration package, including generous bonus scheme and part ownership in the business (one of the largest Share Ownership plans of its kind in Britain).