Category Manager Job Description

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Category Manager Job Description

Job Title: Category Manager


Location: [Insert location]


Reports to: [Insert position]


Job Purpose:

The Category Manager is responsible for overseeing the purchasing and merchandising activities of a specific product category or group of categories within a retail or wholesale organization. They will work closely with suppliers and sales teams to ensure the effective promotion, stocking, and pricing of products in their assigned category.


Key Responsibilities:


• Develop and execute category strategies in line with company objectives

• Monitor market trends, competitor activity, and customer needs to identify opportunities and risks within the category

• Manage supplier relationships, negotiating contracts and ensuring the timely delivery of goods

• Analyze sales data to identify trends and insights, using this information to inform pricing and promotional strategies

• Work closely with the sales team to develop and execute effective promotional campaigns and optimize product placement

• Monitor inventory levels and make recommendations for stock replenishment or clearance

• Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including marketing, operations, and finance, to ensure the effective management of the category

• Prepare regular reports on category performance and present findings to senior management




• Bachelor's degree in business administration, marketing, or a related field

• Proven experience in a similar role, ideally within a retail or wholesale environment

• Excellent communication, negotiation, and relationship-building skills

• Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities

• Ability to work effectively under pressure and prioritize tasks effectively

• Knowledge of the product category and market trends

• Proficient in Microsoft Office and related software


Physical Demands:


• Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time

• Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times


Working Conditions:


• Primarily office-based, but may require some travel to supplier sites or other company locations