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I have an exciting role available for a Category Manager.

About the team.

The Category manager will work closely with the Heads of Category, other Category Managers, Category Marketing Managers, FSP's and Category Assistants to ensure the team is fully aligned across partner brands and working towards the category’s strategy.

Leading the team, you will keep Customers at the centre of our decision making and you will have responsibility for planning the right range, promotions, pricing strategy and making sure products are there when customers need it most.

About the role.

Alongside working with our biggest brands - you’ll enjoy significant breadth, with day to day responsibility for the key performance indicators, ongoing range development, stock position, supply chain management, development of trading plans, whilst being able to demonstrate the profitable deployment of marketing specific to the category with the support of robust DI.

Importantly, you’ll also be responsible for leading, supporting and helping develop a high performing team.


  • Full end to end financial accountability of the departmental category, with daily responsibility for Sales, Margin, Stock, Cash, Returns and Supplier Contributions/Terms.
  • Required to develop and source a fit for purpose, compelling range which meets the demands of our customer, is aligned to market trends, insight and aligned to any divisional framework.
  • Responsible for the development and management of the category’s promotional & price proposition which drives the most profitable outcome, whilst also delivering headline sales growth expectations.
  • Responsible for supplier relationships including the on boarding of new partners that fill a specific need/gap for the category - whilst also getting the best out of our existing partners (be that improving commercial terms, or finding new, exciting ways to develop our proposition).
  • Demonstrate a continual curiosity to interpret data/insight, with the aim of driving P&L efficiencies/reduction in the cost base versus category return i.e. assortment optimisation, operational efficiency, minimising product returns.


  • Solution and delivery focused - a decision maker who can work under pressure, obsess over the customer, and make the right choices to benefit their experience.
  • Demonstrates strategic thinking & strong commercial acumen
  • Creative, passionate and innovative.
  • Positive, driven and brings energy to the role.
  • Ideally 3 years+ product lifecycle experience in a multiple retail/Multi Channel business with significant online presence – or experience that could be transferrable to our business and industry.

Our benefits.

  • Flexible, hybrid working model
  • £6500 flexible benefits allowance to suit your needs
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Bonus potential (performance and business-related)
  • Up to 25% discount on

How to apply.

Please note that the talent acquisition team are managing this vacancy directly, and if successful in securing this role, you may be required to undertake a credit, CIFAS and CRB check.

What happens next?

Our talent acquisition team will be in touch if you’re successful so keep an eye on your emails! We’ll arrange a short call to learn more about you, as well as answer any questions you have. If it feels like we’re a good match, we’ll share your CV with the hiring manager to review, and then be in touch to move to the interview process. Our interview process is tailored to each role and can be in-person and remotely. We will always look to make the adjustments you need to bring your best self to interview.

About us.

We’re The Very Group – home to and a 3,250-strong team of super talented people, all passionate about making good things easily accessible to more people so they can live life well. We combine amazing brands and products with flexible payment options that help people say yes when it matters most.

Equal opportunities

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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