Category Planning Manager - Food

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Kestral way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 14/03/2020

Category Planning Manager - Food

Shire Park, Kestral way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

About the role

At the heart of the Product division, every item (own-branded or branded), how it’s priced, promoted and displayed on our shelves either in-store or online, has been carefully selected by one of our brilliant buying team. Whether you're in the food or general merchandise team, we make a difference by ‘serving our customers a little better every day’.

This role uses insight to develop the category strategy across all channels through space, range, price, promos, activation and proposition development ensuring they deliver a great proposition for our customers, Tesco and suppliers.

You will be responsible for

  • Using category insight to define and execute a multi-channel category strategy (space, range, price, promos), creating a market leading customer proposition that drives sales and market share
  • Define a clear multi-channel and cross format plan that maxes the mix and achieves category objectives
  • Standing over price and price health in line with agreed category plans
  • Define the category trade plan to deliver a great offer for our customers in line with feature space principles
  • Delivering customer-facing activity across all channels (range reviews, promotions and events) to critical path
  • Managing image coverage online and over-see product data quality (taxonomy, search terms etc.)
  • Accountability for ensuring the range delivers against customer needs (Price, Serving, Tier, Need State) and operational requirements e.g. availability
  • Working across Supplier, Customer and Dunnhumby teams to deliver Customer activation in store and online.
  • Adhering to all Tesco policies, storage and handover protocols and successfully completing all my training so that I have zero GSCOP breaches. Follow our Business Code of Conduct and always act with integrity and due diligence
  • Ensuring all supplier agreements are recorded in writing, reporting GSCOP complaints to Legal within 48 hours of receipt, and leading a culture of compliance within my team
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence

You will need

Experience relevant for this job:

  • Strong analytical and data interpretation skills
  • Strong Influencing and communication skills
  • Experience of building cross-functional relationships across the business
  • Highly inquisitive with passion for the customer
  • Proven track record of making decisions on customer and market data


Operational skills relevant for this job:

  • Insight and strategy
  • Analysis & decision making
  • Customer focus, marketing, commercial and operational awareness
  • Ability to present, influence & mobilise multiple stakeholders (stakeholder mgmt)
  • Project/Change Management
  • Forecasting

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme where you can earn up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted “Gympass” membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes – Join our ‘Buy As You Earn’ & ‘Save As You Earn’ share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
    • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco
    • 10% off One Stop
    • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
    • 20% off all F&F purchases
    • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C’s apply
    • 25% off Tesco Café
    • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
    • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Hatfield & Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus & Hatfield Offices
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life’s challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About us

Tesco has become a market leader by doing the little things that really matter for our customers and colleagues. It is part of what makes Tesco such a great place to work!

We are the UK's number one retailer and we pride ourselves on offering a great shopping experience. We are passionate about our food, merchandise and services and will always try to get things right for our customers.

But did you know we also offer great job opportunities? With stores, distribution centres and offices across the UK, we have a vast variety of roles and we are always looking for people who have a hunger to work with customers and colleagues across our exciting business. We believe in treating each other with respect and giving everyone an equal opportunity to get on. It's our people that make the difference every day - helping us make a difference for our customers.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone is welcome and truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings to enable us to serve our shoppers a little better every day. We strive to create a workforce that reflects our customers not only here in the UK, but worldwide. Our aim is to attract and welcome a diverse range applicants from all walks of life and we would love to hear from you!

NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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