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  • 12.01.2021
  • Purchasing
  • Head Office Dublin

Category Manager

With over 5,000 colleagues across our stores, warehouses and offices in Ireland and Northern Ireland we are a big and ambitious team. We know our people are our greatest asset and our success is down to the commitment and dedication of our team.
In this role you will complete a strategic purchasing function at a national level working closely with the national buying team, while also collaborating with the Category Management and Shopper Insights Team in our International HQ in Germany. The main aim of the position is to ensure that our customers' shopping experience is the best it can be and to help in optimizing our product offering to our customers. You will work across several business areas including purchasing, merchandising and marketing and will look at Lidl's shopper needs and analyse data to explore consumer behaviour.

The Role

The Role
  • Supporting departments across the company with the handling of shopper insights/CM data
  • Working closely with the buying team in completing category reviews across the year
  • Acting as a partner for senior management in shopper-related issues and integration into Lidl Ireland’s national strategy
  • Working in close collaboration with the Category Management team in Germany across projects including development of international reports and of international CM concepts
  • Working on local shopper insight projects (from conception through to implementation)
  • Supporting the content-related design of Category Management supplier meetings
  • Analysing shopper indicators for various categories, including representation of sales potentials
  • Working closely with market research companies, including the further development of methods, continuous quality checks and interpretation of data
  • Reviewing key seasonal performances e.g. Easter, Christmas, Halloween etc from a category development perspective and identifying opportunities for growth

Your Profile

Your Profile
  • Third level degree, ideally in a Business discipline
  • Experience in Category Management in the Irish FMCG sector, on the Manufacturing or Trading side
  • Experience working with consumer panels (e.g. Nielsen, Kantar, GfK etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of shopper marketing/insights within Ireland
  • Fluent in English (German will be an advantage but not a necessity)
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Confident with Microsoft Office
  • Confident and competent manner, even in challenging situations
  • Ability to work independently
  • Willing to take occasional business trips (e.g. to International HQ in Neckarsulm, Germany)
  • Full driving license is essential

What you can expect

What you can expect
  • €60,000 rising to €75,000 after 4 years
  • 25 days holiday per annum
  • Flexible start and finish times
  • Private employee medical insurance
  • Initial training and on-going development from an experienced team member
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • Dynamic work environment
  • New office facility
  • On-site gym and canteen


We look forward to your application.

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