Assistant Category Manager, Trading - Boots UK

Job reference: 142195BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: Buying and Merchandising
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Secondment
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
The Assistant Category Manager will be instrumental in helping the organisation to achieve its Agile Transformational goals. Responsible for embedding an Agile culture, methodology, tools and techniques in order to help teams keep a delivery and learning cadence that helps to remain focused on delivering value against the organisational outcomes, while remaining creative and dynamic.

Responsible for guiding teams through the implementation process, encouraging colleagues and leadership to embrace the Agile mind-set and associated methodologies.

Key Responsibilities:

• Maximising sales, profit and market share by pulling the traditional levers of pricing, promotion, supplier management and range management, ensuring all plans are truly omnichannel
• Strong management of Gross Profit through driving Own Brand participation and supplier funding, while reducing loss and product write off.
• Flawless delivery of the plan with a strong focus on operational excellence across all KPIs whilst adapting where needed as things change.
• Using insights to drive the category: gathering and understanding a range of consumer and market insights to ensure the plan is built with the customer first. Ongoing analysis of performance to optimise in flight.
• Identify the role for Boots brands in the category, and work with Product/Brand teams to identify agile, profitable solutions where relevant
Support with the development and implementation of the customer and category strategy
• Feed into the budget and forecasting process
• Develop strong relationships with the supplier base on behalf of Boots, leading on detailed omnichannel plans with key JBP suppliers, negotiating the best plan, whilst always representing the organisation in a professional way
• Maintain strong relationships with key internal stakeholders, facilitating excellent cross functional collaboration – especially stores, digital,
product and marketing colleagues. Be expert in commercial and marketing process, accurately delivering to all necessary deadlines.
• Understand and demonstrate performance leadership skills within immediate team and amongst virtual team(s).

A bit about you:

• Previous experience in a commercial trading or buying role, with strong influencing and problem-solving skills and the ability to build a broad and diverse network
• Can confidently negotiate with suppliers and influence others.
• Attention to detail and communicates effectively with excellent written and verbal communication skills and can manage working in a matrixed organization.
• Commercially astute with the ability to build a plan that manages sales, profit and share. A strong understanding of the category trading account, the factors that influence profit, and the impact of cash, for both externally sourced products and own brands
• Ability to interpret data to generate insights to inform business decisions and can use your own initiative to create and/or seek out solutions.

A bit about the team:

Work right at the heart of the business and join us on the exciting journey we’re on.

Boots UK is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance and is the UKs leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. With over 2500 stores in the UK our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible. You can learn more by visiting

What we can offer you:

• 25 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays & option to buy an additional 5 days annual leave
• Annual discretionary bonus plan
• Market leading staff discount scheme including Boots Opticians - frames and contact lenses
• Competitive company pension scheme
• Flexible benefits scheme available ranging from private medical insurance, cycle to work scheme and many more
• Onsite Staff Shop, Opticians, Gym, Costa, Canteen and Dry Cleaning
• Boots Benevolent Fund - a registered charity that can offer support to eligible current and former colleagues in the UK, as well as their immediate relatives and dependants, at times of financial hardship

Diversity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.