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Head of Category - Electrical Beauty Photo and Suncare

Support Office»Buying & Merchandising


Job Reference: 2 2 9 0 2 0 B R

Nottingham Support Office


37.5 Hours

Level 4

Recruitment Partner:

About the role

The individual will be a key member of the business unit leadership team. This person will need to build big relationships across multiple stakeholders in order build and shape the future of the categories that they lead directly, as well as the wider business unit performance. This will involve exec level engagement to support the delivery of the overall business retail 3YP.

  • You'll require expertise in understanding the consumer & market trends and be able to translate these into actionable plans
  • Have a high level of knowledge around managing a category P&L with full responsibility for articulating performance
  • Understand and can utilise the potential of Boots Brand Own Label as an important driver for success
  • Be able to develop supplier relationships, our brand partners believe in you to deliver the future growth in the market and these relationships will be with influential leaders within our suppliers
  • The role will have direct line management responsibility for a team. Direct reports to include leading and developing individuals to deliver departmental targets

What you’ll need to have

  • Capable to build strong relationships up to General Manager level in our suppliers
  • A true expert in retail and category management with a wide depth of experience across multiple categories
  • Someone who creates commitment and belief in others – playing a key role in ensuring suppliers and internal stakeholders are bought in to the vision for the future of the business
  • Strong commercial awareness with a deep understanding of customer needs and motivations – able to translate insight to strategy to trade plans which capitalise on customer and market opportunities
  • Adept at handling and leading in times of change and ambiguity, exploiting market and category development. Identifying opportunities before our competitors, leveraging, protecting and growing our brand value each step of the way
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills for commercial decisions and gain credibility at all levels in the business
  • You will inspire not only your own team, but also individuals across the organisation who support the category, effectively leading a virtual team within the business unit, with CoEs and potentially across business units

Our benefits

  • Boots Retirement Savings Plan
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Generous employee discounts
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave pay and gift card for anyone expecting or adopting a child
  • Flexible benefits scheme including holiday buying, discounted gym membership, life assurance, activity passes and more.
  • Access to free, 24/7 counselling and support through TELUS Health, our Employee Assistance Programme.

We have a great range of benefits in addition to the above that offer flexibility to suit you - find out more at Please note, any salary estimates given on third-party sites are not provided or endorsed by Boots and may not be accurate.

Why Boots

At Boots, we foster a working environment where consideration and inclusivity help everyone to be themselves and reach their full potential. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, passionate about embracing the diversity of our colleagues and providing a positive and inclusive working environment for all. As the heart of everything we do at Boots, it's with you, we change for the better.

What's next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.

Where a role is advertised as full-time, we are open to discussing part-time and job share options during the application process. If you require additional support as part of the application and interview process, we are happy to provide reasonable adjustments to help you to be at your best.


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