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Assistant Category Manager

Rugby, Warwickshire
Remote Working
Remote Working
Job Type
8 Sep 2022

If you've not already heard, City Plumbing is growing and growing fast!

Next up on the City Plumbing Rocketship is for an Assistant Category Manager or an Assistant Buyer to join our Category team, creating and delivering winning Category plans that will help improve profit and sales across our increasingly growing business.

Why should you be excited about this Assistant Category Manager opportunity?

As our new Assistant Category Manager you'll have the opportunity to engage with suppliers and stakeholders, progressing your Category career to new heights as we embark on plans to grow our consumer and our trade offerings!

Interested to find out more? Read on to find out more about this Assistant Category Manager position!

The Role:

2022 has turned out to be a huge year for our Digital & Online transformation. We've recently become a stand alone business with private-equity backing making several business acquisitions.

This is an opportunity for someone who has worked within Category, Buying or Procurement, to progress their career and look to gain basic management experience.

We have a long track record of investing in our colleagues who have joined us and progressed their careers further by progressing into higher opportunities, so you will need to be strong at negotiating and know how to influence stakeholders and suppliers!

This means you'll focus on:

  • Supporting the overall commercial strategy by growing and managing our product base and business performance.

  • Own the customer proposition and drive innovation of new products.

  • Build relationships with suppliers to maximise business opportunities.

  • Working closely with our supply chain to ensure product availability and management of stock is adhered to properly.

  • Make sure all administration tasks are completed in a timely manner.

This is a hybrid-based opportunity with true flexibility to work from home, but you should be within commutable distance of our newly refurbished offices in Crick, Northamptonshire.

This means you could be based in Corby, Coventry, Hinkley, Kettering, Leamington Spa, Leicester, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Market Harborough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Northampton, Nuneaton, Oundle, Peterborough, Rugby, Rushden, Tamworth, Wellingborough, as well as Crick itself.


You'll live and breathe our Customer First ethos, with an innovative and agile approach to problem-solving. You'll enjoy working collaboratively with the wider Category team and you'll be committed to acting with integrity and honesty in everything you do.

Required skills and competencies:

  • Experience working within a Category, Buying, or Procurement role.

  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.

  • Experience in working with spreadsheets either Excel or Google Sheets.

  • Motivated and proactive in supporting the wider team.

It is highly likely you will have worked in any of the following roles and/or markets, and worked with the following products and/or services: Buying, Procurement, Category, Commercial, Negotiation, Procurement. Building, Construction, Retail, FMCG, Manufacturing, Mechanical.

Who are we ?

From boilers to bathroom suites, tubing to towel rails and everything in between, City Plumbing has all the products our customers need to complete plumbing & heating jobs. The exciting bit however is the growing Energy Efficiency part of our business, creating new opportunities to engage with suppliers, range new products!

We're proud of our reputation for selling quality plumbing and heating products to both trade and retail customers and we're super excited about our future. We offer our employees great company benefits and the support of a team who values your development as much as you do.

Benefits Package and Cultural Environment:

  • Discounts, savings and cash back at numerous retailers

  • Savings on driving lessons, phone bills, gym memberships as well as further benefits

  • Life assurance

  • Bonus

  • Extended family policy including maternity, paternity, additional annual leave and more

  • Mental Health First Aiders and Employee Assistance Programme, let's be there for each other

  • Complete induction and a company that lets you grow and encourages development

  • Financial education and loans

  • Flexible working options

  • Striving to create an environment of inclusion so everyone can be their true self

  • And more!

We're passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. Bring your whole self to work regardless of age, disability, gender identity or reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We don't want you to 'fit' our culture, we want you to enrich it.

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  • Job Reference: 707318204-2
  • Date Posted: 8 September 2022
  • Recruiter: CITY PLUMBING
  • Location: Rugby, Warwickshire
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Retail & Consumer Products
  • Job Type: Permanent