We’re looking for a category replenishment manager to join us, and help us to ensure that our acquisition, refit, closure, and seasonal stores have the right products available when our customers need them most. At Co-op, we celebrate the fact that the communities we serve are unique. It’ll be up to you to manage the stock flow of products that are reflective of this, and if you can bring us the organisation and people skills we need, you'll have great opportunities to thrive and develop in a business that puts people, and communities, at the heart of its strategy.
As a category replenishment manager, you’ll support store openings, closures and refits, as well as stores affected by all kinds of events, from local village fairs, right through to nationally recognised events like music festivals and sporting spectacles. We’ll look to you to make sure that availability is maximised during these events so our customers can get what they need, when they need it. You’ll work closely with both internal and external partners to solve any availability problems as quickly as possible, using your great commercial acumen to think on your feet and make informed decisions. It’s a big job. But one that will make a real positive impact on the communities that we serve.
Please note that this is a Supply Chain role not Property/Estates.
What you’ll do:
• work with administrators, analysts and the wider team to manage the forecast of products
• analyse seasonal, monthly, yearly sales and availability to make informed decisions
• manage a team of 8 direct reports, taking on all line manager responsibilities for these colleagues
• create a roadmap and forecast requirements for future events
• manage any issues around stock availability and own conversations around this
• take ownership of a budget and manage spend
• build meaningful relationships with partners across retail and supply chain, as well as third party suppliers
• own the continual improvement plan for the functional area
This role would suit people who have
• proven experience of delivering continuous improvement in a large scale organisation (within a retail environment or supply chain)
• strong IT skills, with intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
• the ability to engage and influence partners at different levels of a business
• resilience and adaptability, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
• confidence in difficult situations, with the ability to think on the spot, push back, and recognise when to escalate
• great team management skills with a passion for motivating your colleagues
• experience of working in a large multisite business
• excellent communication skills both written and verbal
Here you’ll do work that matters. We’re a commercial organisation with a purpose beyond profit, you’ll have an opportunity to help us build a stronger Co-op and stronger communities. You’ll also get a package that includes:
• competitive salary
• coaching, training and support to help you develop
• pension with up to 10% employer contributions
• annual incentive scheme
• 28 days holiday (rising to 32 in line with service)
• discounts on Co-op products and services
Building an inclusive work environment
We’re actively building diverse teams and welcome applications from everyone. But simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We aim to build an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and recognise the importance of teams reflecting the communities they serve.
We can make adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances. You can find out more about Co-op people policies at coop.co.uk/peoplepolicies.
As part of your application you’ll need to complete an online assessment. It will take you around 12 minutes to complete this test.