Maxi Zoo Ireland, Ballincollig, Cork
Who We Are
Maxi Zoo is Ireland’s number one pet retailer with twenty nine stores to help with all your pets needs.
Maxi Zoo is part of the Fressnapf Group, the European market leader in pet products. The Fressnapf Group with 1,900 shops across Europe. Maxi Zoo is Ireland’s largest pet retailer and has 29 shops in Ireland.
A Category Manager is required for a full time position within Maxi Zoo Head Office, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.
This role is part of a busy purchasing team, and will commence in December 2023.
As a member of the purchasing team you will be responsible for ensuring that Maxi Zoo has the best product assortment available to customers for your assigned area and that we have consistency of product placement on shelf. Supporting our growth, your focus will be on the implementation and executing of business processes with a strong focus on data and analytics. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated candidate with previous experience working in a retail buying/ category management team.
Core tasks and Responsibilities
Managing the product range portfolio and category plans to ensure that it reflects consumer and market trends
Work with local supply partners to deliver market beating/ exciting promotional trade plans
Setting retail prices and product margins to ensure that profitability objectives for both the company and competitive everyday prices for customers are being met
Regular visits to Maxi Zoo stores
Monitoring category trends and make recommendations based on your insights
Foster positive working relationships with management teams in our 29 stores
Collaborate with our corporate centre in Germany about new product lines, all correspondence is done in English
Present new product lines to management teams and stores to outline the benefits of each
Liaise with internal departments Finance/Marketing/Purchasing Department to determine upcoming promotional activities, product placement, store layout
Develop exit strategies for poor performing product lines
Qualification and Experience
Third level qualification
Minimum 2 years’ experience working within a buying/ category management role
Exceptional organisational, analytical & data management skills
Experience in using SAP and Spaceman desirable
Strong IT skills with experience in using Excel functions such as Vlookup and Pivot Tables
Team player in a fast paced environment with a high level of dedication and commitment
Strong commercial acumen combined with excellent written and oral communication
Attention to detail and multi-task skills is essential
Full clean driving licence
Why join us?
- An opportunity to grow with Europe’s largest pet retailer
- Hybrid working (3 days remote and 2 on-site, after initial onboarding)
- Flexible working opportunities
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Paid annual leave
- Employee Discount – up to 40% discount that can be used within each store
- Sick pay
- Free on-site parking
- Cycle to work & Refer a Friend Scheme
- A career that offers a work/life balance
Maxi Zoo is an equal opportunities employer