About Us:
Fruition Recruitment is a Geelong based, and Geelong exclusive, boutique recruitment firm that specialises in talent acquisition, executive search and talent advisory. With a reputation for providing industry leading results, Fruition works hard to provide a fresh alternative to transactional sales-driven agencies and is a business that clients love working with and candidates trust. We are working on this vacancy on behalf of our client.

About our Client:
Our client is an award winning retailer, known for industry leading convenience, exceptional food and coffee, personalised service, and community focus, and with their head office in Geelong and sites across a number of locations and states, they know their people, their offering, their products and their customers are their defining point of difference. The next couple of years is gearing up to be incredibly exciting as they embark on some transformational projects that will see them significantly investing in their products, their team, the customer journey and technology. In line with this, and with an enviable internal culture, supportive management and a bright future, a new opportunity has now emerged for a Food Category Manager to join the team on a full time basis.

About the Culture:
This working environment is one of the best out there. Collaborative, supportive, friendly, open and engaging. On one hand the culture is relaxed, down to earth and fun, but on the other, business activity is fast paced and agile with an accompanying growth mindset. Here you’ll find loads of well humoured office banter, celebrating success and community orientation. Everyone is respectful and well intentioned, and there is a genuine focus on teamwork, internal promotion and giving back, where self improvement and development is both encouraged and applauded.

About the Opportunity:
The Food Category Manager role is responsible for influencing consumer demand to deliver new means of competitive advantage and value generation. Positively contributing to supplier relationships through identifying and implementing agreed strategies to grow the food and coffee categorises, you’ll develop, lead and execute strategic customer centred category plans, optimise value outcomes and meet all stakeholder needs and expectations on sales, profit and market share growth, based on quality business analysis and research. Driving cost savings and category thought leadership to unlock growth, you’ll achieve a high level of performance across all promotional campaigns and seasonal product launches. You’ll assist to build content, support marketing offers across digital platforms, and execute creative production. Leading supplier negotiations on contracts, costs and best prices in order to deliver the best possible category and supply outcomes, you’ll develop effective planograms, develop food products, packaging and equipment, and be responsible for space allocation, and product analysis and performance. You’ll also contribute to the food safety program, kitchen production management, implementation of training modules and recipe book development and updates. Playing an important role within internal and external category management teams and working groups, you’ll work collaboratively with various cross functional teams to ensure a high standard of new product development, product presentation, promotion, conversion and customer experience. You’ll also manage products to ensure consistent supply by identifying, remedying and mitigating potential risks and resolving customer or store issues promptly and effectively.

About You:
With a passion for food, coffee, the customer and for delivering strong results, you’re ready to bring your proven commercial acumen to a business in which your input would be invited and recognised. Both hands-on and strategic in your approach, you thrive on using new knowledge and data to create meaningful and useful intelligence. Experienced in strengthening vendor relationships, you have a proven history of driving revenue and profitability by collaborating with external stakeholders and other business functions. With strong analytical and interpretive skills and accomplished influencing, written and verbal communication skills, you’re capable of understanding the impact of decision making on the business and are a keen problem solver and lateral thinker. Having had previous experience in food category management and sales, preferably within a multi-site operation, you’ll ideally be complemented by tertiary qualifications in Retail, Sales, Marketing, Business Management (or a related discipline), or have had equivalent on the job experience within a comparable environment. You’ll have experience with online delivery platforms, food safety and handling practices, recipe building and food costing and have sound equipment knowledge. An engaging, personable and confident person with good energy and a positive mindset, you’re a proactive relationship builder and work effectively with others to achieve business goals. You have excellent planning and prioritising skills and you know how to apply and drive business analytics to measure performance results and develop and deliver strategic sales marketing campaigns that pack a punch!

About the Perks:
This an excellent opportunity to work with an outstanding and highly engaged team and to join a leading employer with a strong company culture that would truly value you, your opinion and what you do. A role with variety, challenges and reward, and with competitive remuneration, staff discounts, onsite parking and more on offer.

About Applying:
For further information on this opportunity please contact Lauren Hogan of Fruition Recruitment directly on 0439 351 629 to discuss in absolute confidence. To apply, follow the links or email lhogan@fruitionrecruitment.com.au with your CV.

Please note, hand delivered CVs or office drop ins will not be accepted (candidate meetings are by appointment only) and due to the large volume of applications responses we receive to our advertised roles, we’re only able to contact shortlisted candidates. If it has been more than 7 business days since the date of your application and you haven’t heard from us but would like some specific feedback on your application, please feel free to contact us directly and we’d be happy to discuss with you.

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