Category Manager - Jeddah

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Who we are 

We are a leading luxury retailer in the Middle East, with more than 600 stores, 300 brands, and over 65 years of experience in the region, we are the premiere destination for luxury goods. To fuel the next stage of our organisation’s growth we are looking to build a world class team. From physical retail through to supply chain and customer loyalty, we aim to use technology and data to continuously improve every aspect of our operations. We are looking for top talent to join us on this journey.

Ready to join our exciting transformation to become a hybrid retailer, bringing luxury experiences to the fingertips of our customers everywhere? Now’s your chance. By being part of our journey here at Chalhoub Group, you can make a real impact on customers and some of the finest brands in the world. In return, you’ll have everything you need to innovate your career.

What you'll be doing 

As a category manager you will be responsible for defining and driving the “offer” and purchasing strategy for different products categories and brands. You will also define the action plan for the categories, merchandising, promotional activities, prices and negotiations.

  • Develop the business plan of the Department in line with the strategic objectives of the Brand
  • Formulate and communicate the Department performance objectives and continuously monitor progress and alignment towards strategic objectives
  • Develop the Department policies and procedures in order to ensure the fulfilment of organizational requirements
  • Oversee the operations of the Department, provide expertise, encourage teamwork and facilitate related professional work processes in order to achieve high performance standards and staff pride in contribution
  • Monitor the yearly budget of the Department and control expenditure to ensure optimal use
  • Define the offer strategy for the stores in the designated area in alignment with the brand’s values
  • Validate the strategy with the GM/Captain
  • Negotiate annual commercial agreements and the commercialization of advertising spaces with the brands
  • Drive the development of the margin and the budgetary objectives
  • Category Performance Management:
  • Benchmark current performance vs. the competition and the peer market
  • Create different tools to improve the categories’ performance
  • Manage segmentation, seasonal activities, action plans for the stores; follow up on the results
  • Manage the existing catalogue, optimizing on the mix at the points of sale
  • Identify the products with potential and research new products
  • Develop a wide range of services (skincare – make up – lessons – etc.) to be adapted to each category
  • Prepare the periodic category reviews
  • Supplier Relations:
  • Create partnerships with the brands and follow up on the results
  • Handle the negotiations with existing and potential partners
  • Optimize the merchandising plan and the allocation of space vs. the volume of margin
  • Develop new merchandising aids, tools, and new concepts
  • Coordinate new openings (Brands/Merchandising/Promotions) or refitting of sales areas
  • Register newly imported brands to the market, in compliance with the regulations of each country
  • Benchmark current pricing vs. the competition and the peer market
  • Recommend adjustments on the pricing policy to the GM/Captain
  • Handle the production of the annual calendar for the brands promotions, launches, etc.
  • Assess the requirements and coordinate with relevant internal/external stakeholders (Marketing, Visual Merchandising, Suppliers, Category Managers and Logistics)
  • Negotiate with suppliers for the stock returns (discontinued and slow movers)
  • Assign individual objectives for employee performance management purposes, manage performance, empower staff, and provide formal and informal feedback in order to support professional development and maximize performance

What we can offer you 
We will help shape your journey with us through enriching experiences, learning and development opportunities and exposure to different assignments within your role or through internal mobility.

Our Group offers the opportunity to support careers that may span different teams, different job roles, different categories and even different countries.  We offer diverse career paths for those who show drive and passion as well as the desire to learn and grow.

Amazing benefits
We recognise the value that you bring, and we strive to provide a competitive benefits package which includes health care, life insurance, child education contribution, remote and flexible working as well as exclusive employee discounts.

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Jeddah

Chalhoub Group
23424 Jeddah Directions View page

DIVERSITY

With our people at heart, we believe in building a diverse work environment that nurtures and celebrates people’s differences, offers equal opportunities to all and ensures that our team members have a sense of belonging.

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