Assistant Category Manager

 Coles Supermarkets  Hawthorn East 

Requisition ID: 53187 

Employment Type: Full time 

Good things start here

This could be the very first step towards an exciting new career with us – a fresh beginning. At the Coles Group, these are moments we live for.

Starting good things is what drives our purpose: to sustainably feed all Australians so they can lead healthier, happier lives. With a team of 120,000 people and an iconic portfolio of Australia’s most trusted brands, we’re perfectly positioned to turn a promising start into a whole lot more.


The Merchandise team at Coles plays a critical role and pride themselves on building sustainable long term supplier relationships, developing new range offers and ideas, and working on convenient, healthy solutions.

You’ll find us working across all business units at Coles Supermarkets, Liquor and Express. Supermarkets is one of the largest teams at Coles, but we’re a close-knit group that come from all over the world. We’re passionate about working at the forefront of merchandising and making sure our customers have quality products at the right price.


About the role

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Category Manager within the Beverages team. This is a complex role that will see you leading trade planning, running events and promotional plans and leading projects across the category to deliver our strategic pillars and help our customers lead healthier, happier lives.


What you'll be doing

You will assist the Senior Category Manager in growing profitable category sales, maintaining strong supplier relationships and supporting the customer-centric category strategy.


You'll also:

  • Have end to end accountability, managing forecasting and range reviews.
  • Manage the collection, in-put and maintenance of all category data, including promotional systems, data systems and new lines.
  • Deliver against the overall category strategy.
  • Execute the category’s pricing, promotion, range selection and layout development.
  • Develop strong supplier relationships to effectively partner and execute goals.


Good things you'll need

  • Previous experience as a Assistant Category Manager within retail, or FMCG industry.
  • Strong commercial acumen with experience applying this to interpret industry dynamics and competitive retail landscape.
  • Skills within procurement/sourcing of products.
  • Project Management skills and experience.
  • Knowledge of the merchandising function and processes.
  • Strong analytical skills demonstrated through proactively sourcing customer insights and data to formulate category recommendations.
  • The ability to build and articulate category strategy.
  • Experience working within cross functional teams to manage and execute projects.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills, with both internal and external stakeholders.


Given the state/ territory of the position you are applying for, and to enable Coles to provide a safe environment for its team members, there may be a requirement for you to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before commencing work for Coles, unless you are medically exempt.

Given this, you will be required to disclose your COVID-19 vaccination status as part of your application for employment with Coles. You may be required to provide further evidence of vaccination status as part of your application.

Why Coles?
You’re joining a culture that truly cares about your wellbeing, values what you do and celebrates your success. We’ll invest in you and your career with best practice training, development, and leadership programs. You’ll also receive fantastic team member discounts across our supermarkets and brands.

As part of our focus on achieving a gender balanced workforce, we belong to the WORK180 network as an endorsed employer for women. Our commitment to helping all women thrive in the workplace includes initiatives such as our recently updated parental leave policy, flexible working options and our Employee Assistance Program.

You can explore all this and more at our Coles Careers website. 

For everyone who shares our passion
We encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability. We’re happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs – so reach out to us at > Careers for everyone > Disability employment.

We’d love to meet you
If you have the skills, experience and motivation to succeed in this role, please take the next step and submit your application.