Category Manager - Food Dressing

 Coles Supermarkets  Hawthorn East 

Requisition ID: 51108 

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 are looking for a proactive, performance driven individual with Category Manager experience to join the Grocery Pantry Team in the key role of Category Manager Food Dressings.


What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the BCM Pantry, the role will be responsible for the commercial delivery and Category Management of Food Dressings comprising of five individual exciting categories - Cooking Oils, Herbs & Spices, Sauces & Relish, Mayonnaise & Salad Dressings and Vinegar.  The portfolio is in substantial growth currently delivering sales of $650m per year and is responsible for bringing flavour to our customers everyday meals.


The successful candidate will lead a range of long term strategic projects linked to operational efficiency, customer shop-ability, supplier sourcing and sustainability. The variety of supply chains across the product portfolio is substantial and having strong relationships with international suppliers is integral to the business continuity planning. The successful candidate will have a fantastic opportunity to continue driving Own brand flavour innovation and creating more sustainable supply chains.  The current Category Manager leads and develops a team of 2 direct reports, a Business Category Coordinator and a Buying and Trading Graduate.


Good things you’ll need

  • Demonstrated Category Management experience within a retail environment.
  • Outstanding influencing, negotiation, and stakeholder management skills.
  • Creative style with the ability to operate in a dynamic, customer-driven retail environment.
  • Proven ability to champion and drive change.
  • Strong financial acumen within a highly commercial environment.
  • A performance driven nature and personality. 


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 www.careers.colesgroup.com.au > 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.