Category Manager

 Coles Express  Hawthorn East 

Requisition ID: 56847 

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.


With over 700 stores across the country, Coles Express is one of Australia’s leading fuel and convenience retailers. Whether it’s filling up the car, grabbing food to go, or topping up essential groceries, we’re here when you need us most. We’re also growing and innovating every day, so it’s an exciting time to get involved.


About the role

We currently have an opportunity for Category Manager to join the Coles Express Merchandise team. You will have full accountability of the P&L of a portfolio of products across the business and will develop a winning category strategy to implement across our stores.


You will need the ability to build strong internal and external relationships and be able to optimise your operation to drive improved sales and profit outcomes. This role will require you to work end-to-end; set a high-level strategy and engage with our store network to drive excellent execution of your plan.  


What you’ll be doing

Utilising your strategic skills, you will identify growth opportunities within your category and partner with suppliers and internal stakeholders to deliver a point of difference for our customer base and increase our share within the market.


You'll also:

  • Drive results and performance of your categories.
  • Work cross-functionally across Marketing, Operations, Transformation and Strategy.
  • Execute our customer-centric strategy for your categories.
  • Drive innovation within the category, working closely with the broader Coles Merchandise team.
  • Build strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, using your negotiation and influencing skills to drive the direction of the category.


Good things you'll need

  • Demonstrated Category Management and/or Merchandise experience within a retail environment.
  • Outstanding influencing, negotiation and stakeholder management skills.
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to operate in a dynamic, customer-driven retail environment.
  • Proven ability to champion and drive change through engaging with senior leadership.
  • Strong financial acumen within a highly commercial environment.
  • Customer first approach #LI-BU


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 Colesunless 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.