Category Planning Manager

Job ID: 1126
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Pentland Brands are looking for an experienced Category Planning Manager to join our global Supply Planning Team based out of Speedo House, Nottingham.


As Category Planning Manager you will, lead a team of supply planners and coordinators, own of the global supply plan and be accountable for the execution of our global buy plan and for the performance of the global supply planning function for given category.  


The role you’d play as Category Planning Manager:


  • Building effective relationships with vendors to unlock opportunities for the organisation.
  • Supporting the onboarding of new vendors and provide them a continuous support on Pentland processes.
  • Providing regular and concise updates on delivery issues to Sales and Customer Service teams.
  • Work with global and regional teams to identify the impact of delivery delays and quality issues and agree the appropriate action and communication.
  • Leading and driving the performance of a team of supply planners and coordinators.
  • Identifying and implementing improvements within supply chain.
  • Setting and maintaining the buying calendar relevant for the product category and type.
  • Managing tier 2 material commitment and liability to minimise financial impact.
  • Ensure data accuracy within GSP remit.
  • Provide support across the global supply planning function when necessary.


What you’d bring as Category Planning Manager:


  • Proven negotiation skills and sound judgment.
  • Ability to analyse complex data.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Excellent people management, leadership and development skills.
  • A positive approach to change and understanding of how to bring people on the journey.
  • Experience in a role that requires cross functional and global collaboration.
  • Ability to understand and empathise with the end user.


What you’ll get in return:


  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Hybrid / smart working
  • Brand and retail perks
  • Financial perks
  • Travel perks
  • Time out perks
  • Wellbeing commitment


Who we are


Pioneering Brands that Make Life Better


We are Pentland Brands, a global business touching the lives of millions through some of the world’s most-loved active and footwear brands. We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, Ellesse, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the UK licensee for Kickers and have a joint venture with Lacoste footwear.


We have a rich and remarkable history, of family, of ambition and of innovation, of leading from the front with a legacy of outstanding brands and equally outstanding people. Of pioneering brands that make life better. Brands that create an emotional connection with our consumers and help keep people on the move. Brands that do good, that form part of a positive business that takes action for people and planet.


We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop because we know this is an exceptional place to build brands and build your career. We want you to come to work every day excited about what we can achieve when we have a clear and single-minded focus on being consumer-centric and relentlessly focused on improving our performance.


Always guided by our principles, we not only do a great job, but we also do it in the right way; success is a team game; with clarity and courage; better as standard; in good conscience. We believe every individual has the power to shape the Pentland of the future, by making sure that every day we’re better than the day before. Join our team of passionate, exceptional individuals, and do the best work of your life.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.


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