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Category Manager A&C


Corby, ENG, GB, NN17 9FH Frankfurt, Hesse, DE, 60327 Sesto San Giovanni, MI, IT, 20099 Beauvais, 60, FR, 60031

Brand:  RS Components
Function:  Product & Supplier Management

Make an impact as a Category Manager!

Category Management is accountable for developing a category strategy/business plan aligned with group, regional and local stakeholders enabling targeted profitable growth, customer acquisition and ROI in addition to effective supplier management through delivery of the best in class global offer for our customers. It defines and details the global supplier portfolio, product range and growth initiatives. It is also the foundation for plans and execution of supplier management and other related functions.

The Category Manager is typically aligned to a category of smaller sales volume and / or complexity (technical, suppliers etc) for which she or he is accountable. Follows the direction and strategy of the greater category strategy and aligns the delivery as required.

The Category Manager is also accountable for supplier management of an assigned supplier portfolio within the category. The category strategy and business plan are developed collaboratively with key stakeholders across the business. Most importantly this incorporates support of local go-to-market strategies, e.g. focus on specific industry verticals and local support. Accountable for the maintenance of the supplier and product portfolio and end to end lifecycle.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Category strategy planning, governance and execution
  • Set framework for and, working with relevant supplier managers, facilitate the development of supplier business plans to realise the defined category strategy.
  • Supplier Management including execution of supplier business plans and value extraction as part of category strategy
  • Successful NPI delivery for products where the Category Manager has supplier ownership
  • Securing Minimum Viable Content (MVC) product and transactional content onto content aggregator as basis for all NPIs
  • Communication and collaboration across relevant group stakeholders. Key aspects to cover include: Progress updates on delivery of strategy, performance metrics, range/supplier performance and optimization of strategy / plans as appropriate
  • Using digital data to inform ranging decisions and opportunities
  • Range reviews.
  • Use and respect the RACI / Operating Models and ways of working defined
  • Use the SRM to manage the daily work. (when tool is available)
  • Up to date information on the SRM (supplier contacts, meeting notes, contractual terms, market share.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications Required 



• Good analytical skillset and strong attention to detail

• Experience of online trading and digital tools

• Working with Global Supplier brands

• A collaborative team player with good influencing skills

• Demonstrates an excellent understanding of, and the ability to articulate, the RS Value Proposition

• Sound commercial acumen and broad communication skills

• Positive can-do attitude, takes ownership and very results oriented

• Operational problem solver and good process management capability


• Experience of working in a matrix and cross-cultural environment

• Experience of working with an online digital toolset

• Educated to degree-level or equivalent

• Experience of working in a Commercial environment

• Experience of working with a Supplier

The good stuff

A global organization of optimists and specialists with big ambitions for the future. You can take control of your future here at RS. We offer all the benefits you’d expect to receive in a dynamic global business:

  • Up to 10% Bonus
  • 24 days holiday (with the option to purchase a further week)
  • EAP Programme
  • Virtual GP access
  • Discounted stock options
  • Extremely generous contributory Pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Working flexibly - flexing the times when you work in the day to help you fit everything in and work when you are the most productive. This role is classified as a fully remote role in our virtual working model with new ways of working.


We are RS

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture where our people get to bring their true self work every day and thrive. We recognise that a diverse and representative workforce is critical to our success, and our aim is to create a business where people can be their best selves. Our employees expect this as a matter of course and it is fundamental to how we attract, develop, and hold on to the best talent.

RS Components is a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers. Our business has operations in three geographical regions – the Americas, EMEA and APAC, supported by global organisations for supply chain, corporate functions, marketing, and product & supplier management.

Our market today is large, fragmented, local in nature and digitally immature. Only a few international distributors serve it, with many regional and local providers, who largely trade offline. Currently we estimate the global market value to be c.£400bn, with our global market share <1%. We stock over 2,500 supplier brands, 500k products and 63% of our sales are digital.

We are going through a period of change, as part of our Destination 2025 strategy, which positions us as becoming first choice for customer, suppliers, people, and communities. Our strategic priorities are:

  • Best customer and supplier experience
  • High-performance team
  • Operational excellence
  • Innovation
  • Reinvestment to accelerate growth

We recruit and develop employees who are the best suited to the requirements of the job role, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. We believe everyone should be able to bring their true self to work and be given the opportunities to succeed. If you require any adjustments during this process to ensure you can bring your true self, please let us know.

We recognise that we’re not perfect when it comes to being a truly diverse organisation yet. However, we are passionate about diversity and are proactively working to build an organisation where everyone can see themselves succeed here.

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