What does a Graduate Category Manager do?

Category managers work in the retail world where they find, market, and evaluate products and merchandise for companies. They review products, evaluate suppliers, and develop merchandising initiatives with vendors and suppliers. They work in various retail establishments, including clothing, or food, and examine the aspects of merchandising. This could include the evaluation of supplies or maintenance of levels of inventory

Category managers research current trends and a company’s selling philosophies to procure the best merchandise for the lowest cost; they also assist with the development of selling strategies, product marketing, and sales support. Category managers need fluency with marketing, sales, and supply chain management and must be equal parts creative and analytical when making decisions. Category managers need a minimum bachelor's degree in supply chain management, finance, or business administration; some employers favor an MBA.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Graduate Opportunities At Wayfair (Junior Buyer & Category Management) Salaries

Average Base Pay

£28,282 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Associate Category Manager
14 Jan 2021

“We work a lot of late nights and this does not provide a good work life balance.”

Pristyn CarePristyn Care
Category Manager
29 Aug 2020

“I started by journey as a BDM here and I have got ample opportunities to grow here.”

Category Buying Manager
3 Oct 2020

“historically they had good progression but reality is now its not a long term career path”

Good Energy (UK)Good Energy (UK)
Customer Insight Manager
30 Jul 2019

“The building is not the best but this is being addressed by the building of a new HQ.”

Category Manager
16 Oct 2021

“Be sure to negotiate a good package because you wont have a work life balance.”

AVP- Category Management
11 Oct 2021

“Good Pay and Good Brand”

Micron TechnologyMicron Technology
Senior Category Manager
3 May 2021

“Good benefit and working hour is acceptable”

Senior Category Manager
12 Feb 2021

“PTO and Corporate Holidays are good.”

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