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    12 February 2023
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Category Assistant - Sports (20231)

It's a really exciting time to be at Holland & Barrett. We are investing across all areas of our business with a vision of empowering our customers to live happier, healthier lives. Our mission is to be the leading player in global wellness chosen by millions as their trusted partner for personalised wellness journeys. To achieve this goal, we are embarking on a radical transformation. We are recruiting top talent in all areas of our business, from Finance to Digital Marketing, from HR to IT, as well as new functions around Health and Wellness.


The Role:

We have a great opportunity to join us a Category Assistant within our Sports Nutrition buying team. This will be a hybrid role with the requirement of two days a week minimum based at the Holland & Barrett International Nuneaton Hub, nr. Coventry (CV10 7RH).

Sports Nutrition is the fastest growing category within Holland and Barrett, and we're looking for a new Category Buying Assistant to support us in building those exciting future plans and new ranges that will keep us at number one on the High Street, for Sports.

Ideally would have experience of previous admin roles and have worked in retail. You don't need to be interested in Sports nutrition, but there are a lot of samples to try out! Your role will be to support the Senior Category Manager and the Sports Buying Team, playing a pivotal role in setting up the department for success.

You will help the Sports Buying Team on all elements of the buying process, taking real ownership of all the administrative tasks that are the foundation of all that we do.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Supporting the team with all aspects of the promotional process – chasing suppliers for info, updating and checking internal systems, with high accuracy and ensuring we hit internal deadlines
  • Producing daily, weekly or monthly sales reports to support the buyers in their analysis of the team's trading performance to identify improvements
  • Supporting the buyers with preparation for range reviews, including gathering new line form data and samples from suppliers
  • Ensuring that all administration and data input relating to product information, cost prices, retail prices and supplier details are accurately maintained
  • Support the team with monitoring competitor activity
  • Owning the invoicing process, and dealing with any supplier queries
  • Implementing and owning processes to ensure effective ways of working
  • Managing deadlines around promotions and pricing
  • Maintaining and managing and product samples for the team
  • Answering questions from customer services
  • Problem solving to sort out queries
  • Booking meetings or making travel arrangements
  • Attending meetings, taking notes and managing actions
  • Organising supplier events at our offices
  • Other admin support as required for the smooth running of all processes
The Person:
  • Strong verbal and written communication, for internal and external stakeholders, and able to confidently use outlook, word, excel, powerpoint etc.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines is essential due to the fast-paced and varied workload in this role
  • Track record of working independently
  • High attention to detail needed, to produce work to a consistently high standard
  • Advanced excel skills required (able to do vlook ups etc.) as many of our reports and tools internally are excel-based
  • Determined and tenacious
  • Optimistic and open-minded to change, to continuously improve both yourself and the team's performance
  • Experience of using promotions or pricing systems within another retailer would be advantageous
  • Good level of numerical and analytical skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Customer focussed – everything we do is to support our store colleagues and ultimately our customers
  • Positive, resourceful and an energetic team worker
  • Able to build relationships with both suppliers and internal multi-discipline teams
  • You'll be regularly visiting our own stores, competitors, and possibly suppliers or trade shows, so a full driving licence is essential 
We offer:

📚 Learning and Development opportunity with Holland & Barrett is a great base for career development long term.

🤝 Career progression

🔝 Pension company contribution 

✈️ Your wellbeing is paramount so you can get away and take 28 or 33 Days Holiday per year (depending on role level)

💷 Refer and Earn Scheme - as we're growing you can earn money by referring people to join us from your network.

👜 Epic Extras gives you access to exclusive benefits, free advice and savings from a range of retailers and providers.

💰 Stay healthy with Discounted Products - from day one you'll get a 25% discount (on top of other promotions) when you shop at H&B on anything that you buy. 

🙋🏽 We all need a little help sometimes, so we offer Free 24/7 Confidential Advice & Colleague Welfare.

🧠 Mental Health First Aiders - we have lots of qualified Mental Health First Aiders because its all about your health & wellbeing.

👑 We have colleague Reward and Recognition Schemes, so your hard work and loyalty won't go unnoticed.

👏 And many more!


The Company

Holland & Barrett is one of the nation's most loved and trusted brands, known for offering quality health food, vitamins and supplements all sold by highly trained and qualified advisors.

Bucking the current trend of high street retailers, we forecast significant growth and expansion plans in the coming years, with considerable investment going into all areas of the business. We certainly embrace change and drive speed in everything we do. Every day presents a different challenge, but every day is also filled with fun, teamwork and passion to succeed and surpass every expectation.

Join us and see how far you can go…

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Nuneaton Head Office - Samuel Ryder House
7 Barling Way, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, CV10 7RH
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