Category Manager | Sleep & Underwear | BIG W


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 12/10/2018

Job Category:

Marketing / Category Management

Job description:


What we're like

BIG W is one of Australia's most loved brands and has been part of our families for over 40 years.  At BIG W, we put our customer at the heart of everything we do across our network of 183 stores nationally.  We sell exclusive BIG W brands that are simply great quality at low prices as well as feature leading international brands. Our customers can choose everything for their kids, home, themselves, for leisure and for their everyday life.  Our team of over 18,000 members is located in Australia, Hong Kong and Bangladesh.

- 6 month secondment opportunity

- Mixture of Own Brand and Branded products

- Be part of the turnaround success story

The role

We are looking for an experienced Category Manager/Buyer to join our BIG W Apparel team taking accountability for the Underwear & Sleep categories.  Your role will be to buy the best, most competitive and on-trend range and price the range to maximise sales, profit and customer satisfaction.  This role is ideal for a Buyer who is a solid trader, great at building on trend ranges with excellent organisation skills.  

Reporting to the Head of Commercial, you will:

- Build range, pricing, option plan and proposed promotions using insights and aligned to BIG W strategies

- Own supplier relationships and optimise supplier portfolio in category; joint business planning and negotiate trading terms with suppliers

- Conduct research in order to gain a thorough understanding of the target markets and external market drivers

- Partner with Design on range architecture for category.

About You

To ensure your success in this role, you will have proven experience as a commercial retail Category Manager/Buyer successfully trading a sizeable category in terms of sales and options.  You will have strong leadership skills and be agile in your thinking and adaptable to change.



In addition, you will need to demonstrate the following experience:

  • A thorough understanding of end to end apparel category management

  • Strong commercial acumen - analytical thinking with the ability to interpret results, analyse and plan for the future

  • Stakeholder management - ability to positively engage with others and build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels

  • Superior commercial negotiation and influencing skills

What's in it for you?

  • An attractive remuneration package including base + super

  • Opportunity to collaborate with some of the brightest and best minds in Australia both across BIG W and Woolworths

  • Tech options - Woolworths is the largest employer of Google Apps in Australia, are early adopters of Agile and have BYOD options too

  • An exciting career - as our business grows, so do the opportunities for our people

Some perks!



  • Located in Bella Vista. We have great head office facilities including free parking, on-site gym, sports courts, cafeteria, a metro store and exciting activities throughout the week

  • Team member discounts at many of Woolworths businesses


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