United Kingdom, Hemel Hempstead, Beauty Care

Senior Category Manager


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join as a Grocery Category Manager.  Reporting into the Head of Commercial Excellence, your key objectives will be to execute and deliver our Grocery category management objectives within the UK Henkel Beauty Care division, working across our Hair Care and Body Care brands across our key retail partners.

Responsible for ‘co’-defining and implementing Category strategies with Henkel’s customers across Haircare, Hair Colourants and Styling. Proactively deliver compelling insights and category arguments that give confidence to our stakeholders both internal and external that as category experts Henkel understands how to drive long term sustainable category growth.  Working closely with the retailers to deliver category thought leadership, challenging conventional thinking to co-create inspiring 3-year Category Vision, Drivers and Tactics to gain advantage for our brands and drive sustainable, profitable growth.


We collaborate as strong teams:

  • Ability to build and maintain lasting relationships, influence internal and external stakeholders and work in a collaborative manner
  • Ensure clear understanding of customer dynamics, inspiring and giving confidence to our key retailer partners
  • Gain agreement from others to support ideas or take action using fact-based recommendations
  • Establish and work to continually improve productive long-term relationships
  • Ensure that category is at the heart of Trade Days by working within a cross functional team to create actionable category, customer & shopper insight-driven plans

We act as entrepreneurs:

  • Challenge conventional thinking and ways of working, work with the team to proactively look for new exciting ways to drive category growth
  • Question when things could be done better, take appropriate risks and learn from mistakes
  • Proactively monitor, evaluate and analyse customer performance against our competitive set and categories.
  • Identify opportunities and risks to proactively take to key stakeholders

We own our results:

  • Be accountable. Set clear and achievable targets
  • Propose ideas to drive category performance grounded in insight
  • Identify the big wins for Henkel, the customer & the category, short, medium & long term, and prioritise teamwork plan accordingly
  • Be the voice of the category and customer internally, ensure customer insight is at the heart of all Henkel decision making
  • Define the “so what” from the data, taking insights forward to create a compelling customer story and tangible action using an array of sources

We develop people with passion:

  • Ability to get the best out of individuals holding all members of a team accountable for delivering quality results
  • Acting as a role model and a coach, ensuring everything you do is in line with our values, putting the shopper at the heart of everything we do
  • Creating a healthy, engaged and inclusive working environment that is sustainable over time.  
  • Line management responsibility of 1-2 members of the team


  • Fully conversant with the latest principles in category management
  •  Credibility and gravitas to set the status quo in category management
  • Knowledge of sales/marketing would be advantageous
  • Degree educated with at least 5 years experience in a Category Management position in an FMCG environment (Hair & Beauty experience an advantage)
  • Analytical and highly skilled in the effective use of multiple data sources to build category stories
  • Requires strong strategic planning skills and the ability to develop thought-out plans.
  • Strength in stakeholder engagement and bringing others on the journey
  • An effective communicator, with highly impactful presentation skills
  • Commercial acumen; proven track record of making sound decisions with awareness for business needs
    Experience in line management and developing others

Henkel embraces and supports flexible working and we are therefore open to consider any specific requests. Please talk to us during the interview process so we fully understand your needs.

JOB ID: 21011812
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
Contact information for application-related questions: RecruitmentUKIE@henkel.com