Category Manager – Food (Duty Free)

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Job Description

About the role

Join our award-winning Qatar Duty Free team.

We are Qatar Duty Free – a shopping emporium at the heart of Qatar’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport with more than 40,000 square meters of combined retail and dining

As Category Manager, you will manage purchasing of the category ensuring that sufficient stock is available at all times to satisfy the projected sales growth. Investigate new product opportunities and present range proposals. Analyze in-depth correct performance with a view to focusing the range and maximizing profitability for the company. Responsibility for margin and cost of sale-related expenditure and minimize stock write-offs.

You will lead, direct, train and manage buying officers and report on current purchasing activity to the Management. Establish and maintain strong relationships with other retail and marketing departments. Review performance of products and ranges in conjunction with the Management and react as necessary to improve the effect and monitoring performance. Track record in purchasing excellence; margin improvement range success and promotions.

About you

We are looking for a self-driven individual with strong negotiation skills. You should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferably in business or Purchasing and at least 8 years of relevant experience. Travel retail experience is an advantage.

The ability to manage stock on a day-to-day basis is essential. Strong analytical skills and an understanding of statistical process control is also required. Excellent command of the English language is a must and the candidate should be able to lead and direct the work of the team.