The Role

Hain Daniels are currently recruiting for a Head of Category. This roll will be responsible for both our Grocery and Chilled & Frozen divisions. This role is Home based, but will require travel to all our sites across the UK.

The best story-teller in the world"

The role requires you to provide strategic direction, leadership and management of the Category Team, ensuring that all activities contribute towards the Company growth and profitability targets. 

Using internal, consumer, shopper and retailer data, the Head of Category will lead development of insight to build into both NPD development and creating compelling selling aids, making recommendations that will drive sales and share growth for both Hain Daniels and agreed Customers.

Successful candidate must be able to build excellent relationships, tell powerful stories, influence Retailer strategies and interface superbly across multiple Customers and seniority levels. Working closely with the Sales Team, the individual is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the Category customer relationship.

To support the Sales & Category Director on providing strategic vision and embedding Category Vision. The role will require the individual to be a very active member of the Commercial Leadership Team.

The role will have direct and indirect line management responsibility.

It is a requirement that the jobholder and all reports are compliant with Competition Law at all times


Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Range optimisation
  • Category insight
  • Cross functional operating across various teams ie: Sales, NPD and operations

What you will need for the role / what it will take:

  • Degree educated
  • Proven track record in a similar role at a similar level
  • FMCG experience
  • Multi-channel experience
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holiday
  • Option to purchase an additional annual leave
  • A day off work to support our charity partners
  • Flexible working options
  • Pension
  • Medical benefit
  • And access to a HUB that offers many discounts from a range of suppliers and retailers

About Us

The Hain Daniels Group is one of the UK's leading food companies. With sales of c£500m, we create food and drink products with natural goodness at their core. We're the business behind a host of household brands - Hartley's jams and jellies, Sun-Pat peanut butters, New Covent Garden Soup Co., Linda McCartney's meat free food, and Yorkshire Provender to name a few. Nearly half of our business is private label - we create quality freshly prepared fruit and juices, desserts, soups, sweet spreads and meat free products for our retail partners.

Our Vision

To make it easier for everyone to lead a healthier, balanced lifestyle. Without our great team of people, this vision couldn't be our reality.

Top Talent across the UK

Over our 12 sites up and down the UK, we employ circa 3,100 people in roles within Production, Supply Chain, Product Development, Sales and Marketing, and through to our Finance, HR, IT and beyond. Each of our colleagues is vital to our continued success. That's why we target the best talent, and help to develop them through the ranks. In fact, almost a third of our vacancies were internal promotions and transfers last year.

Learning and Development

We offer Management and Leadership Development programmes appropriate to an individual's role and skill level, as well as a broad range of other training and development initiatives, including an extensive e-Learning suite to help self-serve your own development further.

If Hain Daniels sounds like the company you'd like to contribute your energy and enthusiasm towards, and come on an exciting journey with us, then we can't wait to hear from you!