Category Manager, home gardening

Location: Vantaa

Your future role:

Kekkilä Group is the leading manufacturer of soil products, cover materials, fertilisers and garden structures for home gardens and landscapers in the Nordic countries. Kekkilä is also one of the five leading manufacturers of professional growing media for greenhouse growers in Europe. Kekkilä Group has production facilities in five countries, and its products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide. The company has a turnover of 100 M€ and it employs over 200 professionals. www.kekkila.fi www.hasselforsgarden.se

Category Manager, home gardening

​We are looking for an experienced, outgoing Category Manager to join Kekkilä’s marketing and product team. In this newly created position, you have the chance to take Kekkilä Group’s international home gardening business to the next level. The candidate we’re looking for is both an enthusiastic visionary as well as a hands-on doer, who thrives on challenges and motivates those around her/him. As a Category Manager for home gardening, you are responsible for managing all of Kekkilä Group’s consumer product categories in all markets. This consists of portfolio management, product development and marketing planning, as well as long-term planning and implementation of category strategies. Supervisory tasks form a significant part of the role; you will be the direct manager for a team of five. As a manager, you encourage and challenge your team with clear target setting and a positive attitude.

Job requirements:

In order to succeed in this position, we expect you to have extensive experience in portfolio management, marketing and customer relations. You have a solid understanding of the retail business in Finland and/or Sweden, and a Master’s degree in natural sciences, marketing, economics or similar. You are a confident project manager and communicate fluently in English, Finnish and Swedish. As Category Manager, you will be responsible for the profitable growth of the home gardening category, and challenging targets motivate you.

Our client offers:

The Category Manager is a key position in building Kekkilä Group’s future both through the development and implementation of practical portfolio management processes in all our markets, as well as through shaping future development for the category. The Category Manager reports to the Kekkilä Group Brand and Portfolio Director, and will be a member of functional management teams both in Finland and in Scandinavia. The position is located in Vantaa, Finland; travelling is required. For more information, please contact our recruitment partner, Talentor Senior Consultant Jaana Ylipaavalniemi +358 9 6818 250 on Thursday 14 August at 2-4 pm or Wednesday 20 August at 2–4 pm.

To apply, please submit your application along with CV in English via this link http://www.talentor-net.fi/3654 by 31 August, 2014.
If you fulfill these criteria and are ready for a challenge, please submit your application online.
Your consultant, Mika Nevasuo, name@server.tld, will contact you promptly upon receipt.
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