Category Manager – Plumbing and Heating

  • Full Time
  • Bedford, Bedfordshire
  • £55000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + substantial bonus

Bridgewater Resources UK

A leading distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products, who is part of a successful £1 billion turnover group, is looking for a Category Manager to join their operation in the UK.

In this position, you will be working closely with a number of strategic suppliers (Far East and UK) to ensure favourable commercial terms and product availability for the business’ own-brand plumbing product range.

Role Responsibilities

As a Category Manager, your role responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and maintaining strong professional relationships with suppliers (initially own-brand products but with the potential to move onto higher-level branded suppliers)
  • Negotiating supplier arrangements
  • Sourcing and developing new supplier relationships
  • Monitoring supplier performance and conducting pricing analysis
  • Brand development and supporting the sales team
  • Managing promotional opportunities and clearance stock reduction

Job Package

As a Category Manager, you will receive a package including:

  • A starting salary between £55,000- £65,000 (depending on experience)
  • Substantial annual profit share bonus
  • Company car
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Excellent progression opportunities i.e. to Director level
  • Flexibility on remote and hybrid working with some of your time working/ attending meetings at their north Birmingham or Bedford locations


  • Commercial procurement experience where demonstrable results have been achieved
  • Broad experience in developing long-term supplier relationships
  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Bright, articulate and driven to make an impact and achieve results
  • Understanding of Far East sourcing and supply chain dynamics
  • Experience of own-brand product management and heating and plumbing products
  • Experience of working within a wholesale and distribution environment is desirable

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