Assistant Category Manager

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  • Job Type:Full time
  • Category:Administration
  • Business Group:PlaceMakers
  • Location:Auckland
  • Job Reference:28380
  • Closing Date:19 Oct 2022



Reporting to the Merchandise Manager, this role will see you supporting our leading Category Managers, along with our stores and suppliers, to help continually grow the building products and timber categories within PlaceMakers and Mico.  As an integral part of our Merchandise team, you will be based here at our National Office in Penrose.

Your core function will be focused on providing support for our Category Managers, stores & suppliers, delivering key initiatives across specific categories and executing team strategies. You will manage and maintain all product information and make careful use of pricing analysis and market trends to assist with determining the best product range for our stores. You will be responsible for:

Supporting category strategy, ranging and pricing 
Providing recommendations, reporting and data/competitor analysis to Category Managers
Assisting with catalogue content/creation
Provide support to the branch network and our suppliers regarding any queries 


Your ability to build meaningful working relationships both internally and externally is essential. You will be a great communicator, enjoy building a good rapport with our branch network and have solid influencing skills to engage with key suppliers at a strategic level in order to add value to our customers. Alongside this you can also demonstrate the following:

A ‘can do' innovative attitude with a solutions approach
Strong analytical and administration skills with excellent attention to detail
Systems savvy and highly proficient with MS Office, in particular, Excel
Thrive in a fast-paced environment with the ability to juggle & manage different priorities 


We love to upskill our people and watch your career soar! We offer a progressive career path for our employees and here you will challenge and stretch your thinking to deliver tangible outcomes while being mentored by a strong leadership team who is keen to see you succeed and learn. You will have access to staff benefits and great buying privileges, plus you will be working in our conveniently accessible Fletcher Building campus which has its own fantastic café and free parking too! 


• Medical & Drug test
• Police & background checks
• The legal right to work permanently in NZ
• Work References from who you’ve reported to

Help us build New Zealand! The New Zealand Distribution Division brings together our retail and distribution chains - PlaceMakers and Mico - and operates as New Zealand's leading and largest supplier of building materials to the local commercial and residential construction markets. The division employs over 3,000 people through more than 130 branches and sites across New Zealand.

We are proud of the incredible diversity of people who make up our business! As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strive to create an inclusive environment for all our employees across our national network of branches throughout New Zealand.