We are pleased to be supporting one of the region's most well known brands J. Barbour & Sons in their search for a Category Manager.
Founded in 1894 in South Shields today the 5th generation family owned business remains in the North East, with Barbour's headquarters located in Simonside, South Shields. Although it sources products from around the globe, Barbour's classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside and each year over 100,000 jackets are processed via the central, subsidiary and local customer service operations.
Barbour now has 10 of its own retail shops in the UK, and a presence in over 40 countries worldwide including the United States, Germany, Holland, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and Japan. There are now over 5,000 products across the two seasons and the collections now cater for Men, Ladies and Children.
Barbour have experienced significant growth recently and have embraced the move to a more ecommerce focused Supply Chain. Their Global Logistics Operation now involves hubs in the US and Germany as well as the main Distribution Centre in South Shields.
Reporting directly to the Supply Chain Director the objective of the role is to effectively manage the Clothing Category including (but not limited to) Jersey, Knitwear and Shirting . You will also have direct line management responsibility for a team of two Planning Managers.
Some of the key responsibilities will be:
The ideal candidate will have/be:
This is an excellent opportunity to join one of the most prestigious brands in the North East, to manage a key category area and small team in a role which offers a varied scope and autonomy, supporting ongoing growth and development upon a global basis.