Unilever – Category Manager Skin Care & Deodorants

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The Category Marketing Manager manages the brands portfolio within the skin care and deodorants categories, delivering the full P&L and Market Shares for East Africa (excluding Ethiopia) through value creation approach and in line with overall business strategy.


The role is responsible for the health and performance of Category / Brand in an Operational Company and provides brand and customer priorities rooted in local insight.

  • Manage and grow Brand through brand-driven activation, renovation of current core portfolio and brilliant implementation of Product Innovations.

  • Achieve brand share and profitable growth targets through translation of brand & marketing plans into market-implementation and customer plans (with potential for tailor-made activities)

  • Champion the consumer needs and brand passion within the overall business

  • Champion competitive behavior and mindset throughout the business and translate it into targeted marketing activities to grow brand share

  • Deliver market- and customer-knowledge driven input into innovation platform projects and brand planning to ensure requirements of categories will be met in the future

  • Lead market implementation of those platforms and develop world-class activation mix

  • Development of a share-growth-oriented marketing & category plan that seizes opportunities in product renovation, pricing strategy, competitor activities, customer/channel (e.g. convenience format, discounter) specific needs

  • Represent consumer (insights), brand strategy and product quality requirements on the cross-functional team

  • Translate marketing & category plan into a business framework and optimize commercial opportunities (identify threats). Feed into monthly and annual planning processes.

  • Develop and implement 12-18 month portfolio roadmap including product range & quality, brand build, value delivery for consumers, pricing & affordability, range extension.

  • Pro-actively feed market, category and customer requirements into platform innovation projects

  • Champion impactful innovations from ideation to commercial launch

  • Work with Global and Regional business group teams to ensure single minded communication message is created in line with the brand building communication plan, consistent with category needs.

  • Monitor and review effectiveness of innovation and renovation programme to inform future plans. Ensure continued focus on and support of innovation platforms once launched.

  • Management of marketing budgets within agreed targets and aligned with customer advertising activities.

Key interfaces:

  • CCVP Beauty and Personal Care, Assistant Brand Managers along with responsibility for marketing assistants and graduate trainees as and when appropriate; Channel Category Managers and Business Development Managers; Global Category Teams; Supply chain and sourcing unit managers; Market and Consumer Insight Managers; Product and packaging development teams; External agencies: Brand Activation, Pack design, PR, consultancy as required.


  • Relevant Marketing / Business degree

  • 7 years’ classic brand management experience in an FMCG environment

  • Business management and brand development experience

  • Category Planning skills

  • Brand Launch / Brand relaunch project plan management

  • Sales experience will be an advantage

  • A member of CIM will be an advantage

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