*This role is known internally as: Product Lead
We’re Kingfisher. You might know us as B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama, Brico Depot or Koçtaş. We’re made up of 79,000 passionate people, call 1,302 stores home and operate in 10 countries. That’s right, we’re big, but we have ambitions to become even bigger and even better. We want to become the leading home improvement company and grow the largest community of home improvers in the world. And that’s where you come in.
About Kingfisher Offer and Supply
At Kingfisher, we’re revolutionising the way our renowned brands – B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama, Brico Depot and Koçtaş – operate. Offer and Supply is working globally across all our brands so that our 6 million customers recognise the same unified product ranges at the same prices, wherever they are in the world. Here, collaborating with colleagues is essential – whether you’re creating and deciding what we’ll sell globally or delivering new and exciting products to our customers, you’ll push boundaries and make your mark. There’s no doubt that this new way of working is challenging, but it’s also very rewarding – and with that comes opportunity. Opportunity that’s yours for the taking.
What are we looking for?
We are on the lookout for a Product Lead to join us and our exciting transformation! As a Product Lead within a specific Product Category you will be responsible for developing your product range and making sure that Kingfisher are top of the tree in terms of innovating products that help our customers create the homes they want. You will be an absolute expert in range creation, product management, innovation and creation of products and will be an integral cog from conception of a range to making sure it hits the shelves.
How will I be able to do this?
Because we've taken the “traditional” buyer role and split it in half (Buyer and Product Lead) this person is going to be looking after much larger category and because we have taken all the sourcing aspects of the role and have given them to designated “Buyers” who purely look after everything to do with sourcing i.e. negotiating, vendor management etc. This allows our Product Leads to focus on the PRODUCT!
So in essence, you need to be someone who is passionate about the customer and the product with demonstrated experience of working within a Product Category Management or Buying role, ideally with experience in managing New Product Development projects.
You will need to demonstrate your capbability to work and understand your customer needs and the markets that you have operated in by literature search, market research, competitor visits etc. You will need to have strong organisational and project management skills with the influencing ability to navigate among all stakeholders up to Director level.
This is an exciting opportunity to join our global business. In return, we provide an inspirational working environment, a competitive benefits package and opportunities to stretch and grow your career. Interested? Great, we can’t wait to hear from you.