What does a Category Manager Leader do?

Category managers work in the retail world where they find, market, and evaluate products and merchandise for companies. They review products, evaluate suppliers, and develop merchandising initiatives with vendors and suppliers. They work in various retail establishments, including clothing, or food, and examine the aspects of merchandising. This could include the evaluation of supplies or maintenance of levels of inventory

Category managers research current trends and a company’s selling philosophies to procure the best merchandise for the lowest cost; they also assist with the development of selling strategies, product marketing, and sales support. Category managers need fluency with marketing, sales, and supply chain management and must be equal parts creative and analytical when making decisions. Category managers need a minimum bachelor's degree in supply chain management, finance, or business administration; some employers favor an MBA.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lead Category Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$102,213 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$70K
Median: $102K
$150K
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Category Manager Leader Career Path

Learn how to become a Category Manager Leader, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L4
Sales Leader
$63,593/yr
L5
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Category Manager Leader Insights

Read what Category Manager Leader professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
WalgreensWalgreens
Associate Category Manager
Jan 14, 2021

“We work a lot of late nights and this does not provide a good work life balance.”

Pristyn CarePristyn Care
Category Manager
Aug 29, 2020

“I started by journey as a BDM here and I have got ample opportunities to grow here.”

TescoTesco
Category Buying Manager
Oct 3, 2020

“historically they had good progression but reality is now its not a long term career path”

Good Energy (UK)Good Energy (UK)
Customer Insight Manager
Jul 30, 2019

“The building is not the best but this is being addressed by the building of a new HQ.”

MetcashMetcash
Assistant Category Manager
Aug 6, 2021

“Location was not convenient unless you lived nearby or don't mind a longer commute.”

FABFAB
AVP- Category Management
Oct 11, 2021

“Good Pay and Good Brand”

Micron TechnologyMicron Technology
Senior Category Manager
May 3, 2021

“Good benefit and working hour is acceptable”

FoodbuyFoodbuy
Senior Category Manager
Feb 12, 2021

“PTO and Corporate Holidays are good.”

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