Category Development Manager – Harwich, Essex.

Status: Full Time / Permanent

Salary: Competitive/Negotiable

Location: Harwich, Essex.

If you are looking to further your career with an exciting global, outward-looking company, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Surya Foods is one of the largest suppliers of authentic world foods in the UK and the company behind Top 3* UK rice brand Laila basmati.

It is part of the rapidly expanding, family run Flying Trade Group (FTG) which boasts an annual UK turnover in excess of £130-million and operates in over 30 countries. Impressive growth has seen FTG enter the 2018 Sunday Times “Top Track 250” league tables and the Sunday Times International “Track” 200 in 2019.

The biggest supplier of world food lines into supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s, with over 1000 independent retail accounts across the UK, Surya Foods also represents some of the world’s leading brands including Britannia Biscuits, National Foods, FOCO, Ajinomoto and Samai among others.

The scale and breadth of our business activities means we can offer great variety and a fantastic environment to start or further your career and owing to our company’s ambitious growth plans we are always looking for talented employees to complement our team.

Our company culture supports and nurtures personal development to ensure a first step with us always brings further opportunities.

In 2020, we will be launching over 100 new products which is relevant to every sales channel as we look to dramatically expand our business in the next phase of our development as we now enter core mainstream categories as well as World Foods.

To support our growing business, we are recruiting, on a permanent basis, a Category Development Manager. Reporting to the Commercial Director, detail of this important role is as follows:


  • Drive category growth
  • Build category plans
  • Build retailer development plans
  • Drive collective knowledge & shopper understanding within the business
  • Develop and own a range of insight, analytics & feedback tools
  • Data & insight sourcing
  • Market intelligence

Personal Skills / Qualities:

  • Proactive
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight timescales
  • Self motivated & enthusiastic
  • Highly analytical/ numerate
  • Comfortable with data manipulation
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to interpret &anticipate trends
  • Good presentation skills
  • Team Player
  • Leader
  • Decisive
  • Commercially orientated
  • Win Win Negotiator
  • Ability to prioritise


Sales & Profit –Brand & Own Label

Brand and own label penetration


Retailer Satisfaction Survey Scores (measured using an annual Trade Benchmarking study)


If you have the necessary skills and experience and want to work with great people in a growing business then we would love to hear from you.


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