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Assistant Category Manager

Ampol Limited

Location: Alexandria

Job Type: Full time


Our company has always been about more than fuel. Fuel may be the foundation of our business, but our motivation and purpose come from the people, businesses, industries, and communities we engage with. From our origins until today, we’ve always been inspired by the role we can play in people’s lives – to keep them moving, to make journeys happen.

  • Full time, permanent position with competitive salary and benefits
  • Alexandria, Sydney Head Office - Work from home flexibility
  • Development pathway into a Buyer role

About us:

Here at Ampol, we are proud of our heritage as Australia’s only Australian owned fuel brand. For over 100 years we have supported Australians to travel far and wide, and we’ll be here for 100 more powering better journeys for today and tomorrow.

We are proud to be recognised as an employer of choice for women by WORK180 and are winners of an Employer Brand award through LinkedIn. Check out one of our key leader's career story, supported by Ampol. 7 Leadership tips for women in male-dominated fields - WORK180

About the role:

It is an exciting time to join our Merchandise team as we embark on redefining category strategies and invest in leading technology to significantly contribute to making the Ampol vision of “Freedom of convenience” a reality.

We are looking for an Assistant Category Manager who will support many key aspects of the buying function and the execution of category strategy. This is a key role within a dedicated team, which will enable you to enhance your skills and experience to develop into a Buyer. You will be actively involved in all areas of buying, thus the ability to negotiate and influence with cross functional and external stakeholders is essential.

You will support category managers to deploy the strategy across a portfolio, by planning and managing price, range, promotions in our Ampol retail stores. This role will help drive key pillars for growth and develop actionable insights, having a direct impact on the profitability of the company.

Key responsibilities:

  • Employing your capability as a talented negotiator with an ability to successfully influence and engage a diverse group of stakeholders and communicate key information effectively.
  • Successfully managing time and workload to cope with multiple priorities and the varying demands of the business.
  • Work with Category Managers/Buyers to develop category performance reports which include all key metrics i.e., Sales, profitability, and waste.
  • Reviewing market data, trends and report outputs to identity opportunities and initiatives to drive sales, profitability, and market share.
  • Inspire thought leadership with internal teams to lead brand, product and sales strategy based in data and insights, influencing on the value of our categories.
  • Ensure communication to our retail stores is clear, so they can deliver a high level of execution.
  • Support the development of commercial forecasts for promotional programs, and stock forecast for direct to store suppliers.
  • Assist with lookback of promotions and modelling of new promotional mechanics.
  • Support the management of supplier relationships, including supplier invoicing and tracking supplier income.

About you:

You are reliable, enthusiastic, have a high level of autonomy and initiative, and are highly motivated; we are looking for a team player who is interested in a career in Merchandising, and excited to learn about different aspects of the business as we develop and expand your career opportunities.

  • Undergraduate degree in commerce or relevant technical degree desirable
  • Experience in a merchandising, purchasing or commercial environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel is essential and prior exposure to data analysis and the ability to translate data into recommendations.
  • Prior use of SAP BI Tools, Power BI or market performance tools would be beneficial.
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels, including senior management.

Our Benefits:

  • Our total remuneration is competitive. This is across base salary, a performance incentive, employee share offers and a 25% discount on Fuel for two privately used cars!
  • We are flexible. Many of our teams have embraced hybrid work, balancing time spent remote working, with time spent at an office to connect and work together where it adds value.
  • We value recognition. We have an internal recognition platform amplifying the achievements of those who do great work and demonstrate our capabilities and values.
  • Career development and learning opportunities including LinkedIn Learning and other tailored training solutions.
  • Paid Parental Leave - up to 12 weeks paid Parental leave, and up to a year off (unpaid). In addition to the 12 months of unpaid Parental leave, employees may apply for a further 12 months of unpaid Parental leave (total of 24 months for each birth, or placement).
  • BabyCare Package - financial and flexible support for parents transitioning back to work.
  • Need some wheels? Novated Lease options are available.
  • Invest in your future with the Employee Share Scheme
  • Care for your Community. Spend one paid day a year volunteering with one of our Ampol Foundation partners.
  • Ampol Limited Benefits | WORK180 Endorsed Employer

At Ampol we encourage vaccination against Covid-19 as an effective measure in helping to protect our people and our communities.

We’re an equal opportunity workplace. We not only embrace diversity and inclusion; we celebrate what makes you unique. We welcome applications from people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and diverse sexualities and genders (including if you identify as transgender). We also highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply for roles with Ampol.

Want to take your career to the next level? Apply today.

Applications close Friday May 19, 2023.