Cathy van der Walt

    Lead Category Manager Health and Beauty

    Lead Category Manager Health and Beauty, The Warehouse Ltd

    My role involves the ongoing management and growth of the Health and Beauty category. That involves developing strategies, selecting compelling product ranges, negotiating competitive prices and delivering customer-driven category plans.

    I have a team of five, and we work closely alongside our planner and replenishment analyst. No day is the same – our roles change as the world around us changes, and what the customer needs, is change.

    I became a lead category manager in health and beauty this year – my dream role! A highlight for me was winning Merchandise Team of the Year – twice! It was so exciting to get recognised and I was really proud of my team.

    The Warehouse is such a supportive organisation – it really puts its people first and helps us grow. The learning and development opportunities give us a toolbox for doing our roles to the best of our abilities. A recent leadership course I went on gave me confidence to learn new and different ways to motivate our teams.

    The changing face of retail

    Retail is ever-changing. Online shopping means customer shopping habits are changing and we need to evolve with that. Technology is bringing about a huge revolution in retail and customers have more power than ever before.

    The Warehouse Group is dynamic and responds to its customers’ needs and wants. They embrace technology and change to meet the needs of the people who shop with us – and that’s so exciting! There is never a dull moment – it’s vibrant, exciting and energising.

    Why join us?

    The Warehouse offers team members amazing career and development opportunities and discounts across different brands within the group, as well as giving back to New Zealand communities. It’s a true Kiwi icon, and a great place to build a career.
    Applicants can gain experience in different functions and across different teams. Challenge yourself, put yourself out there and get involved in as many things as you can. Learn from your mentors and ask lots of questions. Be positive, and act with integrity and honesty.
    There are lots of other benefits, too – including support for new parents returning to work with a full salary for the first month back – but working four days instead of five. And you can have fun giving back to the community. Our team chooses different local charities to support, and we donate products to help with the lives of everyday Kiwis. Right now, our team is donating products and everyday items people need, to help foster hope.

    Online shopping means customer shopping habits are changing The Warehouse Group is dynamic, and really responding to its customers. There is never a dull moment – it's vibrant, exciting and energising!

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