People Select

Category Director The Netherlands

10+ years
Amstelveen | 14 sep

Job desciption

The Category Director takes the lead in building a strong and eager category management department for the brand-new business unit of in The Netherlands. Aim is creating a team of approximately 10 category managers and 5 assistants by the end of the year. A professional team with the expertise and know-how to firmly set up all major categories. By doing so, you ensure this innovative (r)etailer is ready to take the Dutch market by storm as soon as possible. You take control to build category management structures and feel comfortable in a highly dynamic and international start-up. is looking for an entrepreneurial and experienced Category Director for The Netherlands, with the expertise to build a team and to develop and implement a local category strategy, according to global plans. You want to commit to starting up the business and reach the ambitious local goals. Prior experience in an online/e-com environment is an advantage. This role is ideal for an eager category management expert with a track record in retail (food and non-food), who is also an excellent people manager and an inspiring leader. A flexible, hands-on mentality is required.

The organization offers

  • Building a local category management department for the Dutch business unit from scratch
  • Expanding the international business at a leading Asian omni-channel retailer
  • Setting the goals and strategy for local category management, according to the global plans
  • Contributing to a highly entrepreneurial and energetic team to take the Dutch market by storm
  • The backing of a rapidly growing, ambitious and visionary company, ready to invest in Europe
  • A start-up vibe and energy

Candidate profile

  • 10+ years of category/buying experience in retail, both food, and non-food
  • Experience in growing categories in E-tail/E-commerce is a plus
  • Leadership drive and skills, experience in building and managing a team
  • Excellent negotiator and relationship builder
  • Entrepreneurial, ownership, team player, excellent communication, and interpersonal skills, hands-on, flexible
  • Fluency in English


  • Management and coaching
  • Stakeholder management
  • Entrepreneurship and commercial thinking
  • Ownership
  • Market- and customer orientation
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Innovativeness

About the company is China’s largest retailer and a leading one-stop e-commerce platform with a unique omnichannel approach. This Fortune 500-company provides nearly half a billion active customers direct access to an unrivalled range of high-quality, authentic products. Currently, the company is expanding across Europe and the America’s and is opening offices throughout these continents. The European headquarters is set up in Amstelveen.
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