Global Category Manager

Automotive ~ Retail
Johannesburg North, Johannesburg – Gauteng – South Africa

As the Global Category Manager, you will be the key driver in the development, launch, and growth of our client’s Mobile Storage product portfolio, operating with a high level of autonomy and responsibility.
Reporting to the Head of the Business Unit, you will collaborate with the Sales, Product Development, and Operations/Manufacturing departments while engaging with customers and consultants.
Your role involves understanding market trends, customer needs, and competitor offerings to create a strategic roadmap. You’ll work closely with engineering, design, marketing, sales, and manufacturing teams to ensure successful product launches and ongoing enhancements. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the product line’s future and significantly impact the company’s success.
Qualifications and Experience
  • 10-15 years of product development/management and management experience with progressively increasing levels of responsibility, preferably in the Mobile Storage or automotive industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field.
  • Strong international experience
  • Strong and proven leader of a diversified team of individuals
  • Experience from interaction with various company disciplines such as sales and marketing, manufacturing, and product development
  • Strong understanding of product development processes, including market research, ideation, prototyping, testing, and launch.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to translate data and market insights into actionable strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute successful product strategies that drive revenue growth.
  • Exceptional project management and organisational skills
  • Experience in strategic product planning e.g., product generation, phase-in/phase-out
  • Experience in project management and knowledge of modern tools
  • Understanding of and experience from different engineering disciplines
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and understanding of CAD software and similar tools
  • Fluent English language knowledge