Senior Category Buyer / Trading Manager | £Competitive

England, London
Competitive + car + benefits
22 May 2018
19 Jun 2018
Tom Edmondson-Matthews
Business Sector
Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

Are you a Commercial Buyer with a background in Food retail? If so, we'd like to hear from you.

About the Employer:

Our client is an international, multi-channel retailer with a strong high street presence and reputation for superb quality. They will offer you support and development with fantastic opportunity for progression and growth of your skills and career. They invest heavily in their people and estate to offer their customers the best possible experience and products. They work closely with suppliers in a collaborative manner to drive synergies and efficiencies throughout the supply chain.

About the Role:

This role will focus on the food side of the business and will involve you leading a category buying team to drive sales and profit margins as well as market share. Building a great relationship with suppliers through effective commercial management whilst maintaining negotiating power will be key for your success. The role will give you the opportunity to improve efficiency with suppliers. Strategic planning through analysis of customer insight will allow this role to deliver a targeted % of newness through your options as a buyer/trading manager. Within this exciting role you will also be able to get creative to implement new promotions and marketing plans to drive commercial activities and NPD. You will be a proven leader and be comfortable presenting to internal and external stakeholders.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate for this role will have a proven track record as a buyer with commercial activities in the food sector. Experience within or supplying a major retailer would be considered an asset, as would experience in the food-to-go and/or hospitality categories. You will also need negotiation skills, and have proven yourself as a great communicator that can influence others. You will be a natural leader with the ability to motivate and work well within a team. You will have a history of strong decision making backed by results of seizing commercial opportunities through your skills as a buyer. You must have a positive attitude and outlook. Retail experience or being able to keep the customers in mind when making all decisions will be key to your success.

Minimum Requirements:

To be considered for this role you must have commercial experience as a buyer with proven results. Have a working knowledge of retail supply chains and experience negotiating the procurement of food products. You will have experience in leading direct reports.

Competitive + Car + Benefits (call or email for full details)

Application Process:

Those selected for interview will potentially move through two or three stages before being made a formal job offer. This process can take time to complete with the busy team having limited availability for meetings.

If you are a procurer of food with a commercial background, supplying or buying for major retailers then you might be the one we are looking for. If you meet the minimum requirements please click apply now or call Tom on 01780 480 530 or email to discuss the role in more detail - job reference TEM10505

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