Craft Beer Buyer

City of Edinburgh
Competitive salary and benefits
Closing date
6 Oct 2021

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
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Competitive Salary, Full Time, Edinburgh (or nearby candidates only)

About Beer52

We’re the world’s most popular craft beer club, curating a delicious selection of beers for our members from a new country each month. Delivered along with our magazine, Ferment, we have helped more than a million people to explore the exciting world of craft beer.

With a team of over 80, based mainly at our Edinburgh HQ, we are one of the UK’s fastest-growing and most exciting startups.

We’re all passionate about craft beer and it’s our mission to build the world’s leading craft beer community. To achieve this, we have built a super talented and inclusive team, a great place to work and industry-leading technology and marketing that have secured our position as №1 at what we do.

About the Role

Beer52 is the largest independent buyer of craft beer in the UK, with longstanding and intimate relationships with several hundred leading brewers from across the globe. Collecting millions of reviews from our customers, our buying team have industry-leading insights into new trends and work closely with suppliers to remain at the cutting edge of new releases by the most sought-after brands.

We are looking for an experienced buyer to work alongside one existing buyer to manage a multi-million pound annual beer budget. To deliver competitive value for money to our customers, you will have keen negotiation skills. Beer52’s model creates a win-win for our supplier partners, helping to promote their beer and story to a large audience. You will be adept at communicating this unique proposition to brewery owners and marketing teams.

With hundreds of new suppliers every year and thousands of deliveries into our warehouse, your attention to detail and ability to track costs across stock, duty and freight, will ensure you hit commercial targets.

You will work closely with our founders to implement their ambitious plans to make Beer52’s monthly themes and beer selection an exciting package for our members. Collaborating with breweries to develop exclusive beers helps us to offer a unique experience. Discovering the best breweries in new countries and US states helps those brands launch in the UK for the first time.

About You

You should be very organised, enjoy solving problems, with a strong attention to detail. You must have a natural ability to negotiate and a track record of fostering close supplier relationships. We are looking for a clear communicator and someone who is not afraid of rolling up their sleeves, forming a structured plan and helping small suppliers to stay on track with deadlines.

You must have prior experience of buying in a fast-paced commercial environment and be skilled at thinking independently to solve problems as they arise. You must have a good understanding of the craft beer market and strong sense of taste in terms of liquid quality and packaging design.

We are a high growth company in a competitive market — you will be comfortable with this pressure to offer the most exciting beers at a competitive price point. You will plan carefully to protect our margins by avoiding overstock, making sure that your communication with our forecasting team is constant.

As a business, we have high ambitions for growth. Buying is at the core of what we do and this offers an excellent opportunity to develop your career.

Key Requirements:

  • 3 years + experience as a retail buyer Education to degree level or hold relevant professional qualification Understanding of craft beer styles and ability to assess quality of product and packaging Ability to negotiate make good commercial decisions General understanding of cost accounting Ability to manage a plan with many moving parts. Strong planning, communication and presentation skills Proficient in Excel Self-motivated Flexible and adaptable Ability to work to tight deadlines


  • Competitive salary City centre office with gym, yoga studio, artisan coffee, wine tasting room, staff pub, home brew lab and other great amenities 28 days paid holiday per year, paid sick leave, paid bereavement leave, NEST company pension (3% company contribution) Complimentary 12-pack monthly Beer52 membership Retail discount scheme Regular team events and in-house ‘Beer School’

How to Apply

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