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Category Buying Manager

Barfoots of Botley
Hybrid - Bognor
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Contract Type
Full Time
Buying, Category Management, Sales, Supply Chain & Logistics

Job Details

Category Buying Manager

About Us
At Barfoots, growing is in our nature. From our humble beginnings over 40 years ago as a small family farm, we have evolved into a leading vertically integrated farming and food business. Spanning thousands of acres and employing thousands of people worldwide, we grow, process, pack, and deliver a wide range of fresh vegetables. Supplying premium products to all of the UK’s major retailers, we take pride in our work and our commitment to sustainability.

The Role
We are offering a rare and exciting opportunity to join our dynamic Supply Chain Team in a senior management capacity. We are looking for a dedicated and proactive professional who will thrive in a fast-paced, sometimes challenging environment. Reporting to the Head of Buying, you will lead the Supply Chain business unit, overseeing the efficient sourcing and management of a diverse product portfolio. Candidates can also expect international travel, visiting suppliers around the globe, in turn presenting an exceptional platform to showcase and develop your industry skills and experience.



  • Drive cash margin growth across the product portfolio – full P&L responsibility
  • Purchase goods at the lowest Total Ultimate Cost
  • Develop and nurture long standing supplier relationships
  • Identify and pursue new business opportunities/sources
  • Understand crop management, technical requirements & product specifications
  • Develop crop strategies for product portfolio in line with the overall Supply Chain Strategy
  • Supplier development, management & compliance
  • Working collaboratively with relevant departments to ensure seamless processes
  • Leading, developing and managing a high performing team
  • Develop KPIs for the business unit fully aligned with Company Objectives
  • Build and implement annual budget for crop portfolio
  • Engage in Barfoots S&OP processes from a Supply Chain perspective

Required Skills & Experience

  • 5 years+ purchasing experience in the Fresh Produce industry
  • Knowledge of factory and technical requirements
  • Team Management/Supervisory experience
  • Strong Commercial awareness & business acumen
  • Financial understanding of Budget & P&L
  • Basic understanding of crop production techniques
  • Understanding of factors that affect quality
  • Understanding of international logistical cool chains shipping via sea, road and air
  • Excellent communication & negotiation skills
  • Strong command of English Language both written & spoken
  • Additional language (Spanish) a distinct advantage
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office applications, email, MRP systems and the internet
  • Full driving licence & valid passport

Why Work for Barfoots?

  • Investors In People - Silver Award status
  • Company pension scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Benefits Platform
  • Development opportunities
  • Discounted leisure membership
  • Discounted vegetable box scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free onsite parking
  • Approved training centre for Highfield qualifications
  • Rapidly growing company
  • Committed to Sustainability


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About Us

Growing is in our nature. Over 40 years ago, we started life as a small family farm with a handful of people and a modest range of crops.

Today, we’re a global farming and food business working thousands of acres and employing thousands of people around the world to grow, process, pack and market a range of fresh produce.

Supplying our premium produce to some of the UK’s leading retailers and restaurants, we are very proud of what we do and how we do it. With our impressive green credentials, we truly are committed to sustainability, demonstrating continued investment in the latest technologies to help maintain our carbon neutral footprint.

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