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Head of Buying - Food

Job Title: Head of Buying - Food
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: South East England
Salary: Excellent Salary + management package
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q87449
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
Contact Email: STM.06288.4032@quest.aplitrak.com
Job Published: July 11, 2012 15:05

Job Description

This leading international food retailer seeks a Head of Buying to drive trading strategy for a key area, you will be responsible for driving sales through effective supplier negotiations and innovative product development. Your responsibilities will include: * Planning and implementing the category’s trading strategy to ensure long term revenue, quality and market share in accordance with the wider business strategy * Developing the functional plan, targets and budgets for each year * Developing existing product ranges in line with business strategy while ensuring brand consistency * Coordination and planning of promotional campaigns along with senior members of the Marketing department * Implementing new systems and processes designed to deliver maximum results and meet business needs * Reporting on the operational and financial success of the category and taking appropriate action on the findings * Management of all pricing including discounts, bonuses, promotions and special offers To be successful, you should have: * Proven experience of successfully leading a cross-functional trading team * Very strong negotiating skills * Experience of leading at a strategic business level * Excellent management skills * The ability to think and plan strategically * Good data analysis and numerical skills Knowledge of the grocery industry is highly desirable, as is previous category management experience within a retail environment. You should be an adaptable individual who can tailor your approach to a variety of situations and audiences and who champions creative thinking within their team. In return, this company offers a highly desirable salary, competitive bonus, company car and a wide range of additional benefits. If you believe you fit the criteria for this role, please apply today.