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Buyer - Food

Job Title: Buyer - Food
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Lancashire
Salary: £35000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q95631
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
Contact Email: KAF.66301.4032@quest.aplitrak.com
Job Published: June 03, 2014 11:38

Job Description

My client is a growing supplier of exciting and innovative food products, they are currently seeking to appoint an experienced and proactive Buyer to join their head office team. Supplying mainly ambient food products, as Buyer you would be responsible for sourcing, building and maintaining excellent relationships with key suppliers at all times. You will oversee all aspects of your category including planning, supplier liaison and sourcing, price negotiations and monitoring category performance. Key responsibilities will include: * Building and developing successful relationships with key suppliers. * Category management within strict budgets and targets. Ad-hoc reporting and analysis as necessary. * Delivering all NDP and product innovations on time and within budget, and ensuring that brand integrity and quality is maintained at all times. * Monitoring and analysing trends within your category, including the supplier and contract base. Using this information in a proactive fashion to improve future category performance. * Ensuring packaging and transport complies with relevant regulations. * Setting and planning how to achieve supplier accreditation and service level management. Skills and experience required: * Extensive experience working within FMCG ambient food purchasing and a thorough understanding of purchasing ambient food categories. * Strong negotiation skills and experience - you will be responsible for all negotiations regarding manufacturing/purchasing contracts including; cost prices, payments terms, delivery dates, packaging etc. * Excellent communication skills – be able to work cross-functionally with colleagues and suppliers of all levels. Be able to communicate key information effectively in a way that is understood. * Numeracy skills and business awareness - be able to manipulate and analyse data and present findings. Understand business priorities and needs and apply knowledge to achieve the optimum result for the category. * Proactive and forward thinking- be able to recognise and promote opportunities for improvement through change. Have a positive and calm approach to problem-solving. If you are an experienced Buyer of ambient products and you are looking to join a company that values about its staff and customers, then this could be the role for you. In reward for your hard work you will receive a competitive salary and benefits package. Not only will you have the opportunity to work in an inclusive and rewarding environment, but also the rewards of for a successful and growing business. We request that candidates send their CV as a Microsoft Word document where possible. Quest Search and Selection is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.