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Buying Manager - Food

Job Title: Buying Manager - Food
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: West Midlands, West Midlands
Industry:
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + Car Allowance + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q99788
Contact Name: Quest Search and Selection
Contact Email: samantha.silva@questsearch.co.uk
Job Published: January 24, 2016 18:16

Job Description

This retailer is looking to recruit a talented Trading Manager /Buyer to oversee one of their Food category. This business has been on the high-street for over 50 years and has over 150 stores and are well represented nationwide and still continue to grow.

As a Trading Controller you will be responsible for the buying, supply and development of a range of products to achieve targets and maximise turnover and profitability. This role will be placed depending on the experience of the successful candidate & are open to backgrounds from Grocery, Fresh or impulse categories.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and develop a profitable and commercial product range
  • Negotiate and monitor terms with suppliers and drive excellent business relationships with both UK and European suppliers.
  • Drive cost down within supply base where needed
  • New product development opportunities
  • Drive sales and profit through the strategic planning of the category alongside active competitor analysis, whilst satisfying customer needs
  • Maintain sales and profit according to budget within a short, medium and long-term business plan
  • Responsible for the promotional programme to maximise profit and sales
  • Manage and lead junior members of the team and support them in their development

To be successful in the position you must have -

  • Category Management or Buying experience within retail, wholesale, value retail or supermarket background
  • Track record of success within your career
  • Highly developed negotiation and analytical skills, teamed with an acute commercial awareness to help understand market conditions
  • Delivered outstanding results as part of a team
  • Excellent communication at all levels
  • Maintain and developed supplier relationships

In return you will work for a retailer with a great national presence with over £1 billion in sales. This position comes with a car allowance, pension and bonus potential.

This is a business where leadership and behavioural competencies are essential for the fit of the business! If you feel that this opportunity sounds like you please send your cv quoting the reference Q99788.

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.