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Group Buying Manager - Midlands

Job Title: Group Buying Manager - Midlands
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: East Midlands,
Salary: £60000 - £65000 per annum + Car+ Bonus + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q96415
Contact Name: Quest Search and Selection
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 12, 2015 15:43

Job Description

My client is looking for an Group Buying Manager to join one of the UK's FTSE retailer. With over 300 stores and plans to top open c100 more this non-food retail has shown single digit positive growth with on-going development plans.

The duties and responsibilities centre reporting to and supporting the Buying Director, you will manage, maintain and further develop the division in-line with company business plans and initiatives.

Key responsibilities will also include to lead and inspire a team to :

  • Develop and agree the strategic direction for all categories
  • Planning, sourcing and developing a commercial successful range.
  • Negotiating cost prices and delivery dates.
  • Manage and develop key strategic relationships with suppliers
  • Maintain excellent knowledge of market and industry developments and assess possible implications for the business
  • Negotiate product cost and rebates
  • Implement appropriate sourcing solutions to meet category needs
  • Find new sources and negotiate terms with suppliers
  • Maintaining the range development critical path in support of our iterative buying cycle
  • Ensuring that all samples meets the brands high standards.
  • Completing regular competitor shops and market research
  • Making suggestions for new products and developments
  • Actively managing and training junior members of the department.

You must have the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience in a Buying Manager or senior buying role within a retailer -categories that would be ideal include Furniture, Electrical, hardlines ideally - however other categories will definitely be considered and will not be discounted!
  • Experience of managing and developing a team of Buyers and Junior Buyers
  • Inspirational leadership and people management skills
  • International sourcing experience including Far East and Europe including understanding of country and global supply chain processes
  • Outstanding negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to influence and build strong relationships, with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Financially astute with a deep understanding of margin and pricing
  • Able to think strategically and translate this into operational actions that deliver sales growth and margin improvement
  • A natural team player with the ability to manage cross departmental relationships

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a market-leading retailer going from strength to strength! As we as this you will have the opportunity to earn a 1/3 of your salary in bonus, car or car allowance and other benefits associated with a blue-chip business. If you do fit the criteria & you are looking for a new challenge; please apply now quoting the reference Q97074.

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.