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Senior Food & Drink Buyer

Job Title: Senior Food & Drink Buyer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q94039
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
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Job Published: September 23, 2013 18:30

Job Description

An exciting opportunity for a Senior Food and Drink Buyer has become available. As the Senior Buyer you will be responsible for creating and implementing the annual strategic direction for food buying by category for some of the UK’s favourite restaurant brands. Key Responsibilities include: * Creating strategic vision and developing and implementing buying and sourcing strategies * Managing the commercial relationships with all suppliers * Managing supply chain relationships through suppliers and third party logistics providers * Influencing business performance through supplier negotiations and identifying new sourcing opportunities * Be involved in the new menu development process and deliver appropriate quality new menus/products * Leading, coaching and developing your team to support personal development and meet agreed performance targets * Work cross functionally to support product development, food safety, and corporate social responsibility Key Skills required: * Solid financial and quantitative analysis skills * Strong written and oral communication skills * Excellent supplier management and negotiation skills * Strong focus on the customer and product quality * People management – influencing, communicating, leadership, team and cross-functional working and networking * Strong decision-making, judgement, planning and organising, with a willingness to take calculated risks to exceed goals * Proactive, decisive and able to overcome obstacles If you are an experienced food buyer or category manager in a retail or food service business and are a creative and innovative thinker, willing to challenge the current processes and models within the business to drive success and an ever improving customer experience then we would welcome your application. 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.