This is a fantastic opportunity for a Category Buyer to join a highly successful food business supplying a wide range of speciality products to the major UK retailers and food service businesses. This company has great expertise in their innovative categories and needs a talented Senior / Category Buyer to help build on their success in this high profile role.
In this new position you will use your expertise to lead the buying function where you’ll be implementing successful processes through proactive communication and negotiation to deliver agreed budgets, category income targets and KPIs. Reporting to the Buying Manager you’ll be responsible for consolidating the supplier base whilst maximising margin on product categories, sourcing continental meats, and dairy products in line with group strategy to achieve profit for the company as well as ensuring quality products for your key customers.
Additional responsibilities will include making recommendations for developing product strategies, keeping abreast of the latest industry movements and food trends. You’ll also use your experience of working with a diverse supplier base including well-known brand names, applying your strong understanding of the current market to offer an assorted range without compromising on quality. This is a very cross functional role requiring you to build excellent internal relationships with internal teams from sales and commercial to NPD.
You will be an established Buyer who has a successful history of working for a food manufacturer, food service business or food retailer. Experience of working within the branded or own label product ranges would also be highly advantageous. You’ll have exceptional negotiation and influencing skills along with an eye for detail and a results-orientated approach, and will have exceptional multi-tasking skills with the ability to work well under pressure. An understanding of BRC and knowledge of using internal buying systems is also desirable as well as good numerical and IT skills.
So if you are a driven Buying professional ready to make an impact with a progressive and supportive business then apply now or call us on 0845 2600 737 for more information.
Please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.