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Blue Spark
London (Greater)
Closing date
4 Mar 2019

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Buying/Purchasing, Supply Chain
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Company

Our client is a privately owned food business which imports and distributes speciality fine foods, both chilled and ambient, to a range of manufacturing, retail and food service customers. As a leader in their field, they are experiencing continual growth and are now seeking a Buyer who can support their fastest growing categories.

The Role

Reporting to the Buyer Manager, you will be responsible for managing a supply base in particular for the Meat, Fish and Dairy markets, ensuring the required quality, price, and service standards are met or exceeded at all times. You will be required to ensure that all buying activities are carried out in line with company strategy, policies and procedures, ensuring continuity of supply, as well as negotiating contract terms regarding pricing, rebates, promotional support and exclusivity with the designated suppliers to achieve optimal commercial benefit on both sides. The role will develop so that you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the market and will be the ‘expert’ in their field, as well as providing relevant and timely product information for internal customers and colleagues.

The Person

This role would suit a bright and motivated graduate who has a Food or Business related degree, with previous experience in a similar role at either a buying or junior buyer level – ideally you’ll have worked with short shelf life products. Fluency in a second language (Chinese/Italian/French/Spanish) would be an advantage as the role will require dealing with an international supply base, though not essential. Having worked already in the food industry, there will be an expectation that you have a basic appreciation of Food Safety, Food Quality and Customer Audit Compliance. You will need to have excellent communication and time management skills with the ability for understanding and negotiating contracts with ease. In addition, you will be able to confidently employ your strong commercial awareness for the sourcing of new suppliers and products, and will have some experience of applying category management techniques.

So, if you are looking for a role where you can develop your buying and commercial skills, are able to work under pressure and have the communication skills to develop relationships with national and international suppliers, then apply now or call us on 0345 2600 737 to find out more.


Also, 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.


Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection
• Advertised Search
• Executive Search
• Database Search
• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Find Us
0345 2600 737
34/36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 3AL
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