Location Surrey
Salary: £35000 to £35000
Contact name: Felicity Handley

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Job ref: 5694
Published: 22 days ago

Our client, a market leading large organisation, is looking for a Buyer to join their category team to support the end-to-end process across the Food category. The Buyer will be handling various suppliers and will be delivering improvements within cost and quality. The ideal Buyer will need to come from a food/retail/hospitality buying background and will be extremely organised. 

This role will be a 50/50 hybrid role. 

Key Responsibilities for the Buyer:

  • You will support the Category Manager to develop and execute a long-term category strategy to deliver sustainable improvements in terms of cost, quality, service and innovation, in collaboration with the procurement team & other relevant business stakeholders
    • Identifying potential suppliers, visiting, and meeting existing suppliers, building, and maintaining relationships
    • You will understand key cost drivers, industry trends and standard methodologies to design/implement the category strategy for all subcategories in the meat and poultry categories
    • Develop and maintain long term pricing mechanisms across our meat and poultry supply base to drive sustainable competitive advantage
    • You will support our supply chain team to ensure on -time direct supply and supply via distributor aligned to SLA’s
    • Ensure your product range is compliant to food safety regulations & CSR requirements, assuring high quality standards always
    • You will be accountable for your category spend
    • Evaluating bids with the sourcing team and making recommendations based on commercial, technical, supply and quality requirements, using your category expertise and knowledge
    • You will communicate industry trends across the business
    • Regularly review supplier performance to support category growth
    • Manage category related queries from internal and external stakeholders
    • Support our sales and bid teams with content

Skills Required for the Buyer:

  • Results Oriented – comfortable delivering against bold and stretching targets
    • Experience in a buying role within food/retail/hospitality.
    • Has the technical skill combined with enough gravitas to become recognized as a subject matter expert.
    • Competent with procurement systems, ideally having used these in current/previous employment
    • Demonstrated ability to develop credible business relationships
Please apply as directed!