Category Buying Manager
Are you an experienced and talented Retail Category Buying Manager?
Do you have a passion for food and innovation?
Are you looking for an opportunity to work for an exciting food brand?
To support the achievement of the food innovation plan, product plans and commercial budget, by working closely with the Food, Technical and Commercial teams.
This will involve specific responsibility for effective sourcing of products to meet quality, brand values, availability and cost requirements through the effective and ongoing management of the supply base.
To drive sales and market share whilst delivering profit through strategic buying.
Work cross functionally with the technical and product development teams to create the best offer for customers though focused ranges and promotions by delivering the category plan.
Determine the overall supply base and procurement plan.
Collaborative working with supply base and category team to plan and implement promotions, NPD, exceptional trading, seasonality, peaks and events.
Key Skills Required:
Open to any food product background as long as you have a strong passion for food.
A proven track record in a similar role is required and in particular experience within a retail background would be advantageous, although experience in a foodservice environment would also be considered.
Previous buying experience is essential together with excellent negotiation skills and the ability to deliver to tight deadlines.
Strong communication and relationship building skills are required.
You will need to be very commercially aware, with strong trading and innovation skills.