Category Buying Manager

Hutchinson Jonas
£50-60k + Benefits
Closing date
11 Nov 2019

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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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?

Main Responsibilities:
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.

Hutchinson Jonas, specialises in the recruitment of FMCG industry professionals.  We cover both the Retail and Manufacturing market areas providing a comprehensive recruitment service to both job seekers and companies alike.


From inception, Hutchinson Jonas has focused upon the food & drink manufacturing sector and is now one of the leading recruiters in this area. We have successfully completed hundreds of assignments and placements and can draw upon over 15 years of recruitment experience at a senior level. Whatever recruitment problem your organisation has faced, we have almost certainly faced them before.

Our testimonials come from some of the leading, most influential people within food manufacturing. They speak volumes about our service and can be seen on our website: 

Any number of things set us apart from the rest, most notably ‘investment’. We invest heavily in staff development to ensure our people remain leaders in their fields. We also invest in database technology to ensure that we are aware of the availability of key people at any given time. And we invest in the community around us – our graduate food science award at Reading University, our charitable work with PROPS and the National Autistic Society, and our sponsorship of local sports teams are all examples of our commitment to social responsibility.

The Hutchinson Jonas Group is split into two distinct brands, offering two distinct services:

Interim Management
Hutchinson Consultancy Ltd specialises in providing the food & drink industry with interim managers for a variety of different assignments and projects. Our hand-picked professionals are experts in their field and provide support for a variety of different scenarios including gap management, sudden departures, specialist projects and managing change.

Permanent Recruitment
Since our inception in 1999, Jonas has built up a reputation for delivering quality, permanent recruitment solutions in a timely, efficient and ethical manner. We have developed partnerships with many key FMCG Manufacturers, Retailers and Food Service companies both large and small. Our Key Accounts team works together with our customers to offer them a truly service orientated recruitment approach, adding value at every stage of the process.


Contact Us
  • Business Services Bromley Ltd
  • Provident House
  • Beckenham
  • BR3 1AT
  • GB
  • 0208 650 7998
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