Senior Buyer - Produce

Hutchinson Jonas
£50-70k plus bens
Closing date
12 Nov 2019

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Business Sector
Other Business Sector
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  • To deliver the strategic purchasing goals with regards to produce purchasing.
  • To deliver increased profit 
  • To strengthen relationships and communication between the purchasing team, stakeholders in the relevant markets and the supply base

Accountable for:

  • Leading and developing the produce team to achieve the following key goals:
  • Ensuring category management strategies are developed and delivered for all categories
  • Rolling out and strengthening approved produce programmes across Europe
  • Supplier management, supply chain optimisation, quality, risk management, negotiation and communication around the produce category.
  • Developing the team
  • Developing relationships with key stakeholders across the system

  Principal responsibilities:

  • Leading the team to ensure robust category strategies are in place for all categories and key deliverables are met
  • Team management including objective setting and review and development plans
  • Carrying out the following activities both directly and by the team. The team should be held to account to ensure they are done:
    • Negotiating pricing and contracts
    • Managing suppliers and holding them to account
    • Maintaining accurate price files and ensuring changes are communicated in a timely manner
    • Sourcing new items in line with guidelines
    • Working with technical colleagues to ensure suppliers are meeting quality objectives
    • Maintaining contingency and risk management plans to ensure continuous supply
    • Communicating to Franchisees, the board, and other stakeholders


Qualifications, skills and knowledge:

  •  Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Relevant purchasing qualifications desirable but not mandatory
  • Extensive experience working in a food or beverage (or equivalent) purchasing role
  • Previous experience of managing a team
  • Broader commercial skillset to deliver franchisee profit through more than just price negotiation
  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills
  • Experience of international and cross-cultural working
  • Strong analytical, commercial and negotiation skills
  • Experience working in a service-oriented organization with demanding customers





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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