Trading Manager | Food Retail | Fresh Produce

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Trading Manager | Food Retail | Fresh Produce
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Are you an experienced buyer with a background in retail or the retail supply chain with experience in fresh produce and direct sourcing? If so, we want to hear from you.

About Our Client
Our client is a leading international, multi-channel retailer with a fantastic reputation for quality and service. They have a strong high street presence and are a household name. The team is made up of a group of passionate foodies who all pull together to offer the best range of products for their customers with a focus on value. They offer support and development for their people with lots of fantastic progression and growth opportunities. They work closely with their suppliers to form long term relationships, taking costs out of the supply chain, whilst innovating to always add value to customers. They are very committed to offering sustainable products that are also good for the planet.

About the Role
This role will lead part of the commercial fresh produce team and will report directly to the head of fresh produce. You will lead your team to offer first-class products and innovation at every day affordable prices. You will work with growers to source products directly wherever possible - whilst also working with key supplier partners and service providers. Your buying and commercial track record will ensure you have the capabilities to drive the business forward and focus on the customers and consumers needs. You will help deliver an immersive fresh market experience that goes well beyond standard retailing - this is industry-leading and cutting edge. Your remit will be to help the business transform how they source products, securing relationships with key supplier partners and affording growers the confidence to invest in their business long term.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for this role will have a track record of delivering complex supplier agreements that utilise long-term relationships with fresh produce growers. You will be a critical part of transforming the fresh produce category within the business and will need to be able to influence internal and external stakeholders to deliver on this vision. You will be able to show your ability to drive sales and market share within the category. You will understand the different sourcing models and seasonality of the fresh produce sector. You will be driven, ambitious and passionate, possessing strong communication, financial and planning skills.

Minimum Requirements
To be considered for this role, you will need to have a background in the fresh food sector, ideally fresh produce. You will need to be able to demonstrate your ability to negotiate and build long-term relationships. Knowledge of complex, multi-supplier negotiations and supply chains is also a must. Your people management and emotional intelligence skills will be strong too.

Application Process
The successful applicant will move through a multi-stage interview process, which can often take a few weeks to complete when accommodating stakeholder's prior commitments.

How to Apply
If this sounds like you, please apply below. To discuss the role in more detail before submitting an application, please contact Tom Edmondson-Matthews on 01780 480 530 or Job reference TEM13991


MorePeople is a specialist recruitment business providing permanent and interim solutions for the Produce & Horticulture, Food, Agriculture and Garden & Leisure sectors across the UK and internationally. Our focus is on retail and foodservice supply chains, from ‘own label’ suppliers to blue chip brands.

Founded in 2000 by two passionate foodies with vast experience of working in the industry, our team comprises extremely knowledgeable ex-industry professionals and professional recruiters who are passionate about the sectors. We take a functional approach to recruitment with dedicated teams for Commercial, Technical, Operational, HR and Finance roles. The majority of placements are for permanent, full-time professional roles ranging from Graduates and Junior Managers to Senior Directors.

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01780 480530
Acanthus House
10a Belton Street
United Kingdom

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