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Trading Manager Grocery

Blue Spark
London (Greater)
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

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The Company

This is an excellent chance to be part of a nationally recognised food retailer who put quality and freshness at the heart of everything they do. They are now seeking a talented Trading Manager / Buyer- Grocery to join their Trading Team.


The Role

Reporting into the Trading Controller, you will take the lead on developing and implementing category plans for your specific product sector, making it your goal to improve efficiency, cost, quality and profitability whilst still maintaining security of supply. You will negotiate volume and time driven contracts to ensure strong availability and efficient logistics for own brand offerings. Along with this, you will be responsible for forecasting whilst having a good eye for any potential risks and understanding how to negate their impact.

Having the customer in mind, you will keep up to date with market trends and communicate your findings to the wider business to ensure continuous improvement. This will include working with the brand team to identify new products and then working with NPD teams in your supplier base to develop & launch new products. In terms of promotional responsibilities, you will be expected to build a compelling promotional plan ensuring it is relevant and competitive in order to drive category growth. This will include identifying seasonal opportunities within your product area that can help boost the category.


The Person

We are looking for an ambitious and self-motivated Buyer with experience of working for a food branded business or retailer. You will have a strong understanding of cost drivers and context of the market dynamics from competitors to commodity influences.

You must also be able to adapt yourself to a variety of different tasks from administrative to complex and cross functional business projects. A commercial mind-set with the ability to negotiate is also essential alongside excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills. You’ll be able to draw upon your previous buying experience in order to network and manage relationships with suppliers to achieve results.

If this sounds like your ideal next challenge, please apply below or call Kimia on 0345 2600 737/ 07700 137 110.


Ref: F6755


Due to the large number of applications our opportunities attract, it sometimes takes us time to thoroughly review and consider them all. We endeavour to respond to every application within 5 working days, however if you have not heard from us within this timeframe, we are sorry to say your application for the role has not been successful. To support you in showcasing your best self, we make sure that any necessary accommodations, whether physical or non-physical, are provided to assist you throughout the job application and interview process.

Also, please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.


Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection

• Advertised Search

• Executive Search

• Database Search

• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Company info
0345 2600 737
34 - 36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 3AL

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