Food Buyer

Michael Page
01 Oct 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

This role will manage a number of categories through range and promotions to deliver sales and margin targets. Selecting products for the core estate and sourcing where needed, negotiating with suppliers, collaborating with business colleagues to manage stock, availability, waste and to ensure continuity of supply.

Client Details

Our Client is a growing discount retailer based in the North West, with exciting plans to double their retail portfolio over the next 3-5 years.



  • Maximising sales for given product areas to meet agreed targets
  • Manage pricing and promotional issues for category
  • Monitoring and evaluation of performance against budget / forecast, including sales value, volume and profits
  • Conducting supplier negotiations to deliver great products and promotions that are competitively priced for our customers and meet margin and sales targets
  • Range selection , development and management for given categories to maximise sales and margin
  • Ensuring that categories comply with company policy and external legal requirements in relation to trading and product quality
  • Negotiating with suppliers to deliver the most efficient supply chain at the lowest cost
  • Effective negotiation with suppliers to maximise margin and meet other income targets with a strong promotional package
  • Sharing product and category expertise with other members of the team as appropriate


Particular skills required to be successful in the role are:-

  • Negotiation
  • Analytical Thinking - Ability to manage multiple data points and develop reasoned responses to problems
  • Influencing and relationship building
  • Commercial Acumen - Ability to judge the market and maximise sales margin
  • Retail market knowledge - Understanding of supply chain and promotion mechanics as well as manufacturing and retail operations and the ability to derive value
  • Product Knowledge - Considered business expert in their categories and demonstrate a passion for product quality and provenance

Job Offer

Competitive dependant on experience.

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