Buying Manager - Wimbledon - South London

South West London
From £40,600 to £70,000 per annum subject to experience and 10% London
09 Feb 2017
09 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Our Buying department is at the forefront of our success. Not only is it one of our largest and fastest expanding departments, it influences every product in every store. From the way a product tastes to how the packaging looks to the final retail price, it all starts here.

Wasting no time in making decisions every day… decisions that will impact on the success of each and every Lidl store in the UK, you will relish the challenge of negotiation, especially at high levels. Backed by training and support, your self-confidence will grow even further.

Thriving in a fast paced environment, and possessing real entrepreneurial flair, joining this dynamic and highly motivated department full of likeminded, gifted individuals could be the perfect opportunity for you!

What will you need?

  • A 2:1 degree in any discipline (business preferred)
  • Previous food retail buying experience
  • A full driving license
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently within a high pressured environment
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
  • A naturally analytical mind-set with plenty of common sense
  • Excellent standard of numeracy
  • Entrepreneurial flair with a talent for negotiating and networking at the highest levels
  • The ability to make important decisions and cope with the pressure of demanding targets and tight deadlines
  • Highly computer literate
  • A high degree of adaptability
  • The confidence to make tough decisions
  • A strong team player
  • Required to travel throughout the UK, role may also and may involve occasional international travel
  • German not essential but preferred
What will you do?

  • As an experienced Food Retail Buyer, you will be accountable for a group products within the Lidl assortment
  • Responsible for market observation and defining product ranges and qualities through conducting thorough Product Range Analysis
  • Preparing, conducting and maintaining negotiations and contracts with national suppliers
  • Defining and ongoing monitoring of product retail prices
  • Maintaining ongoing communication and relationship management with suppliers
  • Responsible for conception and implementation of category strategies
  • Ensuring full availability of the products in your categories in all listed regions
  • Managing the development of individual packaging and artwork for specified products
  • Managing and maintaining close working relationships with the International Buying department
Where will you be based?

In our UK Head Office in Wimbledon, South London. Your initial training could take you to various sites throughout the UK mainland and may also involve a trip to our International Head Office in Germany.

What do we offer?


  • £40,600 – £70,000 per annum (subject to experience and 10% London Weighting)
  • Fully expensed company car
  • 35 days holiday per annum (pro rata, including Bank Holidays)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • 10% discount on all Lidl products, in all stores throughout the UK
  • Access to corporate discounts on a range of products and services (including holidays, home and garden products, leisure activities and more)
  • Initial training and on-going development from an experienced team member
  • Brilliant opportunities for quick progression to senior management and long term career prospects