Buying Project Manager (Fetch)

Welwyn Garden City
14 Apr 2018
20 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
The General Merchandise business at Ocado is enjoying rapid growth across both the Ocado website and in the creation of our new ‘destination sites’ (fetch, sizzle and fabled) specialise in specific categories.

The first of our destination sites, fetch, has seen impressive growth since its launch in 2013. We are now looking to recruit a Buying Project Manager for a fixed-term contract to work with new and existing suppliers to source new product ranges that enhance and strengthen our current offer.

Reporting to the Fetch Buying Manager, their role will be to work with key internal stakeholders and suppliers to select and negotiate a compelling range of products to complement our existing proposition.

Roles and responsibilities:
- Work with the Fetch team to understand the existing range, supplier base and range gaps
- Analyse the competition and look for the opportunities to expand our existing range
- Work with the Web Trading and Marketing teams to better understand our existing/potential customer base and what they are looking for online, to help drive decisions based on market insight
- Meet with prospective suppliers to select ranges
- Deliver best in class by creating a compelling customer offer through effective cost negotiation, range selection and management, supplier management and promotional plan for the initial year
- Ensuring that the range launches on time, with suitable supplier investment and in line with business KPI’s
- Develop a rigorous Trading plan for year one for the specific range in collaboration with the Marketing and Web Trading Functions and ensure this is communicated to the wider team in a timely manner

Skills and experience:
- Educated to Degree Level (or equivalent) with a minimum of 2:1 (preferable)
- Strong commercial understanding and the ability to focus on delivery of this project
- Strong interpersonal skills; the Buying Project Manager will need to work closely with a number of internal and external stakeholders.
- A strong record of effective supplier negotiation
- Proven experience within an eCommerce role (preferred)
- Experience building propositions and successfully delivering them
- Self motivated and confident decision maker who is able to work independently and make decisions
- Have ambition and a real passion for all things customer-centric
- Flexibility to travel offsite to external meetings, as required
- PC Literate – at least intermediate level MS Office

- Pension
- Life Assurance
- Private Medical Insurance
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Income Protection
- 23 days holiday, increasing to 25 with 3 years’ service

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ocado is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employers are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status

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