Craft Beer Buyer

Nigel Wright
Closing date
9 Feb 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
The Company:

We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the fantastic Beer52 in their search for a Craft Beer Buyer to join their expanding team based out of Edinburgh.

Beer52 are the world's most popular craft beer club with a growing number of members keen to try a selection of delicious beers every month. Delivered along with their magazine 'Ferment' Beer 52's subscription boxes have reached more than a million people, enabling them to enjoy and explore the exciting world of craft beer.

The Role:

Beer52 is the largest independent buyer of craft beer in the UK, with longstanding and intimate relationships with several hundred leading brewers from across the globe. Collecting millions of reviews from customers, the buying team have industry-leading insights into new trends and work closely with suppliers to remain at the cutting edge of new releases by the most sought-after brands.

We are looking for an experienced buyer to work alongside one existing buyer to manage a multi-million pound annual beer budget. To deliver competitive value for money to Beer52 customers, you will have keen negotiation skills. Beer52's model creates a win-win for supplier partners, helping to promote their beer and story to a large audience. You will be adept at communicating this unique proposition to brewery owners and marketing teams.
With hundreds of new suppliers every year and thousands of deliveries into their warehouse, your attention to detail and ability to track costs across stock, duty and freight, will ensure you hit commercial targets.

You will work closely with the founders to implement their ambitious plans to make Beer52's monthly themes and beer selection an exciting package for the members. Collaborating with breweries to develop exclusive beers helps Beer52 to offer a unique experience. Discovering the best breweries in new countries and US states helps those brands launch in the UK for the first time.

The Person:
The team at Beer52 are all passionate about craft beer and it's their mission to build the world's leading craft beer community. The type of person we are looking for to join the team will have prior experience of buying in a fast-paced commercial environment and be skilled at thinking independently to solve problems as they arise.

Beer 52 are a high growth company in a competitive market - you will be comfortable with this pressure to offer the most exciting beers at a competitive price point. You will plan carefully to protect margins by avoiding overstock, making sure that your communication with the forecasting team is constant.

Some of the other key skills and attributes we are looking for are:
• 3 years + experience as a retail buyer
• Education to degree level or hold relevant professional qualification
• Understanding of craft beer styles and ability to assess quality of product and packaging would be a real advantage although this can also be taught
• Ability to negotiate make good commercial decisions
• General understanding of cost accounting
• Ability to manage a plan with many moving parts.
• Strong planning, communication and presentation skills

This is a great position for an experienced buyer looking to grow their career in an exciting, fast paced business, working alongside a motivated team driven by a desire to succeed with high ambitions for growth!

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