Food Buyer

GBP45000 - GBP50000 per annum +
11 Aug 2017
10 Sep 2017
Thomas Willis
Specialist Area
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Food Buyer required to join an established procurement team

Client Details

Our client are a leading food service business that have an established reputation across the market and continue to grow. It is a great time to join this business!


  • To negotiate and manage the lowest nett delivered product cost for the business( including and not limited to : the best cost effective Route to Market options, a timely Tender management programme , and ensuring that every interface with suppliers allows for reduction in cost, increasing income and extracting value )
  • To oversee and ensure the accurate maintenance of product and cost price files on the central operating system - preventing any margin losses and data errors
  • To negotiate, generate & manage all Buying Income & Terms with suppliers.

  • To manage an effective supplier selection process for trading with the business and their compliance to the Commercial guides and Inventory Terms & Conditions

  • To proactively be aware of supplier, market and competitor developments across all areas of responsibility and to take appropriate action to ensure that the business obtains and maintains a leading market profile.

  • To actively contribute to and implement the Range Optimisation Control process in order to achieve an effective balance & range offering for depots, sales & customers

  • To work in an effective and pro-active manner with the Category Manager to deliver range opportunities, New Product Development ( brand & own brand ), and the overall Category Strategies as agreed and identified by Insights, Commercial Board, and overall Company & sales development plan.


  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills in managing product costs and income generation.
  • Commercially-aware purchasing professional with category & food market knowledge and relevant experience gained in a similar role.
  • Ability to develop and implement category plans with the Category Managers and achieve annual targets.
  • Operate an effective Range Management Programme with agreed set of KPI's( ROC )
  • Effective communicator at all levels.
  • An awareness of latest industry practices and supplier bases.
  • Financially astute in managing & reconciling income and terms, plus budget setting
  • Managing multiple tasks & stakeholders internally & externally.
  • Implement Best Practice at all times and continually look at innovative and enhanced ways of working to improve & better develop outputs & results.

Job Offer

£45,000 - £50,000 plus package

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