Assistant Buyer

Job Type Commercial
Region South East England
Location Bracknell
Preferred Hours Full Time
Partnership Level
07
Closing Date 26/5/2019
Vacancy Type
Permanent
Salary £30000 - £40500
Salary Frequency per annum
Hours of Work
35 hours per week
Monday to Friday
09:00-17:30

We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees however it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Duties & Responsibilities

It's an exciting time to join the Commercial team in one of the UK's best-loved brands.

At Waitrose & Partners, we're reshaping our Commercial function and investing in new capabilities to secure the future of the business - creating a strong, relevant and sustainable Waitrose with a distinctive place in the market. Commercial is in a period of exciting change, leading the way in Waitrose & Partners, making it an exciting place to come and join.
It's an exciting time to join the Commercial team in one of the UK's best-loved brands.

As the retail world changes around us, we're continually evolving our strategy and our proposition to lead the way in meeting the needs of our customers, and to stay ahead of our competitors.

Waitrose buys and sells the best quality food in the land, therefore we are looking for candidates with a passion for food, with exceptional buying skills and ideally some supermarket buying experience

This is all part of working at the heart of a sustainable and thriving Partnership that's fit for the future.

In Commercial, we are set up and work in a way that means that:
Our customers choose us first - because we offer inspiring and innovative products and services that they really want, with the best quality and price
People choose to work here - because it's where they are valued and recognised for their contribution
We work together to deliver sustainable and profitable revenue, ensuring long-term financial success

Our Commercial Partners will work in a team that:
Are closely aligned with our Customer function, using data to understand customer trends and preferences
Adopt a Category Management approach, with multi-disciplinary trading teams organised around the food and products we provide
Support people to develop their skills and career paths, with opportunities for more flexibility, better movement and high-quality professional development
Are part of building the future of Commercial for Waitrose & Partners
Works collaboratively and horizontally across multiple teams and functions

Waitrose buys and sells the best quality food in the land, therefore we are looking for candidates with a passion for food, with exceptional buying skills and ideally some supermarket buying experience, As the Assistant Buyer you'll be responsible for helping the Buyer and team to deliver a strong commercial performance for the Category​ Pod, including the commercial responsibility for own area.

This role would suit someone who is self motivated, organised, with an ability to communicate effectively with  all stakeholders. Ideal for a confident, assertive person, with good communication and numerical skills. 

Job Requirements

Build annual Demand Category plans by merging Category Strategy direction sheet and Trade  Planning, supplier brand plans, category data and insight and customer insight 
Provide accurate forecasts and costed options for change to inform Customer & Trade Plans 
Deliver the Customer Plan through Category Plans 
Deliver target sales and profit 
Own the supplier strategy and selection supporting delivery of Corporate Social Responsibility and  Brand objectives 
Own the commercial relationships between Waitrose and suppliers 
Ensure the correct master range assortment is in place 
Day to day management of the assortment 
Negotiate with suppliers to increase margin deliver

*Full Job Description attached**

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

Graduate calibre desirable.
Buying experience.
Communicating at all levels of the business.
External commercial experience/exposure.

Required desirable experience skills and qualifications

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