Head of Buying – Luxury & Artisan Food

Head of Buying – Luxury & Artisan Food

Ref: JO-2204-110106 | £60000 - £65000 per annum + + Bonus + Benefits | Location:London, England | Added:04/05/22

This SME, award-winning business is currently looking for a Head of Buying to work alongside the Head of NPD to drive all categories of their supplier & retail business.

This role will be looking after all buying categories with Fresh, Bakery & Ambient, including branded finished products. The overall accountability is to achieve targets and maximise turnover and profitability and be accountable of the EBITDA.

Roles & Responsibilities of this Head of Buying – Luxury & Artisan Food include:

  • Lead a team of 3-5 Buyers
  • Negotiate and monitor terms with suppliers and drive excellent business relationships with both UK and International suppliers.
  • Working with the Buyer & Supply Manager to complete open to buy forecasts
  • Looking at news suppliers and negotiating terms of business
  • Getting customers feedback from Manager’s and the Insight team
  • Maintain sales and profit according to budget within a short, medium and long-term business plan
  • Own the delivery of budgeted sales, waste and margin across all food retail departments.
  • Negotiate and deliver margin improvements across the end-to-end operation without compromising brand standards.
  • Initiate and lead category reviews to deliver continuous improvement in product range, sales, quality, and pricing

To be successful in this Head of Buying position you must have –

  • Buying Manager or Head of Buying experience within Retail or Wholesale food background from a chilled, fresh food, grocery or ambient category.
  • Have led a team of 2+ people
  • Open to working for a SME to drive growth
  • This is a 12-month contract so will need to be immediately available or no more than a 1-month notice period.
  • Have led and coached to deliver outstanding results as part of a team
  • Excellent communication at all levels & maintain and developed key supplier relationships
  • have lots of experience with procurement strategy and supplier management.
  • You will need to have a real passion for food and commitment to working in a fast-paced environment!
  • This position is ideally suited to someone in the Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire or London location due to the travel of this position.

The Benefits of this Head of Buying – Luxury & Artisan Food position –

  • Bonus potential
  • Potential of the contract to be extended or go permanent
  • Subsidised private healthcare
  • 25 days holiday
  • Generous discount across the group
  • Enhanced pension contribution

You will have exposure to the senior leadership and board and be part of a wider business. If you think you have the relevant Food buying experience and principles please apply today quoting the reference JO-2204-110106.

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