About The... Imagine what you could achieve here. At Morrisons, our heritage is retail, so working at pace, achieving value and putting the customer first is part of our DNA. Our trading teams are key to our success and we...
Imagine what you could achieve here. At Morrisons, our heritage is retail, so working at pace, achieving value and putting the customer first is part of our DNA. Our trading teams are key to our success and we are looking for a commercial Buying Manager to join our Trading team and manage our spirits category.
At Morrisons, we’re the single biggest food manufacturer in the UK, and the only retailer to operate our own processing sites. Which means we’re not just responsible for keeping our shelves stocked - we need to stock our manufacturing sites, too.
As a true one-of-a-kind business, we curate, arrange and buy everything from raw materials like flour and meat to the products our customers pop in for every day. We negotiate prices and make sure we’re able to sell as much as we can. We look at product packaging and quality to help us decide where products will sit in our stores.
And when you remember that each category is worth a percentage of our overall £12billion turnover from supermarket sales alone, the impact of each buying team is huge.
We work in embedded business teams, so our Buyers sit with their supply chain, finance and technical counterparts, working alongside each other to make decisions and take action quickly. We even have joint targets so that we’re unified in our mission to serve our customers.
You will deliver exceptional, customer-led ranges which drive sales and margin across a specific category. You will build on the capability of our Buying team by engaging with different teams across the business to translate customer buying insights into competitive customer propositions, ensuring quality and value.
You’ll be responsible for:
Working with buyers to develop and deliver the category plan for a high spend, complex area
Driving sales and profit through acting on our customer insight to deliver the right range and customer proposition
Delivery of margin targets through negotiation and robust supplier plans
Delivering our supplier promises (12 point charter) through continuously improving Supplier relationships and engagement with detailed supplier knowledge and regular supplier visits
Using your market understanding of the category, including competitor insight to develop compelling category strategies
Actively support and promote the high performance culture of the Buying team, including the support of personal and professional growth to encourage colleagues to be the best they can be
Helping to deliver a great customer experience – helping them to buy
Operating in full compliance with the Grocery Suppliers Code of Practice (GSCOP)
So that you are set for success, we are looking for a self-starter, who is an exceptional communicator with the ability to influence at all levels. You’ll need to be resilient enough to negotiate at the highest levels - and have the conviction to keep pushing to the end. You’ll need to be a strong and confident decision maker - someone with attention to detail who can interrogate data and ask the right questions.
Track record as a Buying Manager/Senior Buyer in a similar environment
A proven negotiator
Proven experience of delivering category strategies in a complex, competitive market
A strong customer centricity with a track record of putting the customer first
Ability to work at pace, in a fast and flexible environment with drive, energy and enthusiasm
Significant commercial understanding with an excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision making background
Experience of building relationships at all levels to drive commercial benefit
Experience of implementing and driving unified strategies in a complex business environment
In return for looking after our customers, we look after our colleagues too
25 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays & option to buy an additional 5 days annual leave (pro-rata’d)
4 day working week + occasional Saturdays
Annual bonus plan
Market leading staff discount scheme
Competitive pension scheme
Onsite Staff Shop, Barista Bar, Gym facilities, subsidised Canteen
We pride ourselves on being a diverse and inclusive business and are committed to making Morrisons a brilliant place to work, harbouring an environment where our people can thrive.
Treating all colleagues with respect and dignity is the Morrisons way - we celebrate individuality and love different perspectives. It’s what you bring to the table that matters.
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