Senior Buyer

Recruiter
WHSmith
Location
City of London
Salary
£50000 - £55000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Posted
15 Jun 2018
Closes
15 Jul 2018
Ref
29890BR
Sector
FMCG, Retail
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

Australia, Spain, Singapore - just three of the 25+ countries you can find our stores. Our International business is booming and we now have over 250 overseas sites, with many more in the pipeline. You'll find us at airports, stations, hospitals and shopping malls all over the world, with stores run directly, through joint ventures or via 'Franchise Partnership' models. It's an exciting part of the company, full of ambitious, go-getting folk with strong commercial acumen.


Buying forms the backbone of our business and is incredibly fast-paced. By identifying trends and understanding our on-going success stories, this team ensure what customers want is on our shelves. It takes a flair for relationship building, negotiation and an analytical approach. We look for people who can deliver a variety of strategies to help drive sales and profit and who have an affinity with what we sell.

We now have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Senior Buyer to join our talented International Team in Holborn on a permanent basis. The Senior Buyer will report into the Head of Trading. The principal objective of this role is to deliver maximum sales and profitability through determining the offers we make to our customers and successfully managing both the trading activities and profit and loss.

What you'll do:
As the Senior Buyer you will be accountable for growing and developing new areas of business and identifying strategic growth opportunities for our General Merchandise category across our international territories for centrally bought ranges. You will manage our supplier relationships, building strategic relationships with the biggest global brands in the industry to negotiate great deals, working closely with UK and International teams.

To succeed, you'll need to inspire your team to deliver your trading goals, engaging and motivating them to help deliver your strategies. You'll also need to keep abreast of market trends, customer requirements and competitor activities to ensure our fingers are on the pulse of any new commercial opportunities. Using your analytical skill set you'll analyse the range, ensuring an appropriate customer offer and with commercial thinking and ingenuity, you'll create new categories, ranges, appropriate pricing and sales-boosting strategies.

What's in it for you?
You'll be at of the hub of an incredibly fast-moving function and you'll be trusted to make decisions that benefit the business. It's a serious responsibility - which will seriously motivate you. You'll thrive on the freedom and the chance to use your skills and will be supported with plenty of training and development opportunities. What's more, you can expect some fab rewards, including an achievable annual bonus, 25 days' holiday (and the option to buy more), private medical insurance and a car allowance. Plus, a competitive pension, the perks of your birthday off and an early finish on Fridays, and lots more! Our London Head Office is only a five minute walk from Holborn tube and close to lots of shops, bars and restaurants, and we're in the process of moving to exciting new offices in Liverpool Street towards the end of 2018!

Who we're looking for:
You'll be at Senior Buyer level or Buyer level looking for a step up with experience in a similar General Merchandise or FMCG category within the retail, hospitality or convenience retail market. You'll have a background in developing and delivering results within your category and have excellent commercial acumen to interpret the market quickly. You will be a recognised leader, who not only engages and motivates their team, but develops them also. We're looking for someone who is creative, but also commercial, with a head for figures, as this area's data-driven. Knowledge of Profit & Loss and supplier management is essential. If you're analytical, calm and articulate, you could be the ideal fit.

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