Specialists in the design, development, sourcing and supply of quality consumer leisure goods

CATEGORY BUYER/MANAGER

Location: Heathfield (Newton Abbot)
Department: Buying
Contract: Full-time, Permanent
Salary:£30,000 - £40,000
Benefits:25% TII discount, 50% WB discount, company pension, company sponsored healthcare scheme, 33 days holiday (pro rata) and cycle2work scheme (after six months service).
Working Hours:40 hours per week. Monday to Friday

The Role: Category Buyer/Manager

As a result of our continued success, we are seeking an experienced purchasing professional that will bring enthusiasm and drive to an already ambitious team. The successful candidate will oversee the Bestway and Lay-Z-Spa ranges and will be responsible for knowing each product inside and out, analysing and understanding the market, and managing stock levels to optimise sales. The candidate will be part of a motivated team, working in a progressive and creative environment whilst collaborating with many other key departments across the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of each product within the category
  • Take a leading role in negotiations for all products and managing supplier relationships
  • Analyse and understand the market dynamics to negotiate cost prices
  • Review key competitors and identify new opportunities
  • Recommend new products and potential categories to develop
  • Manage and maintain stock levels to optimise sales
  • Ensure key product data and pricing is maintained within the system
  • Working closely with the Buying and Sales Directors to ensure company margin requirements are achieved
  • Liaise with the import team to deliver goods in order to hit monthly sales targets
  • Travelling to attend UK and international trade shows and visiting suppliers

Person Specification:

Skills/experience

  • Previous buying or purchasing experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Negotiation skills and the ability to network and influence people
  • Knowledge of products and supply chain is desirable
  • Line management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, internal and external
  • Computer literate with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel including equations and macros
  • Excellent numeracy, time management, organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Commercial awareness

Disposition

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to take risks
  • Self-motivated and confident
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Highly organised and methodical
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ambition and passion to succeed

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