Category Buyer

Location: Howden, Yorkshire

Hours: Competitive

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 31 January 2020

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Category Buyer

Category Buyer

Location: Northampton/Howden


As a Category Buyer within our Appliance Category, you’ll be reporting to our Senior Category Buyer within the wider Commercial team.


You’ll be responsible for delivering targeted P&L benefits and supporting the development of a supply base that guarantees supply and provides growth, as well as the supply strategies that underpin our wider business objectives.  Accountable for an extensive purchasing portfolio, you’ll deliver cost reduction against agreed targets, identifying new supply options and product opportunities, as well as negotiating effective commercial terms, with input from our Senior Category Buyer


  • Accountable for a number of multi-million pound accounts totalling over £50m.
  • Working closely with a multi-national supply base including international renowned organisations.
  • Extensive purchasing portfolio with end to end responsibilities that includes range and  product lifecycle management, tendering and bench marking and launch support and market pricing.
  • UK and international travel will be required.

What you'll need to succeed

  • Must have 5yrs+ of industry experience.
  • CIPS qualification is preferential but not essential.
  • Ideally have experience or exposure to Product and Brand leadership.
  • Experience or exposure to negotiating and compiling supply agreements
  • A strong all-round communicator with global sourcing exposure and strong analytical skills.

Howdens Joinery is a highly successful business, with more than 700 depots nationwide and more than 8,000 staff. Last year our sales reached circa £1.5 billion and we continue to experience significant growth and success. Despite our scale, Howdens remains a local business with traditional values.  We have a very competitive salary and benefits package including 25 days holiday (pro rata), company bonus and matched contribution pension scheme, modern spacious offices with onsite car parking, great social events and a friendly and supportive working environment.  As well as the opportunity to develop within a high profile FTSE 250 company, you will be part of a rewarding organisation recognised for excellence in the workplace in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work

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