Buyer - Directs

Location: Howden, Yorkshire

Hours: 37.5

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 22 February 2019

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Buyer - Directs

As Howdens continue to successfully grow the business they are recruiting a Directs Buyer for a new position in the Sourcing team. Your role will be to manage the commercial relationship with our global suppliers within your Category and further develop commercial options for supply. As part of your day to day role, you will manage a portfolio of c£30m, identify new suppliers through research, identification and recommendation. You will work on new product development and introduction to our business, negotiating the commercial detail and ensuring the product meets the needs of our business. You’ll innovate and operate autonomously in the role through developing your understanding of supply for your product category as well as understanding the external conditions and influences that may impact future availability and cost.


You’ll have a direct impact on our P&L, be responsible for managing the cost base, continually improving and seeking efficiencies whilst maintaining quality in line with our “no call-back” customer commitment. As such, you will play a key role in developing our long-term growth plans with our suppliers.  The critical part of the role is to ensure the supply base meet the depots availability, quality needs and commercial requirements:

  • 100% on the shelf availability
  • Bullet proof quality standards
  • P&L budgeted cost reduction targets




We’re open to a range of sourcing and buying backgrounds, ideally seeking candidates with some of the following skills:


  • Experience in buying is required to be successful in the role
  • Effective communicator, ideally with global exposure
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrable influencing and negotiation skills
  • Experience in process efficiency and improvement
  • Displays tenacity and resilience to deliver
  • Preferably Degree qualified
  • Preferably CIPS or similar qualification


Howdens Joinery was founded in Yorkshire in 1995. In its first year of operation it had just 14 depots and sales of £1m. Today, Howden Joinery Group has grown to become the UK's leading supplier of kitchens, with the largest kitchen rigid cabinet manufacturing capacity in Europe. It employs over 9,000 people, has over 660 depots nationwide and generates annual sales of over £1.4 billion and it is still growing.  The Supply Division is responsible for inspirational design and development, sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and providing aftersales support to service their one customer, the depot.

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