Buyer – White Spirits & Fortified Wine

Store Support Centre - London

Competitive with Benefits

Permanent - Full Time

03 May 2017

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Buyer – White Spirits & Fortified Wine

In a nutshell

Responsible for White Spirits, Fortified Wine and RTD
To execute the sourcing and selection strategy for all White Spirits, Fortified Wine and RTD (c.£330m) within the Food Commercial framework. To help deliver the category shared objectives through effective analysis, negotiation, supplier management and identification of most cost effective sourcing routes.

What I need to do

Major strategic and project work
• Fully integrate the Fortified Wine category into the existing spirits selling strategy, along with augmenting how Fortified Wine fits into the existing space shared with total spirits.
• To fully integrate supplier terms of Fortified wine into those that are applicable in Spirits, most notably in suppliers that supply both areas
• Lead the cost to serve from a commercial aspect across total spirits, including the migration of any financial benefits into COGs
• To be the buying lead for future legislation such as Minimum Unit Pricing and\or and resultant changes in Alcohol Duty.

Ongoing responsibilities for the buying area
• To formulate and implement the sourcing and selection strategy for all White Spirits, Fortified Wine and RTD
• To negotiate optimum product cost with suppliers through excellent branded supplier management and own label value chain analysis. Lead and own all supplier relationships.
• To identify most cost effective sourcing routes into the stores
• To implement pricing, promotional & ranging strategies
• To create performance targets for suppliers and regularly monitor supplier performance
• To know and understand the relevant retail market as well as understand the broader markets which may impact your buying area
• To understand your performance within the context of the relevant market
• To support the implementation of New Product Development
• To support the development and implementation of both category and supplier plans
• To build cross functional relationships to achieve the shared objectives
• To build and deliver Category Plan project work alongside your ‘BAU’

How I will succeed

• Achieve category shared targets e.g sales, profit, market share
• Implement supplier plans; monitoring and driving performance
• Deliver a customer-centric pricing and promotional plan
• Deliver admin excellence
• Develop collaborative relationships with own brand and supply chain to help deliver shared objectives
• Develop people within the team

What I need to know

• Product, market and consumer knowledge
• Commercial awareness and financial skills
• Effective communicator and networker
• Excellent teamwork ability and project management ability
• Excellent strategic thinking
• Ability to represent the business externally at a high level

What I need to show

• Relevant experience (Consultancy, Buying, Commercial Operations)
• Product, Market and consumer knowledge and market awareness
• Negotiation knowledge & skills
• Strong commercial skills and understanding of finance
• Effective communicator and networker
• Accountability for Results and ability to deliver
• Strong team-working skills
• Information Management & Analytical skills
• Autonomy of decision making
• Broader understanding of financial models and concepts
• Aware of external influences on the market you buy within
• Development of leadership skills
• The ability to project manage
• Ability to develop longer term strategy (2-3 year)
• Ability to influence across a broad range of colleagues and suppliers

Resources available to me

• Supply Chain and Retail Interface
• Finance team support in each category
• Trading admin support
• Own brand technical and development support
• Category planning and ranging support

What decisions I can make

  • Product Range strategy – including all NPD – and execution
    Supply Base strategy and execution
    Pricing & Promotions strategy and execution


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