Buyer - Stationery - 10 month Fixed Term Contract

Store Support Centre - Coventry Ansty Park

Competitive plus benefits

Fixed Term

30 April 2017

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Buyer - Stationery - 10 month Fixed Term Contract

In a nutshell

To execute the sourcing and selection strategy for a given product range, owning and supporting the delivery of agreed target KPIs in line with the department strategy. To achieve optimum cost through effective negotiation, supplier management and identification of the most cost effective sourcing routes. To act as a coach and leader by managing, motivating and developing the Buying team.

What I need to do

  • To define and execute the sourcing and selection strategy for a given group of products to deliver great products at fair prices to customers.
  • To achieve optimum product cost through effective negotiation with suppliers.
  • To comply with buying milestones in the critical path to ensure range launch timescales are met.
  • In conjunction with the Merchandiser, develop and implement joint business plans with suppliers in line with department strategy and set specific performance targets for suppliers.
  • Ensure agreed levels of good, better and best products are bought in line with the department strategy.
  • To manage KPI’s through Pricing, Promotion & Ranging, within agreed Non-Food strategic framework.
  • To work in partnership with Merchandising teams to deliver product ranges within agreed stock parameters to ensure availability targets are met.
  • To liaise with global suppliers and sourcing offices to identify the most cost effective suppliers and to support overseas teams with own label product development. 
  • To work with the category Head of Buying & Buying Manager to identify future commercial opportunities.
  • Understand and contribute towards brand and product handwriting through working with Design teams for own brand products.
  • Work with the merchandising team to review weekly trading performance on KPIs and to identify any issues and opportunities to respond to weekly trading conditions.
  • To liaise with the Product technologist in setting the quality criteria for own label products ensuring the optimal balance between quality and price is maintained.
  • To liaise with marketing teams to assist in driving sales.
  • In conjunction with the Merchandiser, responsible for liaison and working alongside Visual Merchandisers/ Range planners to deliver a cohesive range in store.
  • Regularly visit stores and liaise with the Visual Merchandising/Range planning teams and where necessary with the Retail field team and in store colleagues to continuously improve the shopping experience for customers. 
  • To undertake competitor benchmarking and regularly assess price architecture.
  • Ensure team activity is legal and compliant, and that all team members are trained to understand their obligations under competition law and ethical training
  • To act as a coach and leader by managing, motivating and developing the team, regularly assessing individuals’ performance and giving feedback where appropriate.
  • Embracing change - taking a proactive approach to supporting adoption of new ways of working in Non-food and role modelling the Sainsbury’s values.

How I will succeed

  • Financial – delivery to targets and budgets (Delivers on KPI Sales, Margin, Profit, Stock, availability, Market share) 
  • Supplier management and performance across all SSL areas, delivery of Suppliers Sales and Profit contribution
  • Timely and profitable NPD
  • Retail prices measured in line with Non-Food framework 
  • Team delivers objectives and role models corporate values
  • Continually improves market share and position of product categories
  • Demonstrates a passion for the brand, product category with clear focus on the customer
  • Delivery of cost targets measured against cost index
  • Successful and timely implementation of revenue and profit business plans
  • Ability to plan and deliver departmental seasonal strategies to plan, budget and forecast for 12 month timescale

What I need to know

  • Strong commercial awareness and previous Buying experience, preferably within a Non-food Omni-channel environment 
  • Proven track record of delivering results to targets as an individual and within a team 
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast moving dynamic retail environment
  • Confidence to influence and engage at all levels
  • Effective communicator, presenter, and team player
  • Relevant technical experience for given product range
  • Experience of working with suppliers on a FOB & domestic basis
  • Product, market and consumer knowledge

What I need to show

  • Demonstrate credibility with stakeholders, displaying a range of influencing styles
  • Looks outside of Sainsbury’s to improve the way that we do things
  • Enabling the team to focus on the customer and make decisions based on customer feedback
  • Addresses difficult issues in an open and constructive way. Asking appropriate questions about performance 
  • Takes advantage of every opportunity to communicate relevant information and is always approachable and visible to the team. Gains commitment from their teams to perform to the best of their ability
  • Uses processes to get results and recognises when to go outside of the process when the issues require it
  • Spotting opportunities to beat our competitors and sharing them across the business
  • Ability to drive change
  • Developing coach and leader

Resources available to me

  • Buying team to agreed divisional structure 
  • Business planning, Merchandising teams incl SRT and Central Merchandising, Trading Support team, Pricing & promotions analyst, Space team, Marketing team, Finance team, Retail team.
  • Customer Insights

What decisions can I make

  • Execution of agreed budget spend for department with Merchandising
  • Performance management and ongoing coaching of Buying team
  • Pricing strategy 
  • Supply base selection, maintenance and de-selection
  • Range
  • Planograms
  • Pricing
  • Promotional activity
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