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Assistant Food Buyer (Retail)

Role Overview

Here at Dobbies Garden Centres, we are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Assistant Food Buyer to join our team.  Based in central England (either Atherstone, Shrewsbury or Cirencester) the role will report into the Senior Food Buyer at our Edinburgh Head Office.  The Assistant Food Buyer will be a key member of the team, producing and impementing the business development plans for all things food.  You will have experience in Fresh, Artisan & Ambient Food Buying and Grocery Retail.

Together with a successful team of passionate foodies, you will support the head office team to assess the commercial performance of current ranges, reviewing and acting upon market trends and review competitors offerings.  You will support the development of the range as well as supplier strategies for the regional retail food portfolio.

We are looking for an ambitious Assistant Food Buyer who is keen to progress the role quickly.  The role will be based in either our Atherstone, Cirencester or Shrewsbury centres with nationwide / European travel as and when required.

Assistant Food Buyer (Retail) - Key Responsibilities

  • Assess the commercial performance of the current retail food range, market trends and opportunities.
  • Review and analyse current price points, margin performance, competitor price positioning and retailer margin versus budget.
  • Support the development of promotional strategies to drive sales, profitability and VFM offers.
  • Source Product Supply.
  • Ensure we are leveraging our buying power effectively.
  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Working cross functionally with key business departments such as marketing, finance, operations etc.
  • Work closely with the in-house technical manager to ensure quality standards are maintained.
  • Deliver analytics and reports to the business as required.

About You

  • Minimum of 2 years purchasing experience preferably in a retail food role.
  • Accurate and detail oriented with exceptional communication, negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Team player who is creative, open minded, methodical and passionate about their role.

Our Assistant Food Buyer will be solutions driven and have extensive experience of managing multiple projects.  A skilled negotiator and influencer you will thrive in a fast paced, demanding environment and will be comfortable working in a variety of communication styles.  The successful candidate will ideally possess a background gained from the leisure, hospitality or retail sector although this is preferred rather than essential. Our Assistant Food Buyer will push hard when needed to improve key business processes.

What we offer

The Assistant Food Buyer role offeres a competitive salary along with a number of additional benefits including 33 days annual leave, company contributed pension scheme, childcare vouchers, cycle to work, life assurance and of course fantastic staff discount.

About Dobbies

For 150 years, the Dobbies name has stood for quality. During this time we've been proud to provide the very best products and expert advice to gardeners throughout the UK.

Today Dobbies is one of the UK's largest Garden Centre retailers with 34 stores across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Naturally, we have one of the biggest and best ranges of quality plants and gardening equipment around.  You don’t have to be an avid gardener to enjoy Dobbies because, as well as having everything to make your garden grow, we have everything you need to simply relax and enjoy your garden – and much more.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes grow to your career with Dobbies?  Are you passionate about putting customers first?  Do you thrive on leading a successful team that consistently delivers, flourishing in a busy, fast-paced environment?  If you answered yes then we want to hear from you.  Click apply now to submit your application

  • Job Ref DO2375
  • Branch Central England
  • Location Central England
  • Salary/Benefits Competitive Salary
  • Contract type Permanent
  • Hours Full Time
  • Shift pattern Monday to Friday
  • Hours per week 36.25hrs per week
  • Posted date 11/10/2017
  • Closing date 11/11/2017