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Assistant Buyer (Snacking)

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27,086 P.A. ?
Location:
London
Company:
WHSmith

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We currently have an exciting position for a talented Assistant Buyer to join our Snacking team based in our Travel Head Office in London. This is a fast paced, innovative environment and we are looking for a pro-active, motivated and commercially aware individual with previous experience within a Buying role.

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Assistant Buyer- Snacking

Houndsditch, London

We currently have an exciting position for a talented Assistant Buyer to join our Snacking team based in our Travel Head Office in London. This is a fast paced, innovative environment and we are looking for a pro-active, motivated and commercially aware individual with previous experience within a Buying role.

In this position you will be responsible for supporting the Buyer to drive sales and ensure maximum profitability for this key category. In return, you will become part of an energetic, talented Commercial Team working alongside our skilled and experienced Buyers.

What you'll be doing:

In this role you will have full responsibility of either selected suppliers or a sub category with regards to sales, margin, income and joint business plans. You will organise promotional cycles via working with suppliers, marketing, supply chain, display planning and the trading team and undertaking in depth analysis of sales and margin to understand the trading position. You will build and maintain strong relationships with given suppliers to drive sales and total profitability and generate supplier income through promotions, working with the supply chain team to ensure all lines are delivered on time and in full. You will generate new ideas to continue to grow the category.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for someone with previous experience within a UK fast paced buying role and exposure to FMCG would prove advantageous. It would be great if you were educated to degree level or equivalent, ideally within a business or retail-related discipline. You should be highly articulate with an engaging communication style. You will have ability to interact cross functionally and manage expectations with a proven track record of delivering supplier income along with commercial acumen and excellent numerical and analytical capability. You should have previous experience of managing margins and sales along with excellent IT literacy including Excel and the ability to pick up bespoke systems quickly.

What’s in it for you?

You’ll be at of the hub of an incredibly fast-moving function and you’ll be trusted to make decisions that benefit the business. It’s a serious responsibility – which will seriously motivate you. You’ll thrive on the freedom and the chance to use your skills and will be supported with plenty of training and development opportunities.

What’s more, you can expect some fab rewards, including an achievable annual bonus, 24 days’ holiday (and the option to buy more), contributory pension plus the perks of your birthday off, an early finish on Fridays, and lots more! Our new Houndsditch head office is only a 5 minute walk from Liverpool Street station and close to a variety of shops, bars and restaurants

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