It's an exciting time to join the Commercial team in one of the UK's best-loved brands.
At Waitrose & Partners, we're reshaping our Commercial function and investing in new capabilities to secure the future of the business - creating a strong, relevant and sustainable Waitrose with a distinctive place in the market. Commercial is in a period of exciting change, leading the way in Waitrose & Partners, making it an exciting place to come and join. It's an exciting time to join the Commercial team in one of the UK's best-loved brands.
As the retail world changes around us, we're continually evolving our strategy and our proposition to lead the way in meeting the needs of our customers, and to stay ahead of our competitors.
The Commercial Directorate has a key role to play, working in partnership with suppliers to deliver innovative sourcing, buying, pricing and distinctive ranging of our branded and own-label products.
This is all part of working at the heart of a sustainable and thriving Partnership that's fit for the future.
In Commercial, we are set up and work in a way that means that: Our customers choose us first - because we offer inspiring and innovative products and services that they really want, with the best quality and price People choose to work here - because it's where they are valued and recognised for their contribution We work together to deliver sustainable and profitable revenue, ensuring long-term financial success
Our Commercial Partners will work in a team that: Are closely aligned with our Customer function, using data to understand customer trends and preferences Adopt a Category Management approach, with multi-disciplinary trading teams organised around the food and products we provide Support people to develop their skills and career paths, with opportunities for more flexibility, better movement and high-quality professional development Are part of building the future of Commercial for Waitrose & Partners Works collaboratively and horizontally across multiple teams and functions
As the Assistant Buyer you'll be responsible for helping the Buyer and team to deliver a strong commercial performance for the Category Pod, including the commercial responsibility for own area.
This role would suit someone who is self motivated, organised, with an ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders. Ideal for a confident, assertive person, with good communication and numerical skills.
Build annual Demand Category plans by merging Category Strategy direction sheet and Trade Planning, supplier brand plans, category data and insight and customer insight Provide accurate forecasts and costed options for change to inform Customer & Trade Plans Deliver the Customer Plan through Category Plans Deliver target sales and profit Own the supplier strategy and selection supporting delivery of Corporate Social Responsibility and Brand objectives Own the commercial relationships between Waitrose and suppliers Ensure the correct master range assortment is in place Day to day management of the assortment Negotiate with suppliers to increase margin deliver
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Required essential experience skills and qualifications
Graduate calibre desirable. Buying experience. Communicating at all levels of the business. External commercial experience/exposure.