We’re looking for a talented buyer to join our ambitious team. If you have the commercial experience and drive we’re after, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to develop your career and make a real impact with a business that puts people at the heart of its strategy.
It’s an exciting time at the Co-op. In 2019 we’re investing £200million in 100 new stores, more than any other convenience retailer in the UK. And as a buyer for our cards, toys and accessories category, you’ll have the opportunity to shape and deliver a truly customer focused category strategy. We’ll look to you to partner with our suppliers to drive margins and build ranges, and maintain amazing standards of delivery of branded products.
What you’ll do:
•develop and deliver a customer focused non-food category strategy
•manage the sale, margins and ranges
•look for opportunities to develop our own-brand label propositions
•take responsibility for a large P&L
•lead and build string and meaningful relationships with the supplier base to deliver core KPIs through a market leading sales plan
•make sure the category strategy is delivered as planned, on time and to budget by working tightly with your colleagues
This role would suit people who have:
•experience as a buyer or within a similar/relevant commercial role, such as an account manager or product developer
•great analytical skills and a keen eye for detail
•loads of energy, tenacity and creativity to help develop innovative category strategies
•a natural ability to influence and negotiate with confidence to present to stakeholders at a verity of levels
•excellent commercial awareness and good numerical background
•great team working skills and confidence collaborating with different people across various functions
•great networking and relationship building skills with both internal and external partners
•any non-food buying experience – this’d be beneficial but not essential
•experience of legal compliance and GSCOP
As a Co-op colleague you’ll do work that matters in an organisation where principles are just as important as profits. You’ll also get a package that includes:
•a competitive salary
•28 days holiday (rising to 31 in line with service)
•an annual incentive scheme
•discounts on Co-op products and services
•a pension with up to 10% employer contributions
Building an inclusive workplace
We’re actively building diverse teams and welcome applications from everyone. But simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We want to create an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities they serve.
We can make reasonable adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances. You can find out more about Co-op people policies at coop.co.uk/peoplepolicies.
Once you’ve completed your application we’ll email you inviting you to take part in an online assessment. You’ll need to complete the assessment within 3 days of applying – it should only take around 12 minutes. The assessment is designed to help us (and you) understand how closely your personal values and motivations match our own. Once you’ve completed the assessment you’ll receive a report outlining your results, and we’ll get in touch to let you know the outcome no later than 3 working days following the closing date for this role.