Buying Manager – Cereals
Based at Asda House in Leeds
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Buying Manager for Cereals to join our trading team. Cereals is a £250m a year category within the fast paced world of Core Grocery. As part of the Core trading team, you will be working in a high penetration category area with household brands and global suppliers, operating within a challenging and ever-changing market.
Within Cereals you will be responsible for diverse product areas, including Every day cereals, healthy, and cereal bars. A clear strategy and focus on customer needs is essential. This role involves balancing the development and growth of own label while negotiating the implementation of strong branded activity. You can also maximise the opportunities to develop coaching abilities with line management responsibility for a direct report. You’ll have so many opportunities to develop in this role. An exciting remit – and a brilliant challenge!
What you’ll be responsible for:
· Delivering the business plan, sales & profit
· Understanding customers and implementing a strategy that suits their needs
· Developing own label ranges
· Negotiating with suppliers to keep costs down for our customers, whilst at the same time driving quality improvements
· Understanding, tracking & negotiating around key commodities
· Development, coaching & line management of a Trading Assistant
You’ll have –
· A proven track record in buying at a Buying Manager level
· Demonstrate a strong awareness of customer requirements, market trends and competitor ranges; identifying strategic opportunities and innovative product ideas
· Ability to manage and influence a diverse Branded and Own Label supplier base
· Ability to negotiate effectively
· Strong analytical abilities and sound commercial awareness
· Ability to work cross functionally and communicate well at all levels
· Ability to work well with in a team and strong coaching skills
You’ll receive an excellent benefits package which includes a company car or cash allowance, BUPA, colleague discount off your shopping, share save scheme & competitive pension. We also like to share our success; after all you made it happen, so every eligible colleague is also part of the Asda bonus scheme. The development opportunities are endless and we’ll support you every step of the way to help further your career.