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Buyer - Hospitality

Job ID: 1350 Location: Paddington Category: Buying Salary: Competitive + Benefits Hours: Closing date: September 20th 2019, 11:55 PM.

Job Description:

M&S Food is changing, and fast. We are transforming the M&S food business at pace to be more relevant, more often to more people. We know that we must broaden our appeal, getting our pricing and product ranges right – so that we can retain our core customer and attract busy families who want great tasting, quality food at outstanding value.

Hospitality is exciting and dynamic showcasing the very best of M&S Food. The Deli Counter and Marketplace are experiential and highlight our differentiation as a retailer complementing our market leading Eat Now range.

Key accountabilities and measures

  • Drive sales and profit in line with operating plan budgets
  • Drive market share performance
  • Lead category buying team (buyer, product developer technologist, forecast planner) in delivery of commercial objectives
  • Lead relationship with suppliers through effective commercial management
  • Prepare and agree category plan with Management Team through analysis of customer insight, sales and trends
  • Set effective range strategies to optimise selling format and product choice, understanding space requirements
  • Set clear range and price architecture
  • Ensure commercial strategy is in line with M&S key values and compliant to legal requirements
  • Set effective promotional and marketing plan in line with Food Group plan
  • Deliver targeted % of newness
  • Drive efficiency improvements with supply base
  • Compliance with the financial control process for Supplier contributions

Key skills

  • Positive approach to change
  • Strategic planning and understanding
  • Decision making
  • Commercial acumen and negotiation skills
  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Analysis of commercial and customer information to seize commercial opportunities
  • Team working and effective people management
  • Relationship building; stores and colleagues
  • Management of suppliers & relationship
  • Attention to detail
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