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Senior Buyer - M&S Food

Job ID: 1596 Location: Paddington Category: Buying Salary: Competitive + Benefits Hours: Closing date: October 25th 2019, 11:55 PM.

Job Description:

M&S Food is changing, and fast! We are transforming the M&S food business to be more relevant, more often to more people.

Given the scale of the opportunity within M&S Food, this is an exciting time to join the business and be part of the turnaround. Working in a fast paced commercial function you'll be responsible for setting and delivering both category and supplier strategy.

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 relationships and stakeholders

  • Trading Manager and management team
  • Category team (technologists, product developers, forecast planners, display planners, supply chain planner, commercial planners)
  • Suppliers
  • Franchise, International and .Com
  • Brand Marketing
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Finance
  • Retail

Key Skills

  • Commercial acumen and negotiation skills
  • Decision making
  • 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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