Retail Category Specialist (Purchasing)

Closing Date: 2 Aug 2021

We are looking for an individual with strong negotiation skills and an understanding of supplier relationships and performance development to join the Purchasing Team.

This role will support or lead purchasing activities for key retail product groups or categories in line with the strategic company objectives and overall purchasing strategy. Assisting with the development and implementation of strategies that deliver measurable benefit whilst driving continuous improvement across all aspects of the supply chain. The successful applicant will work with key stakeholders to understand company needs and deliver solutions that meet targets and deliver measurable performance across the organisation.

Location: flexible

Key Responsibilities include:

Managing Spend

  • Establishes product requirements
  • Analyses requirements, manages spend and coordinates delivery schedule
  • Understands and responds to market conditions
  • Evaluate and measure cost trends of spend and raw materials / markets
  • Enhances and monitors supplier relationships
  • Links activities to continuous improvement: now V then

Developing Processes

  • Utilise Dynamics 365 system
  • Continuously Improves processes and presents ideas
  • Uses purchasing methodology tools
  • Communicates and rolls out project plans

Managing Competitive Environment

  • Targets effective spend opportunities
  • Formulates strategy from active processes
  • Manage contracts, trade agreements, use RFI’s / RFQ’s
  • Manages the RFI / RFQ process

Supplier Negotiation

  • Establishes fact-based information to assist negotiation
  • Effectively plans negotiation strategy
  • Communicates negotiation outcomes
  • Negotiates and establishes purchase agreements
  • Monitors agreement compliance and supplier performance

Supplier Performance

  • Manages supplier performance and enhances relationships
  • Drive continuous improvement with suppliers
  • Aims for supplier collaboration and promotes win/win ideas
  • Monitor competition and marketplace
  • Manages contract performance e.g., rebates, spend profile, KPI’s

Stakeholder Relationship

  • Builds communicative relationships internally with stakeholders
  • Dives to understands stakeholder needs and wants
  • Communicates project status with stakeholders

The qualifications and experience requirements for this role are as follows:

  • Working effectively within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong analytical skills
  • High IT literation skills using Microsoft and platform-based purchasing system
  • Ability to self-manage
  • Strong communication skills across all mediums

Knowledge and purchasing experience of agricultural products such as equestrian, work wear, agricultural hardware and pet products sold within a retail store environment would be an advantage.

To apply, please complete the Form attaching your CV and covering letter.


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