Category Buyer / Manager

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Theale, Berkshire | Ref: BBBH22919


Cast UK are working in partnership with Lockhart Catering Equipment, part of FTSE 100 group, Bunzl PLC. Recruiting for the Light Equipment division of the business, we are looking for an experienced buyer to take full ownership and control of a main category within the division and develop this further. The successful candidate will have full ownership and autonomy from cradle to grave over the category.

Ideally the perfect candidate will come from a strategic purchasing environment of which they have and can demonstrate full ownership for the category / product they are purchasing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage and Co-ordinate all activities related to procurement of goods
  • Review product and product subcategories with portfolio
  • Category management
  • Cost reduction & Product availability
  • Reduce COGS.
  • Developing category plans (immediate, mid and long term)
  • Identifying new products to meet market trends
  • Negotiating prices & trading agreements
  • Aiding Stock control
  • Product benchmarking and tendering
  • Budgeting
  • Identifying and reacting to any changes in customer demand
  • Maintaining relationships with existing suppliers while seeking new ones

Skills & Experience
Bunzl Catering look for candidates whom are confident and enthusiastic about their categories and take pride within their numbers. The perfect candidate, in addition to buying experience within a FMCG / Food Retail environment, should be able to take full ownership and accountability for their numbers in all situations.
Additional skills would include the following;

  • Industry knowledge and contacts would be advantageous
  • Effective numeracy, literacy and word processing skills
  • Excellent Verbal and written communication skills
  • Full UK driving licence
  • A proven track record of building robust client relationships
  • Generating and "closing" new business
  • Ability to negotiate potentially complex contracts
  • Competent in Microsoft Office products i.e. excel.

Client information
Lockhart Catering Equipment, based in Theale, is a major division within FTSE 100 business Bunzl PLC.

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