WM Morrisons Supermarkets

Buying Manager - Milk, Cream and Butter

WM Morrisons Supermarkets

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc (LSE: MRW) is the fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, headquartered in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The company is usually referred to and is branded as Morrisons, and it is part of the FTSE 100 Index of companies. Morrisons' market share as of December 2008 was 11.8%, making it the smallest of the "Big Four" supermarkets, behind Tesco (30.9%), Asda (16.8%) and Sainsbury's (16%), but ahead of the fifth place Co-operative Group, which had a share of 4.4%.

Founded in 1899 by William Morrison, hence the abbreviation Wm Morrison, it began as an egg and butter stall in Rawson Market, Bradford, England. Until 2004, Morrisons store locations were primarily focused in the north of England, but with the takeover of Safeway in that year, the company now has 455 superstores across the UK.

The Morrison family currently owns around 15.5% of the company.
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Hilmore House
Gain Lane

We’re looking for a commercial Buying Manager to join our business, looking after milk, cream and butter. The Buying Manager will be responsible for planning, sourcing, selecting and negotiating a commercial and competitively priced product range across all channels, whilst maximising sales and margin for the department.

Our commercial teams decide what we sell and at what price. We source great products for our customers and negotiate deals with suppliers. And we look for the best local produce, tracking down products around the world to meet constantly changing tastes. Own brands. Value brands. Global brands. We take great pride in them all.

You’ll help to deliver exceptional, customer-led ranges which drive sales and margin across a specific category. You will build on the capability of our Buying team by engaging with different teams across the business to translate customer buying insights into competitive customer propositions, ensuring quality and value.

Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and delivering the category plan for a high spend, complex area

  • Driving sales and profit through acting on our customer insight to deliver the right range and customer proposition

  • Delivery of margin targets through negotiation and robust supplier plans

  • Delivering our supplier promises (12 point charter) through continuously improving Supplier relationships and engagement with detailed supplier knowledge and regular supplier visits

  • Using your market understanding of the category, including competitor insight to develop compelling category strategies

  • Actively support and promote the high performance culture of the Buying team, including the support of personal and professional growth to encourage colleagues to be the best they can be

  • Helping to deliver a great customer experience – helping them to buy

  • Operating in full compliance with the Grocery Suppliers Code of Practice (GSCOP)

This role is based at our fantastic head office in Bradford. Boasting an on-site restaurant, coffee shop, convenience and sample store, prayer room, free parking and regular company-wide events and promotions. Ideally, applicants will live within a reasonable distance of our office.

About You

We’ve built an incredibly diverse business, and we’re working hard to make sure we truly represent the communities we serve. One of the best things about working with so many different people is having the opportunity to listen, learn and connect with lots of different views, perspectives and beliefs. For this role, we’re looking for someone who has:

  • Track record as a Buying Manager/Senior Buyer in a similar environment

  • A proven negotiator

  • Proven experience of delivering category strategies in a complex, competitive market

  • A strong customer centricity with a track record of putting the customer first

  • Ability to work at pace, in a fast and flexible environment with drive, energy and enthusiasm

  • Significant commercial understanding with an excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision making background

  • Experience of building relationships at all levels to drive commercial benefits

  • Experience of implementing and driving unified strategies in a complex business environment

About The Company

  • 15% colleague discount in our stores and online, plus 10% for two friends/family members

  • Annual bonus scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement

  • Four day working week* with flexible working hours

  • Company pension contributions

  • Private healthcare

  • Perks with over 850 retailers

We’re Foodmakers and Shopkeepers and together, we make Morrisons. We’re the only UK retailer with our own manufacturing business spread across 18 sites, not to mention nearly 500 stores, we’ve lots of opportunities for you to play your part. So, whether you want to make the freshest food, sell it, or join us in our head office, we’d love to meet you…

  • The four day working week comes with the requirement to work 13 Saturdays per year. These days are shorter (six hours in total) and are mainly used for team meetings, project planning and strategic work.

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach WM Morrisons Supermarkets directly to request this, as we're not responsible for the employer's application process.

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