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Senior Buyer

Excellent (Negotiable ) + Company Car -
Kent,
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Job Title: Buyer  / Senior Buyer

Department: Procurement   

Reports to : Head of Buying

This role will focus on the delivery of commercial results through effective price negotiation and supplier relations. This role can deal with a range of fruit and vegetable products in the main ambient salad and fruit. Working closely with internal departments such as Commercial, Commercial Operations and Technical to ensure that we have the right materials at the right time, at the right quality and at the right price.

Responsibilities 

  • Proactive communication with stakeholders to understand the needs of the business and its customers
  • Work closely with suppliers to drive efficiency and build long term relationships to ensure future supply and to build strategic supplier partnerships
  • Responsible for the supplier management and strategic sourcing of a range of products, ensuring that our client is a preferred customer
  • Responsible for buying a variety of fresh produce, negotiating the best price in line with business requirements
  • Work with suppliers to negotiate weekly availability
  • Maintaining market knowledge to identifying new product lines from existing suppliers and keeping abreast of potential new opportunities for products and suppliers
  • Build relationships and work closely with internal departments
  • Responsible for maintaining the highest profit margins on each weekly price achieved
  • Invoice suppliers and deduct any possible charges
  • Maintain day to day communication with suppliers and inform them of any quality issues and required working  costs
  • Co-operate, work with and support other members of the buying team to ensure that the overall team operates as an effective and efficient unit

We are looking for someone with the following attributes

  • Must be passionate about produce
  • Commercially minded and be able to deliver results first and foremost
  • Given the global nature of the role, it is unlikely working hours will be strictly 7-4/8-5 – there is a requirement for working weekends and additional hours as needed
  • Strong and pro-active communication skills
  • Self-motivated with excellent time management skills and the ability to manage several tasks at the same time
  • Ability to work well and make good decisions under pressure
  • High level of computer literacy and attention to detail
  • Availability to travel (UK and abroad) to visit suppliers as and when required

Requirements 

Essential

  • Fluent in Spanish & English language
  • Commercially astute
  • Demonstrable experience in a similar role in the fresh produce industry
  • Good numerical and IT skills
  • Proven negotiation, influencing and relationship management skills

Desirable

  • Fluent in French or Dutch
  • Degree level or equivalent in Purchasing, Supply Management or Business
  • Fresh Produce buying experience – ideally ambient salads  but we would also consider fruit

Please contact Frank or Georgina +44 (0) 1273 720599 or +44 (0)7734 861 080 to discuss the role and your experience. Or if you feel you have the above experience, please send over a CV and we will get back to you with some feedback and more information about the role and the company

 

For more information please call us on 01273 720599 or email us at info@fmkconsulting.co

If interested, please contact us and quote the reference F1108

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