Assistant Buyer- FMCG/ Retail

Job Reference: DMSTC7714


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Job Description

My Client is one of the leading Retail/ FMCG organisations in the Irish and International marketplace and due to growth of the category; and a vacancy has arose on the Buying team. This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious ; switched on Assistant Buyer (FMCG) to join a dynamic Business and learn from a great team.

My Client would have worked hard on cultivating a positive culture and in the last 5 years have are now recognised as an Employer of choice ! There are several reasons why this is a must for consideration if you are a diligent Buyer who wants to grow in a thriving Business.

The Role

The team are highly regarded within the Business. The Head of Buying is an inspirational Lead- He has worked across the UK and Irish side of the Business for the last 12 years; gaining promotion on several occasions and said the following. ” Denis we have a solid team in place; we have a collaborative approach. Due to Covid; shopper behaviour has completely changed and there is very much a focus on price; trade plans and analysing shopper behaviour. For this role, I am looking for a curious; commercial Assistant Buyer who can grow in the Business; build strong relationships both with stakeholders and suppliers and be prepared to learn; diligent in nature; has drive and can deliver on KPI’s.” The KPI’s are obtainable based on driving market share and certain projects-customer satisfaction with Suppliers; internal meetings with Stakeholders.

Why the Role

The team led by an inspirational Head of Buying is the biggest attraction to this role. All the team- aside from another Assistant Buyer- have been with the Business for several years and worked in various roles so you will obtain fantastic learnings from a team who have a collaborative approach. The exposure to working with other teams- Finance; Retail and Marketing as well as the UK means you will obtain invaluable commercial exposure. The category is in high growth and the Head of Buying said ” as highlighted; we are living in surreal times ! however it is an extremely busy time and it is a fantastic time to join at an interesting time and the successful candidate will learn so much in this position.”

For this role; you must have buying experience- ( at least 1-2 years) in either a leading Retail/ FMCG Business ; ideally in a big blue organisation . The 1-2 years buying experience is a pre- requisite.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide insight into reports developed; and develop strong relationships with all our suppliers.
  • Analyse market information, together with supplier information to identify / inform revised pricing options
  • Drive improvements in margin through monthly verbal and written communications with Sales and Finance teams
  • Work on providing detailed trade plans throughout the year with a key focus on certain projects during the year.
  • Partner with internal teams and collaborate with stakeholders including the UK Business.

Key Requirements

  • Minimum of 1-2 years previous experience as a buyer and ideally within the FMCG / Retail sector.
  • Strong negotiation skills and commercial acumen.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills is a must.
  • Third-level degree is essential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

For more information please contact Denis Mac Sweeney on 087 977 2742 or email Denis at . All applications will be treated confidentially.

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