Buying Manager-Retail/ FMCG

Job Reference: DMSCC8873


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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 an internal promotion; a vacancy has arose for a Buying Manager to join the Business.

I know culture is mentioned a lot in today’s marketplace my Client have a positive culture and really invest in their staff so hence they have little staff turnover and a happy and vibrant work staff. With an integration with global strategy; it has been an extremely busy time for the Business . This role has arose as a Senior Manager has moved on to another position but will still be within the Irish Business to offer support and guidance but ultimately; this is a new opportunity for a driven; commercial ambitious Buyer/ Buying Manager to join a productive and busy team.

Another massive sell is the Head of Buying/Category- she is a fantastic Manager ! calm; personable; highly thought off within the Business and said “Denis I am looking for someone who can take some of my workload; who has gravitas; is obviously commercial but can lead a team; manage up as well as sideways and make an impact . We consistently look to promote/ create roles for highly performing people and this is a great time to join the Business.”

** Salary for this role is negotiable and comes with a package and for me; it is one of the best opportunities out there at Senior Buyer/ Buying Manager level due to 1. The company and 2. To work with the Head of Buying/Category and exposure to Senior management.**

Purpose of the role

In this role, you will be responsible for executing the strategies set in the EU owned categories & concepts and for setting and executing local category strategies to achieve the overall business goals through the preferred ACT approach to effective category management and continued development for the category he/she is responsible for.

Key Responbilities:

  • Category Sales, Margin, Units, Traffic and Market Share . Joint marketing funding improvements.Adapt and execute EU category strategies and tactics;
  • Develop / execute detailed local category strategies and tactics based on current category performance, issues, market intelligence and consumer insights
  • Effective management of the 5 Ps: Product assortment, Price, Promotion, Placement, People where local category tactics are decided using the approved EU process and tools, first round sign off of promotional POS, second round is with supply chain specialist
  • Facilitate: Planogram, Floorplan, Sourcing/Supply Chain, Training and Execution in all areas of strategies, tactics and projects for the Categories with stakeholders
  • Research, develop and pilot new ideas and innovations for local category growth
  • Adopt yearly EU Category/Marketing Plans and also develop local category / marketing plans on a BU market level following the European process ,structure and timing; Align and secure this category plan with all relevant stakeholders; support, follow-through and assist with planning and implementation as well as on-going execution.
  • Central and Local supplier relationships, support of procurement activities and local contract negotiations within the category, including billing of JBP’s

Required experience:

  • Knowledgeable in category management; or buying & performance management tools and methods within retail / FMCG business
  • Experienced in training methods, sharing knowledge and facilitate work shops
  • Experienced with relevant Microsoft business suite software and other industry programs
  • Strong organization and collaboration skills; Strong communication skills in English, both verbally and written
  • A minimum of 5-6 years’ experience working in FMCG & retail or specialized industry
  • Experience from working with consumer insights, product / brand development
  • Experience in procurement and contract negotiations


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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