Senior Buyer - 45k - Hybrid

Job Description

Fantastic opportunity for a Trading Manager to join a thriving Food Retail Services / FMCG company (Fantastic company, with multi billion turnover).

This company places immense value on their staff, and is one of the best places for an individual to work in.

This role will be based in Belfast - Dargan Crescent - Hybrid working role - 3/4 days at Home & 1 day in Office


£40,000 - £46,000 + Bonus + Additional Fantastic Benefits and Perks & Progression Opportunities


The role of Trading Manager is to lead the development and implementation of an effective range strategy for their portfolio, grounded in the overall trading strategy and consumer insight that supports the delivery of our brands.

Responsibilities of the role include (but not limited to):

Developing and implementing an effective range strategy for assigned portfolio:

· Management of the portfolio product range and category plans through the range management process to reflect market and consumer trends and to ensure consistency with the company's brand position and profit objectives.

· Reviewing product range on a regular and ongoing basis based on best practice category management principles and informed by market and consumer research, retailer, marketing and sales department input and supplier innovations.

Developing annual plans and budgets based on defined strategy:

· Development of Sales, Margin, and Supplier Income targets for the coming year by Supplier and Article Group.

· Preparation and delivery of annual Buying Plan outlining income strategy and actions to achieve all financial targets, OB and Range Review plans.

Manage the sourcing and introduction of Own Brand product in conjunction with the product development teams to enhance margins and provide consumers with competitive VFM offers:

· Identifying Own Brand product gaps and opportunities based on actual versus targeted participation levels.

· Developing products from concept through to commercial launch in conjunction with cross functional teams.

Negotiate the total purchase cost of products for Musgrave and its customers:

· Monitoring the performance of all products in terms of volume, margin contribution and market share and taking appropriate steps as necessary to achieve category targets.

· Analysing supplier cost base to ensure optimum purchase prices are achieved.

· Negotiating purchase price, supply terms and conditions and supplier income in line with Musgrave policies and guidelines.

Set wholesale and retail selling prices and monitor portfolio and product margins to ensure that profitability objectives for both the company and customers are being met

· Analysing competitor pricing and promotional activity to ensure competitive position is maintained and appropriate for market conditions.

· Regular review of Retail Price position to ensure that category is within agreed Price Basket targets.

The Ideal Person:

  • Minimum of 2 years' experience working within a buying / trading team with responsibility for managing categories or product portfolios
  • Experience in data analysis and interpretation
  • Proven track record of delivering commercial results in a fast-moving environment
  • Experience of working on a cross functional or cross departmental basis

For further information on this opportunity, or any other position, please apply via the link below or contact Jack Groves via Vanrath in the strictest confidence.

Established in 2000, VANRATH has cemented its position as a premier market leader in Northern Ireland, setting the standard among recruitment agencies in Belfast. This achievement can be attributed to our steadfast commitment to confidentiality, professionalism, and the wealth of knowledge held by our Senior Consultants. VANRATH takes pride in its track record of skilfully connecting the best local talent with leading local businesses.

VANRATH recruits across a diverse range of sectors including:

  • Accountancy & Finance

  • Built Environment

  • Engineering & Manufacturing

  • HR

  • Tech

  • Public Sector

  • Sales and Marketing

  • Science

  • Supply Chain and Procurement

  • Legal

We understand that embarking on a career change, whether it's full-time or part-time, is a significant step. Our unwavering support extends through every phase of the recruitment process, from the initial discussion of your goals and aspirations to the assurance of a secure position.

Our consultants are sector-specific, renowned for their in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience within their respective fields. In short, they are the best in the business! We continuously monitor industry trends and developments to ensure we provide top-quality advice and support to our clients and candidates.

VANRATH began in 2000, when a senior level accountant was on the lookout for new opportunities. Wayne Sullivan discovered that professional recruitment services for accountants was not quite the experience he had expected. His entrepreneurial nature and drive to help other accountants realise their career aspirations, was the 'light-bulb' moment that encouraged him to start a recruitment agency like no other. The goal was to recruit in the same way, and to the same standard, that an employer would recruit into their own business to ensure the client would get exactly what they required.

Initially setting up shop in Dublin the name was founded, VANRATH, an amalgamation of the 2 founding partners' names. In 2002, Wayne decided to return home to Belfast to take on the Northern Ireland market. He purchased VANRATH's first official home on the 6thfloor of Lesley Suites which enabled the business to hit the ground running with the establishment of our Accountancy Team

IT recruitment was VANRATH's next big venture and in 2004 the team has grown the IT business into the largest IT recruitment business in Northern Ireland.

As the business continued to grow, naturally the team also expanded and the need for additional office space was identified, which was when we bought Victoria House.

This growth has been, and continues to be, supported through significant investment in marketing, our team and our clients and candidates. We look forward to what the next 23 years will bring.