**Buying Manager - Ipswich - £45,000 / £50,000**
Do you have buying experience and want a change? Do you want to work in a slightly different environment? Are you ready for something different?
Following recent significant expansion, our client is looking for a driven Buying Manager to join their growing Head Office team. The role is very varied and will give you more exposure to different areas of the business than a traditional buying role. However, it still does require a huge amount of creative flair and interest in product. The successful candidate will join the company at a pivotal point of rapid expansion and will be looking for the next step in their career.
Key Responsibilities of the Buying Manager:
- Work with the buying team to deliver the brand strategy, providing energy to drive the business forward and have innovative ideas for the category.
- Work effectively to manage the department as an independent profit centre focusing activity on meeting customer needs and achieving bottom line results whilst planning and developing for the future to drive the category forward.
- Manage the category to achieve optimum performance and profit growth. Competent in data analysis to identify opportunities from weekly reports, analyse trading patterns and take appropriate action.
- Obtain maximum flexibility and reliability from suppliers.
- Prevent quality problems by considering and solving issues early on.
- Manage a robust critical path.
Desired skills and experience
- Retail buying experience is essential for this role, ideally non-fashion.
- Proactive in seeking out new opportunities and reacting quickly to trends.
- In-depth knowledge of the market/competition and an ability to gather and use relevant internal and external information to make commercial decisions.
- Ability to influence and communicate effectively at all levels.
- Strong people management skills.
- Can perform under pressure and operate in a fast paced environment.
If you are an experienced buyer looking for a new challenge, then please apply today!