Senior Buyer General Merchandise - 9 - 12 Month FTC

Buying forms the backbone of our business and is incredibly fast-paced. By identifying trends and understanding our on-going success stories, this team ensure what customers want is on our shelves. It takes a flair for relationship building, negotiation and an analytical approach. We look for people who can deliver a variety of strategies to help drive sales and profit and who have an affinity with what we sell.

We now have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Senior Buyer to join our talented General Merchandise team based in our Travel Head Office in London on a 9-12 Month FTC. The Senior Buyer will report into the Trading Controller, the principal objective of this role is to deliver maximum sales and profitability through determining the offers we make to our customers and successfully managing both the trading activities and profit and loss.

The category focus of this role is Journey Solutions which includes our Gifts, Souvenirs, Toys & Travel Accessories. This is a perfect opportunity for somebody looking to make a difference and drive the success of the category.

What you'll do
As the Senior Buyer you will be accountable for growing and developing new areas of business and indentifying strategic growth opportunities for Journey Solutions. You will manage our supplier relationships, building strategic relationships with the biggest global brands in the industry to negotiate great deals.

To succeed, you'll need to inspire your team to deliver your trading goals, engaging and motivating them to help deliver your strategies. You'll also need to keep abreast of market trends, customer requirements and competitor activities to ensure our fingers are on the pulse of any new commercial opportunities. Using your analytical skill set you'll analyse the range, ensuring an appropriate customer offer and with commercial thinking and ingenuity, you'll create new categories, ranges, appropriate pricing and sales-boosting strategies.

What's in it for you?
You'll be at of the hub of an incredibly fast-moving function and you'll be trusted to make decisions that benefit the business. It's a serious responsibility - which will seriously motivate you. You'll thrive on the freedom and the chance to use your skills and will be supported with plenty of training and development opportunities. What's more, you can expect some fab rewards, including an achievable annual bonus, 25 days' holiday (and the option to buy more), private medical insurance and a car allowance. Plus, a competitive pension, the perks of your birthday off and an early finish on Fridays, and lots more! Our London Head Office is only a five minute walk from Holborn tube and close to lots of shops, bars and restaurants.

Who we're looking for
You'll be at Senior Buyer level or Buyer level looking for a step up with experience in a similar General Merchandise or FMCG category. You'll have a background in developing and delivering results within your category and have excellent commercial acumen to interpret the market quickly. You will be a recognised leader, who not only engages and motivates their team, but develops them also. We're looking for someone who is creative, but also commercial, with a head for figures, as this area's data-driven. Knowledge of Profit & Loss and supplier management is essential. If you're analytical, calm and articulate, you could be the ideal fit.

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