Co-op Food - Junior Buyer

Salary: Competitive + benefits
Location: North West, Manchester
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Retail, Food & Drink & Catering, Buying & Merchandising

Salary: £competitive p/a + excellent benefits (Grade E)
Location: Manchester City Centre


Co-op Food is changing. And it’s changing fast. We’ve made a massive investment in growing our Commercial Team and improving our customer offer, and now we need to recruit a talented Junior Buyer to join us and help develop and deliver our category strategies. With an amazing leadership team in place, and big plans for more growth in the future, we can offer you the chance to develop your skills and build a career with a business that puts people at the heart of its strategy.


As a Junior Buyer at Co-op Food, you’ll have full responsibility for trading one of our smaller fresh food categories. We’re committed to an ethical, sustainable way of doing business, and you’ll have an important role to play in upholding these standards. We’ll look to you to show a real passion for food, and a commitment to delivering great quality and value to our customers and communities.


What you’ll do:
• Source products (working closely with our technical team)
• Take the lead in negotiations with suppliers
• Represent the business in supplier meetings and visits
• Build strong productive relationships with suppliers and a big group of internal partners


To be successful as a Junior Buyer, you’ll need experience or qualifications in relevant areas. But experience isn’t everything. Your positive attitude, and natural ability to spot a commercial opportunity will be just as important.


What you’ll bring:
• Some relevant experience as well as a graduate level education
• A natural ability to build relationships and negotiate with people at all levels
• Energy, tenacity and creativity to help you develop innovative propositions
• A real passion for food and a desire to develop your skills and grow your career


Why Co-op?
173 years ago a group of businessmen in Rochdale came up with an idea that changed the world. They believed that when people work together, they’re stronger. And when you join the Co-op, you’ll become part of an organisation where principles are just as important as profits. You’ll also get a competitive salary and great benefits, including discounts on all kinds of products and services, and an amazing pension. We want to change the world all over again.


We’re committed to promoting equality and preventing discrimination at work. We know that simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We want to build an inclusive environment, where everyone can devote their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and we recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities they serve. We’re actively building diverse, inclusive teams, and we welcome applications from all people.



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