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Buyer - Food (18676)


It's a really exciting time to be at Holland & Barrett. We are investing across all areas of our business with a vision of empowering our customers to live happier, healthier lives. Our mission is to be the leading player in global wellness chosen by millions as their trusted partner for personalised wellness journeys. To achieve this goal, we are embarking on a radical transformation. We are recruiting top talent in all areas of our business, from Finance to Digital Marketing, from HR to IT, as well as new functions around Health and Wellness.

The Role:

We have a fantastic opportunity to join our Buying Team here at Holland & Barrett International ideal for someone who is highly driven and tenacious with experience in retail buying. As a Buyer - Food you will own the product management process of a specialist, market leading retailer – from the drawing board into our customers' hands. You will be responsible for developing the buying strategy for your growing product areas, and will source and develop product ranges which satisfy our customers' requirements, whilst achieving our company objectives.  

By confidently using your influencing and negotiating skills, both with our supplier base and internally, you'll work strategically to make sure we deliver customer-centric ranges and promotions that meet our financial targets.

This will be a hybrid role with a requirement of minimum two days per week in the office. (Once day per week at our London (W1G 0PW) office and one day at the Nuneaton (CV10 7RH) Head Office).


Responsibilities Include:

  • Continuously reviewing current Category performance and the market place, to ensure you understand how your area is currently trading, and how you can build on this to deliver profitable growth.
  • Working with the Own-Label Buying and Product Development Teams, and the supplier base, to deliver an innovative and profitable product range to meet anticipated customer demand and improve the commercial performance of the Category.
  • Leading supplier negotiations and joint business planning for our key strategic partners, to maximise profitability, ensuring that suppliers meet requirements on margin, marketing support and delivery performance. 
  • Leading the promotional trade planning process and master plan for the category which is customer led and drives profitable sales growth, and being supplier funding champion/lead for the category.
  • Delivering range reviews for your category focussed on meeting the needs of our customers, and delivering profitable growth.
  • Working with the Trade Planning and marketing teams to maximise the success of promotional activity and NPD launches.
  • Working with the Digital team to understand our customer behaviour online and tailor purchasing mechanics for trial, conversion & repeat.
  • Providing information and analysis to assess levels of slow moving & dormant stock and work with the team to clear. Maintain stock at agreed levels for planned activity and to reduce overstocks.
  • Responsible for direct reports' performance and development through objective setting, coaching and development.
The Person:

For this role you will have:

  • Experience of Retail Buying or Category Management.
  • Experience in Food is key.
  • Good negotiation skills and influencing skills.
  • Strong communication and time management skills.
  • Track record of working independently.
  • Ability to build relationships both with suppliers and internal multi-discipline teams.
  • Strong numeracy and analytical ability to find trends and patterns from reports.
We offer:

📚 Learning and Development opportunity with Holland & Barrett is a great base for career development long term.

🤝 Career progression

🔝 Pension company contribution 

✈️ Your wellbeing is paramount so you can get away and take 28 or 33 Days Holiday per year (depending on role level)

💷 Refer and Earn Scheme - as we're growing you can earn money by referring people to join us from your network.

👜 Epic Extras gives you access to exclusive benefits, free advice and savings from a range of retailers and providers.

💰 Stay healthy with Discounted Products - from day one you'll get a 25% discount (on top of other promotions) when you shop at H&B on anything that you buy. 

🙋🏽 We all need a little help sometimes, so we offer Free 24/7 Confidential Advice & Colleague Welfare.

🧠 Mental Health First Aiders - we have lots of qualified Mental Health First Aiders because its all about your health & wellbeing.

👑 We have colleague Reward and Recognition Schemes, so your hard work and loyalty won't go unnoticed.

👏 And many more!



The Company

Holland & Barrett is one of the nation's most loved and trusted brands, known for offering quality health food, vitamins and supplements all sold by highly trained and qualified advisors.

Bucking the current trend of high street retailers, we forecast significant growth and expansion plans in the coming years, with considerable investment going into all areas of the business. We certainly embrace change and drive speed in everything we do. Every day presents a different challenge, but every day is also filled with fun, teamwork and passion to succeed and surpass every expectation.

Join us and see how far you can go…

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33 Cavendish Square, London, United Kingdom, W1G 0PW
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