Location Wembley
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum plus fantastic benefits
Job ref: 039235
Published: 28 days ago

Buyer / Category Manager



​Who we are:

We are the local experts.

We're regarded as the trusted decorating and DIY retail brand in London, selling paint, tools, plumbing, electrical and woodwork materials throughout our 32 stores. As part of the Grafton Group we have the stability and support of a leader in the field of Building Materials and DIY Retail.


Buyer - Let’s paint the picture for you!

As a Buyer for Leyland SDM you'll be responsible for the ongoing management of our purchasing strategy and activity aligned to certain categories. You'll work closely with the Senior Category Manager, developing and delivering the strategy to ensure the function is operating in-line with the objectives of the business to add value, mitigate supply chain risk and deliver cost savings.


This role will suit someone who has experience as a retail category manager or retail buyer in London.


What is the Buyer accountable for?

  • Setting the annual category budgets with the Senior Category Manager and Commercial Director and managing this effectively to ensure that the budgeted sales and margin figures are achieved.

  • Ensure that purchasing strategies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets, which enables the company to function and compete effectively in the market to include: Terms and conditions, supplier selection/de-selection, evaluation and rationalisation of supply chain solutions including supplier managed inventory, supplier consignments and safety stock

  • Evaluate the challenges faced by the business and take action to mitigate risks and develop opportunities, contributing to overall business strategy and annual budget process

  • Responsible for managing relationships and negotiating with key suppliers at a senior and strategic level

  • Negotiate contract terms with key suppliers to ensure value for money, quality standards and delivery terms with technical and operational input from stakeholders if appropriate

  • Coach, mentor and develop a direct report, developing them as part of the wider commercial team succession plan

  • Ensure strong communication between teams under leadership to facilitate exchange of information and in order to implement change and improvements

  • Managing end of line ranges and aged stock through the business whilst achieving budgeted margin targets.

  • Develop a promotional calendar and strategy for the year to achieve sales, margin, and market share target


Buyer - What skills and experiences are we looking for?

  • Track record of delivering excellent financial results against budget

  • Track record of creating business strategies and implementing them across the business

  • Excellent and proven supplier management skills with a track record of developing great relationships, including over-seas suppliers

  • Track record of price management within a large retail operation

  • Experience managing and tracking supplier rebates

  • Experience of fast-paced change management

  • Product benchmarking experience within retail

  • Ability to understand Company financial information

  • Delivery of excellent purchasing standards

  • Experience creating business reports and creating an action plan from this

How will we reward you?

We have an excellent benefits package on offer:

  • Annual bonus opportunity
  • 30 days holiday a year, increasing with service
  • Up to 20% discount in Leyland SDM, plus discount across other Grafton Group brands
  • Pension with competitive contributions
  • Health Cash-plan – claim money back on everyday healthcare needs and treatments (Dental, physio, prescriptions to name a few)
  • Share saving scheme into our parent company, the Grafton Group
  • Company sick pay
  • Life assurance
  • Refer a Friend scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 100’s of retail discounts available through our flexible benefits portal

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