Assistant Buyer - General Merchandise (Fixed Term Contract)

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 28/10/2020


Assistant Buyer - General Merchandise (Fixed Term Contract)

Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

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About the role

We are looking for a number of Assistant Buyers across our General Merchandise function! Categories include, Home, Electrical, Books and Dine. We're looking for experienced Assistant Buyers as well as individuals just starting out with their buying career! 

You will be a key part of the buying department team, supporting your Buying Manager to ensure our customers can buy great quality products at the best price. 

You will be responsible for

  • Understanding customer needs, markets trends and competitor activity
  • Providing buying support to keep the department running smoothly, report and analysis preparation for your manager 
  • Helping source products for our department, working with International Sourcing
  • Identifying potential new products and new suppliers
  • Reviewing (with support) our existing suppliers and their performance
  • Negotiating (with support) supplier terms agreements (incl. returns), improving the trading position sustainably
  • Supporting category merchandising colleagues in the trade planning process
  • Working with suppliers and technical team to ensure product quality is achieved and maintained artwork managed
  • Managing samples (incl. obtaining them from suppliers as well as storage and disposal)
  • Working with HSC Admin, ensuring new products and suppliers are set up accurately and on time
  • Maintaining department’s systems and trackers (incl. Buyer View, EQOS, Range Plan) , ensuring they are accurate and updated in a timely manner. 
  • Loading Commercial Income and ensuring our suppliers are invoiced correctly
  • Reviewing and sharing product returns, identifying opportunities for product improvement
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence

You will need

You will need

  • FMCG retail (ideally multi-channel) experience
  • Product development and sourcing experience
  • Report preparation and analysis skills

Key people and teams you will work with:

  • Assistant Merchandise Planners, Customer Proposition Analysts, Assistant Web Traders, Design Assistants
  • Bengaluru Administration Team 
  • Suppliers (incl. artwork agencies)

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme where you can earn up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Holiday starting at 20 days plus a personal day, rising to 22 days after 12 months (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted “Gympass” membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes – Join our ‘Buy As You Earn’ & ‘Save As You Earn’ share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
    • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco
    • 10% off One Stop
    • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
    • 20% off all F&F purchases
    • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C’s apply
    • 25% off Tesco Café
    • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
    • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Hatfield & Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus & Hatfield Offices
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life’s challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About us

Tesco has become a market leader by doing the little things that really matter for our customers and colleagues. It is part of what makes Tesco such a great place to work!

We are the UK's number one retailer and we pride ourselves on offering a great shopping experience. We are passionate about our food, merchandise and services and will always try to get things right for our customers.

But did you know we also offer great job opportunities? With stores, distribution centres and offices across the UK, we have a vast variety of roles and we are always looking for people who have a hunger to work with customers and colleagues across our exciting business. We believe in treating each other with respect and giving everyone an equal opportunity to get on. It's our people that make the difference every day - helping us make a difference for our customers.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone is welcome and truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings to enable us to serve our shoppers a little better every day. We strive to create a workforce that reflects our customers not only here in the UK, but worldwide. Our aim is to attract and welcome a diverse range applicants from all walks of life, offering many varying working patterns across our business and we would love to hear from you!

NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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