Buying Manager - Commercial Product

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1TW AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 04/08/2021


Buying Manager - Commercial Product

Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1TW AL7 1GA

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About the role

Are you passionate about retail and progressing your career in buying with Britain's largest retailer?

Then look no further because we are always on the lookout for talented Buying Managers who want to develop their buying career within Commercial Product across Food and General Merchandise.

You will be working in a fast-paced, rewarding environment with a dynamic & talented team. We provide excellent training & development to build upon your current skillset.

If we stock it, we buy it!  We responsibly source and buy great quality products that allow us to give our customers the best offers, range, quality and price.  In recent months & in response to a shift in customer shopping habits we have increased capacity from 600,000 online delivery slots to over 1.5 million a week - whichever area of Commercial Product you join, your work has the potential to positively affect the lives of millions of Tesco customers every week.

If you would like to register your interest in a Buying Manager position at Tesco, please apply now, we would love to hear from you!  These roles are based on our Welwyn Garden City Campus in Hertfordshire.

You will be responsible for

  • Helping to implement the category buying plans to meet category objectives building a customer focused, long term strategy. You will help deliver sustainable growth for the business & drive market leading performance.
  • Conducting competitor benchmarking, visiting stores/websites to understand how your range compares
  • Reviewing existing supplier performance and identifying potential new suppliers as well as finding, developing and managing both branded & own brand suppliers.
  • Leading negotiation of departmental supplier terms agreements (including returns), improving the trading position in a sustainable way
  • Sourcing customer and market insight led products for your department and collaborating with International Sourcing
  • Identifying new products, creating briefs and supporting new product development processes (incl. packaging)
  • Working with suppliers and category quality teams to ensure product quality is achieved and maintained
  • Managing costs and supporting price setting to deliver product margin, always looking for a great deal and scoop buys for our customers
  • Forecasting and managing budgets effectively, always being cost conscious
  • Developing and leading a high performing team, giving them the opportunities to be their best
  • Adhering to all Tesco policies, storage and hand-over protocols and successfully completing all the training so that you have zero GSCOP breaches.  Ensuring all agreements are recorded in writing, reporting GSCOP complaints to Legal within 48 hours of receipt, and leading a culture of compliance within the team.
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence

You will need

  • Experience at Buying Manager level
  • Negotiating skills
  • Experience of managing cost models
  • Product development and sourcing experience
  • Report preparation and analysis skills
  • Influencing and stakeholder management sills
  • Data analysis and numeracy skills
  • Proficient in MS Office (esp. Excel)

Key People and Teams you will work with:

  • Sourcing Manager, Merchandise Planning Manager, Category Planning Manager, Web Trading Managers, Customer Proposition Manager, Designer
  • Technical Manager
  • Suppliers

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 25 days plus a personal day (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 household 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

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move. Our core purpose is ‘Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day’. Our business was built with a simple mission – to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them. In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
At Tesco, inclusion means that Everyone’s Welcome. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect; by valuing individuality and uniqueness we create a sense of belonging.
Diversity and inclusion have always been at the heart of Tesco. It is embedded in our values: we treat people how they want to be treated. We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we are committed to helping them be at their best.


Across the Tesco group we are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues – who in turn help to build the success of our business and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

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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