Buying Manager - Ambient Vegetables

Salary: Competitive

Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 07/02/2023

Buying Manager - Ambient Vegetables

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

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About the role

Our Fresh Food team are seeking a Buying Manager of Ambient Vegetables.
What's an ambient vegetable? Key products to our customer such as Onions, Carrots, Parsnips & other root vegetables as well as Courgettes, Aubergines & Butternut Squash.

Given the importance of the area availability, quality and price are key, as are seasonal events such as Halloween (Pumpkins) & Festive 5 (Parsnips & Carrots). The supply base is varied with family businesses & imported product, so you will get a breadth of experience in managing OL products from field to shelf.

The hiring manager for this vacancy is Ben Rowbotham.

You will be responsible for

Passionate about produce by taking ownership of the category to deliver:

  • Market out performance in volume
  • Aldi Price Match across key lines
  • A credible range that supports volume delivery while manages the mix
  • Key seasonal events (Halloween, Festive 5) by delivering the best magnetic value in the market
  • Forecasting & managing profitability across the year

Build strong supplier relationships to deliver:

  • Great quality, prices and service level on a consistent basis
  • Improvements to quality & costs through improvements to our operating model

Be brave to deliver strategic opportunities by truly understanding our customers & suppliers

  • Increase % sold through loose to support sustainability commitments
  • Further opportunities to improve quality at shelf edge as plastic to removed
  • Review supply base in key areas, with a potential reset required to improve overall efficiency

You will need

Operational skills relevant for this job:

  • Negotiation experience, specifically collaborative negotiation on OL products
  • Stakeholder management
  • Supplier management
  • Range management
  • Trade planning (including seasonal events or large promotions)
  • Data Analysis of Customer insight & commercial data


Experience relevant for this job:

  • Ideally experience in Food related roles but not a necessity
  • Buying
  • Range & trade planning
  • Report preparation and analysis
  • Commercial forecasting

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work! These include but are not limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme.
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays).
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution.
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay.
  • Great colleague deals and discounts, saving you money on everyday purchases, eating out and utility bills for the home.
  • 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.

Click here to read more about the benefits we have available for our colleagues.

About us

Our vision 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 our customers, communities and planet a little better every day’. Serving means more than a transactional relationship with our customers. It means acting as a responsible and sustainable business for all stakeholders, for the communities we are part of and for the planet.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings. We're committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued, and make sure that all colleagues are given the same opportunities. We're a big business with diverse working patterns and many business areas which means that we can find something that works for you. Everyone is welcome at Tesco.

We have recently announced that we will be moving towards a more blended working week – combining office and remote working. Our offices will continue to be where we connect, collaborate and innovate. Please talk to us to about how this can work for 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.

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