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Assistant Buying Manager

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Assistant Buying Manager


£47,300 up to £59,400 *per annum – This isn't making a change today. This is making an impact tomorrow.

Our Buyers play a major role in influencing every aspect of the range of goods that we offer to our customers: from which products we sell, to the way they look and taste, developing our supply base and continuing to drive our market-leading position.

As an Assistant Buying Manager you'll experience everything from working in our stores, to developing products and negotiating contracts, all on an international scale. This role offers the long-term scope to progress to Buying Manager level and beyond.

Our Assistant Buying Managers thrive in our fast moving, highly pressured environment where everyone has a voice and we want to hear yours! This role is about having a genuine passion for food retail, a 'get things done' attitude and the desire to become an expert in your field. We look for individuals who are self-motivated and intuitive with a desire. Our 920 + Stores depend on you when choosing the right products for our customers

If you are someone who stands out from the crowd and who wants to make an impact come and join our buying department! We look forward to seeing your application.

We have moved to a fully flexible model of mobile working for appropriate Head Office and Regional roles, empowering our teams to choose how and where they work best. We feel it is important that, where possible, we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible and trust our teams to determine the right environments that work most effectively for them.

What you'll do

Consider yourself to be a Foodie – you're our product developer after all
Be comfortable in supporting your Head of Department making multi million pound decisions and devising solutions to complex problems – you help drive the decisions for your categories
After training, you will be expected to lead a category and assume responsibility and accountability for everything from the tasting of samples to the sign off of packaging design – our success is down to you
Manage the critical path from product concept to launch into our depots and ensure the stock arrives on time
Entrepreneurial flair with a talent for negotiating and networking at the highest levels – you'll be in daily discussions with not only Account Managers, but also Commercial and Managing Directors of some of the UK's biggest manufactures
Be confident presenting to Buying Directors and Board Directors internally
Use your sharp analytical skills along with the ability to identify trends, forecast sales and analyse data to support commercial decisions but don't be afraid to go with your gut feeling
After training, you will be in position to negotiate the best possible commercial terms for the business with a drive for achieving outstanding results
Constantly striving to improve our customer offer. Getting better never stops.
Collaborate with your fellow buyers and colleagues in other departments, but ultimately have the initiative to drive your own work independently
Spinning lots of plates at any one time – multi tasking has to be your thing!
Reports into one of the Heads of Buying as part of a team of buyers

What you'll need

Experience working in a buying environment, ideally within retail is essential for this role
Experience within food retail is desirable but not essential
Be passionate about the food retail industry
Strong negotiation skills and experience dealing with suppliers
Possession of a full UK driving licence
Already live – or happy to relocate – within a one-hour commute of Lidl GB Head Office, Tolworth, Surrey
To be legally entitled to work in the UK on a full-time basis
German language skills desirable but not essential
Common sense, pragmatic, logical and quick thinking are all the words people would use to describe you
Self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit
A positive mental attitude at all times even in stressful situations
Be assertive and confident in your communication skills
Have presence, confidence and conviction in your ideas
Works well under pressure and to tight and often conflicting deadlines
A 2:2 degree or above in any discipline

What you'll receive

This isn't getting by. This is getting what you deserve. Working at Lidl is rewarding, in every sense, because we give you the extensive training to succeed in your role and plenty of opportunities to progress your career here. We're proud to offer a competitive salary from £47,300 up to £59,400* (depending on experience) with 35 days' holiday per year (pro rata). Save for your future with our pension scheme, or save today with a 10% in store discount, plus extra discounts on days out, cinema tickets and much more.

*includes 10% non-contractual London Weighting allowance

Please note your employment is conditional upon the Company's receipt of satisfactory references and if requested by the Company, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close a vacancy earlier than the advertised date. This is to ensure our teams can manage application levels while maintaining a positive candidate experience. Once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications, so please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

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