Buyer

Cheltenham - £36000 to £39000

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About Commercial

Commercial Group was established in 1991 and has since grown to become the largest independently owned Business Services Group in the UK. Today, comprising of 6 divisions; Managed IT, Office Supplies, Interiors, Managed Print Services, Technology Supplies and Print, the £65m turnover Company is renowned for delivering superior quality product, service and consultancy to business nationwide.

We are currently embarking on exciting and ambitious growth plans to grow to a turnover of £70m by 2019 so we need talented people to support this growth. We understand that superior performance starts and ends with our people; people with passion who like to make a difference and most importantly love what they do. If you would like to be a part of this exciting journey then we would love to hear from you!

Job Description

We currently have a vacancy based from our Head Office in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire for a Buyer within our Office Supplies Division.

The key purpose of the role is to help generate and deliver the purchasing business plan working alongside the Purchasing Director and the Purchasing teams across the group and to be the day to day contact of our office products suppliers ensure the efficient management of our supply chain.

We want you to…

Supplier / Product Strategy:

  • Contribute and influence to the short, medium and long term business plan for the purchasing department, with particular emphasis on;
    • Product strategy
    • Margin improvement
    • Commercial own label proliferation
    • Innovative product line launches which complement the current offering
  • Negotiate identified potential cost price and rebate savings with our vendor base.
  • Identify the most profitable and supplier sources for our office product skus.
  • Work with the pricing teams ensure that our system reflect the correct, negotiated, cost prices.
  • Contribute to group plans regarding product stocking strategy.
  • Improve margin across office supplies through intelligent procurement and product selection.
  • Be part of the product selection team for physical and virtual product catalogues.
  • Carry out regular market testing and tenders to ensure we have the most competitive and best fit deals in place across the group and play an active part in delivering these tenders.
  • Play an active part in the group’s sustainable product strategy and work closely with the CSR teams.

 Reporting / Communication:

  • Maintain a register of key KPI’s agreed with the Purchasing Director and report regularly the success or failure against these measures
  • Work closely with print team and vendors to de-risk customer stock exposure, maintaining a minimum 1%-1.5% stock write down on customer own stock, by working closely with sales leaders.
  • Sensitively protect rebate income.

Supplier Management

  • Ensure that our product buying maximises our supply chain efficiency.
  • Manage the day to day contact of our key office product suppliers.
  • Actively seek new sources of supply and recommend any potential new vendors.
  • Be responsible for monitoring the day to day supplier performance (costs/service/innovation).
  • Put in place supplier contracts, alongside the Purchasing Director, with terms and clauses which reflect the commercial requirements of our company, with particular focus on price/service social and environmental credentials.
  • Ensure that critically price sensitive products such as EOS and paper have very specific supply chain clarity on cost price, which ensures the business remains aware of what the market rates are and thus enables us to remain aggressively cost priced.
  • Contribute to annual supplier audits, categorising suppliers by importance, criticality, and service performance.
  • Ensure high levels of supplier engagement at our annual CSR days.

Data Management

  • Work hand in glove with suppliers, marketing and IT to ensure product data is of the highest quality on all IT systems, internally and externally facing to maximise sales and drive margin, upsell and cross sell.

Candidate Requirements

You have got…

  • A minimum of two years purchasing experience within the office supplies market, or closely linked industry sector.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • The ability to be self-motivated and confident in the presence of senior vendor and internal representatives.

Additional Info

Why Commercial..?

  • Competitive salary
  • We all get a generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays which increases with length of service
  • A variety of training & Development programmes tailored to you
  • Company car, laptop and mobile phone
  • Bonus scheme (paid quarterly upon achievement of KPI’s)
  • Earn extra money if we hire your friends or family with our employee referral programme
  • Want to get healthy? We have free fruit delivered for all staff! And our state of the art coffee machine will be sure to set you up for the day
  • Looking for a little extra? You could get a day off for doing charity work and you might even get a treat on your birthday and work anniversary!
  • A range of team and social events
  • Cycle to work scheme, pension contributions, Employee support programme, Flexi time scheme and more