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We are transforming the M&S food business to be more relevant, more often to more people. We are beginning the turnaround in Food. We know that we must broaden our appeal - getting our pricing and product ranges right - so that we can retain our core customer and attract busy families who want great tasting, quality food at outstanding value.

Given the scale of the opportunity within the food group, this is an exciting time to join the business and be part of the team tasked with delivering the turnaround. As the buyer you will be the lead in developing and implementing the category plans working with a cross functional team of experts.

Key accountabilities and measures

Drive sales and profit in line with operating plan budgets
Drive market share performance
Lead category buying team (buyer, product developer technologist, forecast planner) in delivery of commercial objectives
Lead relationship with suppliers through effective commercial management
Prepare and agree category plan with Management Team through analysis of customer insight, sales and trends
Set effective range strategies to optimise selling format and product choice, understanding space requirements
Set clear range and price architecture
Ensure commercial strategy is in line with M&S key values and compliant to legal requirements
Set effective promotional and marketing plan in line with Food Group plan
Deliver targeted % of newness
Drive efficiency improvements with supply base
Compliance with the financial control process for Supplier contributions

Key relationships and stakeholders

Trading Manager and management team
Category team (technologists, product developers, forecast planners, display planners, supply chain planner, commercial planners)
Franchise, International and .Com
Brand Marketing
Supply Chain & Logistics

Your skills and experience will include

Decision making
Commercial acumen and negotiation skills
Strong communication and influencing skills
Analysis of commercial and customer information to seize commercial opportunities
Team working and effective people management
Relationship building; stores and colleagues
Management of suppliers & relationship
Attention to detail

Job Type
Industry Sector
Salary and benefits
Competitive + Benefits
Career Level
Early Career (1 to 3 years)|Experienced (4 years +)|Manager (Location / Team Leade
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