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Junior Buyer



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Junior Buyer – Early Years

Are you looking to develop your Buying career? We have a fantastic opportunity for a Junior Buyer to join our friendly team here at Findel. We are an eCommerce educational resources supplier in the UK and International schools and nurseries marketplace. We own several general and specialist educational brands Hope, GLS, Davies Sports, Philip Harris, Spa4Schools, A-Z and LDA.

Brilliance and being able to shine is at our core and we want our people to be true to themselves, embody our values, strive for greatness, take the challenge, be different and above all care for and help others be the best they can. We look for people who want to inspire future generations and who play a part in moving Findel forward for the greater good. We want people to make our customers and suppliers glow by providing the best service possible and caring about what we do best for our business and the planet. We recruit people who stand out from the crowd, take responsibility for seeking out what adds value and think outside the box.

Your Role

Reporting to the Senior Buyer, you will be responsible for product ranges within the Early Years category, ensuring that we delight our customers and inspire the next generation of learners, as well as achieving all relevant commercial targets.

With support from the Senior Buyer, key tasks include:

o Take responsibility for delivering all buying, commercial and financial objectives for agreed range budgets.

o Deliver well-balanced, market leading ranges, setting all sell prices, agree cost pricing and ensure commercial targets are achieved. Clearly define category KVIs and price architecture.

o Work collaboratively with Merchandising, Marketing, Digital & Sales to trade performance, contributing positively to trading meetings.

o Conduct supplier negotiations and manage commercial terms, that support delivery of KPIs. Build and maintain long-term supplier relationships and source new suppliers that are aligned to the Buying strategy.

o Develop a deep understanding of the market, competition and customer.

o Evolve the product range to meet changing customer and commercial needs, working with the New Product Development team where appropriate.

o Work in partnership with QA to ensure that Findel’s ethical sourcing standards are met and that products meet quality standards and packaging specifications.

o Adopt a digital first approach to product, working closely with Marketing to ensure a clear plan of activities for the category. Work with all functions to deliver best in class websites, catalogues and marketing materials, focusing on presentation and merchandising.

o Setup of products and ensure data accuracy across all relevant systems, completing any relevant admin tasks relevant to the role.

About You:

We are ideally looking for the following skills and experience:

o Previous experience as a Junior or Assistant Buyer, ideally in a fast-paced Buying environment with experience of managing ranges.

o Buying related degree or CIPS qualification desirable (but not essential).

o Able to demonstrate an interest in education, ideally with knowledge of, or a willingness to learn about, the Early Years foundation framework.

o Commercially focussed with an ability to deliver profitable growth through margin and impactful buying/procurement techniques.

o Experience of range analysis/range build.

o Experience of contract & rebate management desirable.

o Able to demonstrate negotiation skills.

o Confidence, drive and energy with excellent communication and presentation skills, able to engage and influence at all levels both internally and externally.

o Excellent organisation, prioritisation and time management skills.

o Excellent IT skills, including MS Office and ability to learn internal systems and processes.

What’s in it for you?

Competitive salary & benefits package including 25 days holiday plus your Birthday off. Holiday purchase scheme, contributory pension, staff discounts, Employee Assistance Programme (including online GP & well-being support) & Cycle to Work scheme. We fully support a hybrid working arrangement, with the working week split between our collaborative workspace in Hyde (Greater Manchester) and working from home.

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