Buying Manager

Hours: 37.5

Salary: Competitive

Location: Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland


Apply by: 04/04/2023

Buying Manager

Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland

About the role

This is a 5 month Fixed Term Contract. This role is responsible for creating profitable customer ranges and promotions to deliver sales and margin targets as set by Senior Buying Manager. The Buying Manager contributes to the Tesco trading strategy by sourcing great quality products, proactively leading the use of data and analysis to maximise performance to drive sales, profitability and share growth. They deliver to a buying plan that supports a group of products to support the delivery of the customer plan and the promises of ‘I can get what I want’ and ‘the prices are good’. 

You will be responsible for

  • Supports the Tesco trading strategy as determined by Category Director, through managing suppliers and products, providing a broad range of services based on analysis, development, implementation and cost reduction of designated category management activities.  

  • Focuses on developing a product range, with guidance from Senior Buying Manager, with an eye on planning and trading of seasonal buys while providing a great range which gives customers a reason to shop with Tesco across all store formats. 

  • Improves business performance, helping sales and marketing in the development of a product range, pricing, promotion actions and associated programmes designed to streamline, and optimise the results of the category in both the suppliers' and the company's perspective. 

  • Builds, and is accountable for, sales and margin budgets for the designated category with an understanding of how to deliver the designated “buy for less” target as part of the trading strategy. 

  • Develops a strong buy/sell plan with suppliers while managing the value for money index and optimising the key supplier base to achieve competitive advantage for Tesco and supports the delivery of the customer plan. 

  • Identifies opportunities to improve all-in margin and contributes to and supports negotiations with suppliers to deliver to expected targets and in line with savings. 

  • Develops strong working relationships with Tesco UK Buying Teams and works with  Technical to develop own label products (if relevant) for designated range  

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside own function and develop and actively maintain a positive relationship across the Tesco business in Ireland. 

  • Adheres to all Tesco policies and guidance, including storage protocols and successfully completing all Commercial Income and Grocery Regulations training so that you have zero Grocery Regulations breaches

  • Follows our Business Code of Conduct and always act with integrity and due diligence  

You will need

  • Buying Skills (Seasonal Buying experience would be advantageous)

  • Ideally a degree or equivalent qualification 

  • Experience within retail 

  • Negotiation skills 

  • Key commercial skills i.e. Range Management, Supplier Management, Strategic Planning, Financial Acumen, Margin Management,  

  • Analysing data and reporting  

  • Strong communication skills  

  • Strong computer skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point) 

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work. These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension Scheme*
  • Bonus Scheme*
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member)
  • Annual leave starting at 23 days
  • Save As You Earn Scheme*

*Entry requirements and rules of the scheme apply

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. Through initiatives like the Tesco Community Fund, our association with Children’s Health Foundation, our partnership with FoodCloud and our Stronger Starts programme, we have supported over 21,000 community groups, raised over €7.5 million for medical equipment, and provided almost 15 million meals nationwide, to those living in food insecurity.

Tesco has operated in the Irish retail market since 1997, and with 163 stores nationwide, we employ over 13,000 people in cities and towns around Ireland, supporting almost 45,000 jobs directly and indirectly. We partner with over 500 Irish suppliers - of which almost three-quarters are small and medium enterprises - which in turn supports almost 13,000 farming families around Ireland. Tesco is the single largest buyer of Irish food and drink in the world, buying €1.6 Billion a year; more than any other single country in the European Union, more than even the USA which you perceive as a massive buyer of Irish food.  

We work closely with suppliers across Ireland who are dedicated to making the best products for our customers and this is reflected in the numerous awards our products have won over the years including Blás Na hÉireann, World Steak Challenge and Great Taste Awards.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves. It is embedded in our values: we treat people how they want to be treated.   At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings.  We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we are committed to helping them be at their best.

We are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues – who in turn help to build the success of our business and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We’ve taken steps to ensure our stores are places where everyone feels welcome to shop too, with colleagues all trained to support those with a visible or hidden disability through the Sunflower Lanyard programme.

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 embraced a 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.

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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