Food Buying Manager

Al Futtaim Group

Job Description

Food Buying Manager | M&S

What you will do:-

Description of Accountability:



  • Budgeted food KPI’s achieved – Food sales budget agreed and delivered
  • Waste, COR, gross & net margin controlled to achieve agreed budget
  • Business profit delivered to budget
  • Food stores trading profitably


Commercial Planning and Product Strategy

  • Pricing and promotions strategy implemented with ongoing review mechanism in place
  • Consistent delivery of newness achieved though effective forward range planning
  • Seasonal events accurately planned including attendance at UK buying fairs
  • Consistent product availability achieved through accurate forward planning
  • Store catalogues clearly defined by space, location, and profile
  • Improved core product choice achieved through profitable range development
  • Seasonal range growth achieved through market specific NPD
  • Growth in hospitality achieved though profitable menu development
  • Consistent store layouts achieved through deployment of store range & space matrix
  • Detailed knowledge of range, the market, and key competitors demonstrated through agreed strategic priorities
  • Supply chain costs optimised through controlled inventory management
  • Fully compliant food operation to ensure legal and brand policies are met
  • Strategically aligned marketing campaigns delivered though close collaboration with marketing function



  • Improved staff engagement scores delivered through a motivated and high performing food buying team
  • Strong internal relationships with key functional leaders & stakeholders
  • Solid relationships with UK Food and franchise teams
  • Trust built with UK technical team to overcome market specific restrictions and unlock growth opportunities
  • Engaged store colleagues kept informed though effective communication channels



  • Exploit all opportunities to drive food sales in a customer focused, cost effective and efficient way
  • New stores & markets successfully launched in collaboration with retail function
  • Profitable new selling channels evaluated and deployed
  • Digital concepts to improve efficiency trialled
  • Supply chain efficiency achieved through close collaboration with logistics function
  • New systems & processes successfully deployed though active involvement in testing and rollout

Required Skills to be successful:-A proven track record in retail food operations. With a wide network of contacts and an understanding of consumers’ behaviors and needs.Able to analyze complex data and make accurate and timely decisionsAn understanding of the key financial and commercial levers in retail managementExcellent interpersonal & leadership skillsOutgoing, positive, willing to take challenges and work under pressureA results-driven personality who values teamwork as an integral part of getting great resultsConnects with our customer and each other by being positive, determined, respectful and taking ownership & responsibility to actively sell.Ability to lead people in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment,Excellent communication and customer service skills,Decision making, planning and stake holder management skills. What equips you for the role:Bachelor Degree/ or equivalent qualification ideally related to retail/ food (Masters Preferred)7-10 years’ experience in a food buying function with a sizeable retailerExtensive technical knowledge and related certifications for Food and Hygiene.Experience leading a team in the buying functionProven ability to achieve goals.Thinking and Analytical Skills.Business AcumenLeadership Skills and Strategic ThinkingGood communication skillsExcellent relationship skillsAccountability

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