Head of Buying

Head of Buying Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Head of Buying to join our team.


  • Work closely with suppliers, building long term sustainable business plans to ensure optimal commercial return and exclusivity where appropriate;
  • Being the figure head for the largest category in the business, updating all business units and partners on performance, direction and strategy;
  • Review levels of own brand stock & ensure adequate levels are available and minimise risk;
  • Presenting reports, figures & trend information to the Senior Management team;
  • Manage a Team of Buyers;
  • Analyse market trends and competitor activity;
  • Working with the own brand development team to ensure new products adhere to department business plans;
  • Building & maintaining strong relationships with large FMCG suppliers;
  • Dealing and resolving escalated Grocery supplier queries;
  • Sourcing suppliers & negotiating best cost prices;
  • Work closely with the other in-house teams so everybody is cohesive to building the ranges that are fitting with the ‘handwriting’
  • Identify promotional opportunities;
  • Create and instil a buying strategy;
  • Follow through the sign off process, in line with the critical path and planning cycle;
  • Hold suppliers and trend meetings.


  • Excellent understanding of all MS Office products including advanced Excel;
  • Proven experience as Senior Buyer / Category Buyer Manager / Buying Manager within a fast paced, FMCG environment preferably Fresh / Frozen food;
  • Ability to influence and negotiate effectively;
  • Good level of education, degree is preferable;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise effectively at all levels;
  • Good working knowledge of budgets and managing conflicting projects;
  • Able to adapt swiftly in a fast paced, ever changing FMCG market;
  • Analytical;
  • Trends;
  • Buying.