Food buyer - united arab emirates, dubai

Food buyer | retail | marks & spencer | uae overview of the role:the role of the food buyer is to purchase external brands / local sourcing products (ambient, frozen, grocery & chilled, non-food) to be sold in the stores and used as materials for cafes across mena region.the job holder is responsible for the following: sourcing and developing new brands and categories by analyzing the gaps opportunities vs m&s range and the markets trendslaunching new projects commercially.planning/achieving agreed net margins, wastage & markdown as per food strategytracking and reporting key functional metrics to maximized profits, grow market share and sales, and create joined business plans for growth with regional suppliers in line with the food strategy and with m&s plan a sustainability plan.liaising with uk, planning, ordering, listing and forecasting m&s product for all markets in mena and manage stocks to ensure full availability across all mena stores. (m&s nonfood, café ingredients)on-boarding suppliers and sourcing strategies.signing commercial agreements with suppliers and implementing in store activities related to local supplier.category management and store layout. what you will do:-description of accountability:  food operationplanning, forecasting, and ordering for all the relevant product and develop relationships with new regional suppliers for various branded, manage and develop joined business plans and commercial agreements with suppliers negotiating beneficial terms for the company, optimal cost prices, bdi’s etc.maintaining and storing supplier database, contract records, product specification sheets and related documentation.ensuring all the sourced products meet the required quality standards and specifications as per m&s and/or country requirements   delivery managementto research market trends, market prices and continued competitor analysis reviews to identify potential price reviews opportunities with suppliers.creates an annual category plan in terms of promotions, events and new product range to grow sales, profitability, and increase market share in a customer-focused manner.plan and leads yearly product category reviews and the delivery of shared targets across the wider team  vendor managementsuccessfully source and manage supplier relationships to deliver performance in line with the food and send category tender out to current and new supplier identify any potential cost savings.liaise with logistics and the compliance team to ensure product is registered and rtm stablished before cross-functionally and communicate weekly with operations, marketing, m&s uk team, stores and supply chain.continuously searching for opportunities to maximize sales and cash margin.plan and implement long-term development strategies for product categories handling recipe and menu management system for m&s cafes within mena region  product managementworking closely with digital team to build/update the online platform catalogue and maintain stock availabilitysupervising food category assistants duties liaise with the uk team to monitor the incoming shipments to avoid unexpected delays and take immediate action in case of any impact on the stock availabilitycoordinating with marketing, food operation team and stores team for launching new ranges/eventsworking closely with logistics team to improve supply chain, reduce delivery lead time to save cost and improve stock availability especially in non- uae markets  stakeholder managementbuild good relationships with colleagues within m&s menabuild good relationships with uk m&s team, afg operations team, vm team, marketing team, digital and store team  people developmentprovides regular feedback to team members and recognizes individuals who perform well in their rolecommunicates effectively and engages team through regular updates and team briefsmanages, develops, and defines objectives and kpi’s for his/hers category assistant.builds a strong training, recruitment, succession and engagement plan for the hospitality team- operation napkin revised.understands employee engagement survey scores and makes commitments to drive improvements across the team/department/storerecognizes individuals and team to celebrate successtakes an active role in ensuring all new and existing employees develop the skills and experience to perform well in their roleimplements company hr policies fairly and consistentlyskillsrequired skills to be successful:-able to analyze financial, market and customer data to identify to spot issues and effectively plan to mitigate riskexcellent interpersonal and leadership skillscomputer literacy, knowledge of microsoft word, excel, powerpoint & sapcontract negotiation skillsoutgoing, positive, willing to take challenges and work under pressurea results-driven personality who values teamwork as an integral part of getting great results what equips you for the role:bachelor degree5+ years of experience in food buying in fmcg technical and supply chain experience would be ideal.understanding of buying merchandising.very organized, structured very good communication skills very curious and outgoing 

Al Futtaim Group
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
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