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Category Buyer

Arco are looking for a category buyer to join their team based in Hull

Full time
£31-36K dependant on experience plus bonus + flexible benefits

The role of the Category Buyer is to provide a competitive, professional procurement service ensuring the company is buying to its best advantage and in line with the company Code of Conduct. Reporting to the Product and Procurement Manager you will act as part of a team to negotiate the most competitive terms across the vendor range and also liaise with dispatch teams to help ensure on time dispatch. The role will also involve;

Key Responsibilities:
• Define the vendor portfolio in conjunction with category leaders, defining appropriate vendor strategies to maintain market leading position
• Liaise directly with factories to ascertain own label capabilities, working with product development to ensure vendors are fit for purpose
• Conduct and co-ordinate all necessary due diligence of new suppliers
• Provide benchmarking and market data to most effectively select new suppliers, including financial stability
• Define and deliver robust audit of existing vendors in a routine schedule, providing clear supplier development plans and communicate purpose and results to vendors & internal stakeholders
• Support Product Managers in the production and development of product
• Monitor global sourcing trends, such as labour availability, labour rates, duty etc.

To be successful in this role you will need to have;
• Ideally working towards CIPS qualification
• Previous experience of multi-national supplier management
• Proven track record of effective cost management and advanced negotiation skills
• Strong knowledge of commodity markets and trend tracking
• Ability to compile robust development plans to maintain strong position in the market
• Strong commercial acumen
• Excellent communication skills with a high level of attention to detail
• Experience of managing relationships with both manufacturing partners & proprietary brands

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:
• a bike scheme, through our network of dealers
• a computer scheme with great offers including Apple Macbook Pro, iMac and printers
• child-care vouchers
• continuous professional learning and development
• holiday purchase scheme.

Arco is the UK’s leading safety company, with a core purpose to keep people safe at work. We distribute over 170,000 world-class, quality-assured products and training providing expert advice, helping to shape the safety world and make work a safer place. With a heritage spanning four generations, family values are important to us. We’ve been awarded the title of Super brand by the annual initiative to identify and celebrate the UK’s strongest consumer and business-to-business brands in Britain.

We are a family run business and all of our family have the ability to:
Think Customer: Deliver Our Numbers: Work Together: Make Things Happen: Open to Change: Effective Communication

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