Job title: Buying Manager – Food | Marks & Spencer


Job description: We are currently looking for a dynamic and competent Buying Manager for Food division, responsible for delivering both the product range buying plan, the pricing and promotional stratey. In this role, you will be accountable for achieving budgeted KPI’s of sales, gross and net margin, COR, and waste in line with the approved business plan. You will lead the food buying and merchandising team to forecast, order and allocate product in line with the overall business strategy and food growth plan from source through to store, ensuring optimal product availability to achieve KPI’s. You will work collaboratively with the wider functional brand teams: Logistics & Registration, Retail Operations team and stores to ensure alignment on delivery of the food plan, trading priorities, space utilization, new store openings and implementing new initiatives.

Key Role Specific Accountabilities:


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 through effective foward range planning

Seasonal events accuratelyl 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 through profitable menu development

Consistent store layouts achieved through deployment of store range and 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 through 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

About the Role

To be successfuly considered for this role, the candidate should meet the following criteria:

University degree, or equivalent qualification ideally related to retail/ food

10 years’ experience in a food buying function with multi market food retailers (such as supermarkets with presence in more than one country), local market exposure (UAE or MENA region preferred)

Extensive technical knowledge and related certifications for Food and Hygiene.

Experience leading a team in the buying function. Excellent interpersonal & leadership skills

A proven track record in retail food operations. With a wide network of contacts and an understanding of consumers’ behaviours and needs.

Experience dealing with suppliers and understanding supplier rates – can hit the ground running

Able to analyse complex data and make accurate and timely decisions

An understanding of the key financial and commercial levers in retail management

Outgoing, positive, willing to take challenges and work under pressure

A results- driven personality who values teamwork as an integral part of getting great results

Connects with our customer and each other by being positive, determined, respectful and taking ownership & responsibility to actively sell.

Excellent communication and customer service skills,

Decision making, planning and stake holder management skills.

Expected salary:

Location: Dubai

Job date: Sat, 05 Sep 2020 05:06:26 GMT

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