Buyer - General Merchandise

Location: Aldgate, London, United Kingdom, E1 8FA

Contract type: Permanent

Brand: WHSmith Travel

Pay: Competitive

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A JOURNEY
THAT COULD
TAKE YOU PLACES.

Job Overview

The Role
At WHSmith our people are at the heart of everything we do. They are the ones that go the extra mile for our customers. The ones that enable our growth. That’s why our Commercial team is passionate about creating an environment where people can be creative and trailblazing in order to do their best work.
As a Buyer (Grade D), you will drive the commercial performance of your category across all our formats. This role will be managing a category with scale and complexity, so you will need to have previous relevant commercial experience. You will be the key decision maker with the autonomy to deliver your category strategy.

What you will be doing
  • Delivering and tracking against the key commercial KPI’s of sales and profitability
  • Curating the optimum assortment for our customers that delivers on all our commercial targets
  • Generating a continuous pipeline of value creating initiatives to deliver sales and profitability
  • Being responsible for the category and trade plan that aligns to the overarching business plan
  • Negotiating with and managing the supplier base, including a clear supplier strategy and the ongoing maintenance/improvement of terms
  • Defining the pricing and promotional strategy for the category
  • Product/supplier sourcing & development in line with strategy
  • Delivering projects and trials within your own area with cross functional engagement
  • Contributing to the annual budget building process

What we are looking for
  • Previous buying/commercial experience – necessary
  • Computer literate - experience using Microsoft Office (Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Great stakeholder management with the ability to communicate and influence effectively
  • Resilient and adaptable in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Negotiation knowledge and skills
  • Strong numeracy skills and ability to analyse data
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills
  • Proactive and resourceful
  • Great team player
How we reward our teams
  • Hybrid Working Model from home and in the office
  • 4pm Friday Finish
  • Flexible Working
  • 25 Days holiday, plus your Birthday off, plus Bank Holidays with an opportunity to buy extra days holiday
  • Family Friendly Leave
  • Competitive Pension Contribution
  • Sharesave Scheme
  • Annual Bonus based on company and personal performance
  • Competitive Salary and Car Allowance
  • Private Medical
  • Staff Discount Card for stores and online
About us
Celebrating 230 years, we’re proud to have grown and evolved into a globally recognised brand present in over 30 countries around the world, and we’re proud to be that air of familiarity people love and trust on their journey, both in life and through life. As a diverse group of over 12,000 colleagues, we are all on the same journey to a better business through our commitments to our planet, people and the communities we serve.
WHSmith are proud to be an inclusive employer, we want our colleagues to feel welcome, and free to be themselves with us.
Our UK Travel office is based in a buzzing part of central London close to Liverpool Street Station. We are an ambitious team that thrives on pace, collaboration and innovation resulting in a real entrepreneurial culture. It’s perfect for people who are happy to use their initiative and embrace life outside their comfort zone.

Our values

We strive to be outward-facing and customer-focused:
an organisation that keeps its promises. Living our four key values is an important part of achieving this aim.

Customer Focus

We keep the customer at the heart of all that we do.

Value Our People

Our people are respected and valued in an honest, open environment.

Drive for Results

We push ourselves to achieve ambitious and competitive results – delivered with pace.

Accountability

We take personal responsibility and deliver what we say we will.

Buyer - General Merchandise

Location: Aldgate, London, United Kingdom, E1 8FA

Contract type: Permanent

Brand: WHSmith Travel

Pay: Competitive

Apply now