Job description    2021-04-08

Purpose of Role:
Reporting to the Senior Group Buyer, this position will have responsibility for supporting product sourcing decisions within the Finsbury Food Group. This position will be based at our Nicholas and Harris site in Salisbury and you will also be required to work at our Fletchers Bakery site in Sheffield on a regular basis.
You will be responsible for ensuring that all materials are approved to meet specification, are within cost parameters and with achievable lead times. In addition, you will be required to negotiate terms with suppliers and support artwork approval processes.
Key Result Areas:
All new materials received on time for new product launches. Source new products in accordance with Development requests and group purchasing strategy. Implementation of new packaging projects Artwork approval in line with Critical Path.
Principle Accountabilities/ Duties & Responsibilities:
Proactively source new ingredients which allow the development department to develop exciting and innovative products. Search for new suppliers via internet / magazines / trade shows etc.
Work closely with the development team, ensuring that all new product requests are dealt with within required time scales. Regular attendance at product launch meetings and keeping team advised of any new product material issues.
Samples are in on time for customer samples and trials.
Quotes are in on time for costings to be completed.
Communication of accurate and relevant information to other departments.
Ensure that correct specifications are passed to the Technical team for all new product launches. Specifications are checked to see if product meets customer guidelines.
Negotiate prices with suppliers and ensure best terms are sought in line with approved costings and ensure that new products are “fit for purpose” for production.
Ordering of new materials (ingredients and packaging) for first production launches.
Manage and work closely with other departments in implementing packaging improvement projects as directed by Packaging Technologist to ensure no delays to implementation.
Send seasonal invitations to suppliers requesting new and innovated products.
Assist other sites within the Group with sourcing requirements
Assist Group buying team as required Commodity Category Management.
Principal Challenges/Key Features: Workload Prioritisation. Clear communication with Key Stakeholders. Clear decision making and problem solving skills. Achievement of all critical paths.
Skills, Experience, and Personal Attributes: Well organised with the ability to ‘multi-task’ and prioritise workload in order to achieve tight deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain relationships with Key Stakeholders (Internal and External). High standard of computer literacy.i.e Microsoft Office and ERP Confident, can work on own initiative and has commercial awareness. Takes responsibility for Personal Development. High standard of numeracy
As the successful candidate you should be able to demonstrate the capability to negotiate and purchase materials from a range of suppliers. Some purchasing and buying experience, particularly in the food industry would be an advantage, but not essential as training and development can be provided for the right applicant.

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