Buying Manager / Import Buyer

Leading specialist distributor seeks a Buyer / Import Buyer / Buying Manager to join their fast paced buying department.

BASIC: £30,000 to £40,000

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: Bonus, Private Health Care.

LOCATION: Milton Keynes

COMMUTABLE LOCATIONS: Northampton, Milton Keynes, Hemel Hempstead, Bedford, Luton, Aylesbury, Banbury, Oxford.


This multi-million turnover company is a key part of a global leader in their market. Their FTSE listed Parent Company operates across a number of countries and vertical markets and is a recognised industry leader. Due to impressive growth we are looking to recruit a talented Buyer / Import Buyer / Buying Manager to join the team and drive improved buying processes across the organisation.

JOB SPECIFICATION: Buyer / Import Buyer / Buying Manager

Your role as the Assistant Buyer/Import Buyer will be to take responsibility for dealing with the main suppliers of own label products which contributes a significant percentage of the UK sales revenue.

You will ensure the profitable purchasing of products from an established far east and European supplier base enabling the ‘next day’ supply of products. You will be responsible for, but not restricted to the following tasks:-

·Developing and implementing effective sourcing strategies to ensure quality, price and supply.
·Build strong working relationship with suppliers to ensure products are delivered to the highest specification, on time and optimum price.
·Drive cost reduction initiatives to reduce the overall supply chain costs.
·Implement and maintain policies, procedures and processes for the purchasing department.
·Effective management of ‘open to buy’ budgets.
·Work closely with Sales, Finance and Marketing.

REQUIREMENTS: Buyer / Import Buyer / Buying Manager

·Experience of managing large budgets.
·Strong commercial awareness ideally with previous Direct Import buying experience.
·Experience of managing importation documents and shipping schedules.
·Excellent forecasting and business planning skills.
·Ability to work under your initiative and as part of a team.
·Ability to work in a fast moving environment.
·Confidence to influence stakeholders at all levels.
·Effective communication and presentation skills.
·Experience of using Excel, Stock Management Software.

The successful candidate is likely to have experience from within a similar environment and will hold or have held a job title such as; Buyer, Buying Manager / Import Buyer Assistant Buyer, Merchandiser, Import Buyer, Commodity Buyer, Import Merchandiser, Demand Planner, Logistics Administrator, Imports Clerk, Logistics Co-Ordinator, Stock Control Co-ordinator, Supply Chain Co-Ordinator

INTERESTED? Please apply to our retained consultant Philip Monkman quoting Buying Manager / Import Buyer reference PM14851 to DD: 44 (0)1604 683308 Wallace Hind Selection. The Old Vicarage. Duston. Northants. NN5 6JB. Tel: 44 (0) 1604 758857. Please note that the postcodes used for this vacancy are for searching purposes only, they may not refer exactly to where the role is based.