Buying Manager - Houseplants and Flowers


Job Details


Whittlesey - Commercial

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary and Package

Closing Date

10/06/2022 22:45

About IPL

At IPL our role is to improve the shopping experience of the ASDA customer by driving great value, quality and availability of our products and to ensure that we are ASDA’s lowest cost and sustainable supply chain partner.

IPL’s unique and sustainable sourcing model cuts out the middleman and our direct network of suppliers and farmers worldwide are central to providing ASDA customers with better quality and value for money.

About the site

Whittlesey is our purpose built Houseplants and Flowers operation, supplying Asda with their full range of House plants, Garden plants & Cut flowers.

The Opportunity

We have a rare and excellent career opportunity for an experienced Houseplants and Flowers procurement expert to join the commercial team as a Buying Manager here at IPL. The ideal candidate will be an astute negotiator that has a passion for the industry, teamed with a wealth of knowledge and an extensive network of global suppliers.

Utilising their industry expertise, the Buying Manager will develop and deliver a procurement plan that delivers the required margin, quality and availability of product to ASDA and our customers. As a procurement expert, they will thrive off their networking and negotiating skills to develop, nurture and manage grower relationships across the globe.

Key accountabilities include:

· Review the sourcing strategy to both provide new and improved varieties and products within the category scope, to exceed the expectations of our customers, whilst driving cost out of existing products/vendors/supply chains
· Communicate with suppliers and other elements of the supply chain to enable them to deliver effectively
· Support the control of stock in conjunction with the supply chain team, liaising with internal and external operations teams to deliver lowest cost supply route to market
· Provide the business with a forward projection of supply to enable effective business planning
· Conduct effective visits to source, pre/post season to review/plan key elements for coming/end of season’s
· Utilise & be experienced with market analysis and insight tools to identify opportunities, analyse performance and validate decisions
· Will drive the delivery of a culture, which promotes a strategy that is effective, consistent, efficient and leverages best practices

What are we looking for?

You will be an experienced and passionate buying manager who has previous experience within a Horticulture environment and can demonstrate cost saving procurement solutions implemented in previous roles and successfully managing a category.

An exceptional candidate that understands, and has demonstrated and delivered strategic and unique competitive advantage.

An astute commercial thinker, with a demonstrated ability to lead successful negotiations.

A pragmatic approach that puts the customer at the heart of everything they do.

Whats in it for you?

IPL is an industry leading and exciting business, dedicated to putting the ASDA customer at the heart of everything we do. Our success is our people and we thrive on living our company values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled.

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary, coupled with a highly attractive benefits package including:

· 33 days’ Annual Leave (inclusive of bank holidays)

· Car Allowance

· Annual Bonus Scheme

· Enhanced Pension Scheme

· Private Family Healthcare

· LTI Bonus

· 10% ASDA Discount (T&C’s)

· Life Assurance (4x base salary)

· Health and Wellbeing Assistance Programme

· Free Parking

· Cycle to Work Scheme