Buyer - Fresh Produce


Job Details


Normanton - Commercial

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary

Closing Date

28/02/2020 17:00

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 to ensure that we are Asda’s lowest cost, and sustainable supply chain partner. Our sustainable sourcing model supports Asda’s mission to help their customers to save money and live better lives.

We are one of the largest privately-owned food processing businesses in the UK and we have thousands of colleagues based across multiple sites.

About the site

Normanton is home to our head office and is also the largest of our operational sites where we pack fresh fruit, salad and vegetables.

Several of our support functions are based here as well as the majority of our Commercial and Buying teams. Our pack house is in operation 24 hours a day and 364 days a year, employing over 700 colleagues. We offer a broad range of roles based at site from Production Operatives to Technical Managers, Business Unit Administrators to IT Specialists.

About the role

We have an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic Specialist Buyer to join the Produce Team at our Head Office site in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

From liaising with suppliers, to using consumer insights to develop and invigorate the category, as a Buyer you will play a key role in supporting the delivery of the business unit sourcing plan. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Buyer who is looking to take the next step in their buying career working, directly with growers across the globe, for a highly reputable company.

Other Key Responsibilities include:

  • Produce sourcing experience within fruit categories.

  • Develop and refine the current procurement plans, which is based on an understanding of market conditions, in conjunction with the Senior Buying Manager / Buyer Manager & Technical Manager to deliver the required margin, quality and availability.

  • Review the sourcing strategy to provide both 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.

  • Supporting the control of stock in conjunction with the planner, liaising with internal and external operations teams to deliver lowest cost supply route to market.

  • Provide the Senior Buying Manager with a forward projection of supply to enable effective business planning.

  • Ensure administrative processes whilst buying satisfy GSCOP processes and recording requirements for price confirmation including accurate filing on company server.  

  • 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 review regularly to identify missed opportunities and to validate future decisions

Skills & Experience Required:

  • Previous Buying experience within a Fresh Produce (Fruit - preferable)

  • Demonstrate cost saving procurement solutions implemented in previous roles

  • Ability to demonstrate a use of wide range of buying tools, including a sustainable sourcing approach.

  • Exceptional communication skills at all levels

  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple complex and long lead time projects

  • Strong presentation, verbal and written, skills

  • Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, relationship building and networking ability

What's in it for you?

We are a rapidly growing and exciting business, dedicated to the development of our colleagues and committed to creating a great place to work. In order to grow we need to find people already living our Values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled.

In return we will offer you development, a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of:

  • 10% Asda Discount Card

  • Annual bonus scheme

  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank hols)

  • Enhanced Pension scheme – you pay less as we contribute more

  • Private Medical Care

  • Life Assurance X4 annual salary



Your place in our world

Senior Manager – Buying
Buyer - Fresh Produce