Specialist - Buyer Edible Produce


Job Details


Sittingbourne - Commercial

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary

Closing Date

30/01/2019 17:00

About IPL

At IPL our role is very clear. We are here to improve the value, quality and availability of our products to ensure that we are Asda’s lowest cost, sustainable supply chain solution. 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 business in the UK. We have thousands of colleagues across multiple sites in the UK and in our country offices around the world.

About the site

Sittingbourne is the second largest of our operations where we also pack fresh fruit and vegetables.

Our pack house is in operation 24 hours a day, employing over 500 colleagues. We offer a broad range of roles based at site from Quality Assurance to Site Planners, Warehouse Operatives to Shift Operation Managers. We also have a small of number of support roles to facilitate the day to day running of the operation

About the role

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

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the delivery of the category plan

  • Developing the procurement plan, which is based on an understanding of market conditions, in conjunction with the key stakeholders to deliver the required margin, quality and availability

  • Reviewing 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

  • Communicating with suppliers, and other elements of the supply chain, to enable them to deliver effectively

  • Providing the retail team with a forward projection of supply to enable effective business planning

  • Creating and focusing on the Retail Strategy ensuring all trading formats have a fit for purpose customer offer

  • Liaising with finance to ensure supplier payments are processed in a timely manner

Skills & Experience Required:

  • Relevant buying experience

  • Experience demonstrating cost saving procurement solutions implemented in previous roles

  • An advocate for delivering outstanding customer service

  • Integrity and credibility with a track record of delivery of financial targets     

  • Driven to achieve exceptional standards and deliver business goals

  • Good networker and negotiator

  • Ability to handle high levels of pressure and critical decision-making

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Direct procurement experience in an FMCG business

  • Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) course

  • Ability to set business targets, timelines, plans and financial targets

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:

  • Paid annual leave

  • Annual Bonus

  • 10% Asda Discount

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • 4x Life assurance

  • Social events

  • Free car parking.

  • Private Health Care



Your place in our world

Director – Procurement Edible Produce
Specialist - Buyer Edible Produce