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Buying Manager

Support Office


Job Reference: 161904BR

Nottingham Support Office

Fixed Term


A wonderful opportunity for an experienced Sourcing or Procurement professional operating at buying manager level to join our Global Sourcing team within the EU Sourcing division in Nottingham on a temporary one year contract (maternity cover). The role offers hybrid working and will involve some European travel when current restrictions allow.
About the opportunity

As a buying Manager in the Boots brand team you will be responsible for the execution of strategies and ongoing management of spend across key categories within Healthcare. Reporting into the Senior Sourcing Manager for Boots UK, you will lead a team of buyers, and be empowered to manage your own category portfolio to deliver business results. You will be part of the EU sourcing team and will be accountable for driving profit enhancement and enabling differentiated product development.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Senior Buyers and Buyers to deliver breakthrough levels of performance by deploying exceptional leadership skills, managing stakeholders effectively and through continuous coaching of cross-functional teams.
  • Supports the development and implementation of business plans and budgets, including long-range objectives, performance goals and metrics. Accountable for driving cost benefits and creating a future pipeline of benefits across your portfolio of categories and accurate and timely reporting
  • Accountable for creating category procurement strategies, which deliver to business strategies and goals.
  • Managing of on-going vendor relationships and supplier performance across multiple categories of portfolio; ensures regular supplier meetings takes place and implements improvement strategies with suppliers.
  • Management of multiple projects within the portfolio

About you
  • A team leader with a track record of developing your team
  • Experience managing multiple variable negotiations for spend categories >$50m million dollars ideally on a global level
  • Experience implementing category sourcing strategies with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results
  • Experience working with Profit & Loss (P&L) concepts, such as revenue, COGS, gross profit margin, operating expenses and cash flow with a view to identifying and delivering profit enhancement opportunities
  • A strong Cross functional player with excellent stakeholder management & communication skills
  • Experienced in understanding commodity markets, supply chains and NPD delivery.

We have a great range of benefits* that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you:
  • Competitive holiday allowance (with the option to buy more days)
  • Retirement Savings Plan pension scheme
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity / Paternity / Adoption leave pay
  • £100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
  • Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, holiday buying, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme offering free, independent and confidential counselling and support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Generous staff discount (with enhanced discounts for Boots brands, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearingcare)
  • Access to corporate third-party discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays and more (UK only)
  • Access to a range of learning and development resources and programmes
  • Excellent onsite facilities including: staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, outdoor seating spaces, dry cleaning service and excellent travel links including on campus bus stops
*All rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility.

Why WBA Global Sourcing
Our sourcing team brings a broad and diverse range of products to life for our retailers, brands and most importantly, our customers.
Our global sourcing operation is the power behind WBA’s retailers and brands.
Our team of more than 400 people are located throughout Asia, the UK, Mexico and the U.S., putting us at the heart of the markets we serve and close to our suppliers. The combination of the team’s expertise and the breadth and diversity of our supplier base enables WBA Global Sourcing to bring to life an extraordinarily broad range of products from beauty and healthcare, to groceries and toys, with a specialty in the development of owned brand and consumer brand products.
With a razor-sharp focus on product quality, the Global Sourcing team supports delivery against our ambitious WBA sustainability targets through initiatives such as packaging reduction and the eradication of single-use plastic. We also reduce the volume of goods shipped around the world by manufacturing products locally in the regions where they will be sold. Critically, we ensure we only work with suppliers that consistently demonstrate compliance with our ethical sourcing requirements.

We're proud to offer our Support Office team members a hybrid working approach because how we work is central to our ability to compete, innovate and win together. Our hybrid, flexible approach to work is based upon empowerment, accountability, care and trust and includes a balanced mix of remote and office-based working.

What’s next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.

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