Wednesday , February 8 2023

WHSmith Careers 2022 – Buyer

Website WHSmith

Job Description:

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Buyer to join our talented Books team based in our High Street Head Office in Swindon. Reporting into the Senior Buyer, you will be responsible for our Travel and Education books categories.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to work in a fast-paced environment and will work well in a team. The role requires an organised individual, capable of managing complex information and a diverse supplier base. The successful candidate will have strong relationship building skills as well as being confident when it comes to presenting data and analysing the figures.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Buying responsibility for Book categories
  • Generating new ideas on how to grow YOY Sales, margin and supplier income
  • Building up strong relationships with suppliers to deliver effective and profitable plans
  • Working closely with the supply base to ensure in store availability is maintained.
  • Able to deliver meaningful reports and cut through the information / detail in order to get to the real issue
  • Keeping abreast of market trends and competitor activity in a fast paced environment, to help identify new opportunities as well as changes to our existing offering
  • Working closely with other areas of the business including Operations, Business Development, Marketing and Finance team

Job Requirements:

  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent numerical and analysis capability
  • Ability to work cross functionally
  • Net understanding of business (i.e. buying and stock)
  • Proven track record of delivering strong levels of supplier income
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills including V lookups and Pivot Tables
  • Previous Buying experience within a Retail/FMCG background
  • Enthusiastic and excited about books
  • Remains calm under pressure

Job Details:

Company: WHSmith

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Swindon, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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