London, UK
Posted 1 day ago
Full time

Job description

We are recruiting for an Ingredients Buyer to join the team here at Harrods. The focus of your role will be to source the highest quality ingredients for the lowest supply cost for our Restaurants and Kitchens.

You will come to the role armed with outstanding industry knowledge and existing supplier relationships, with excellent interpersonal skills that will allow you to form a strong alliance with our culinary and front of house teams.

About the role

We have 27 food outlets across our Knightsbridge store, each offering a unique experience for our customers. As an Ingredients Buyer, you will be accountable for devising the ingredients strategy for both our Restaurants & Kitchens. Working alongside the Retail Buyer's, Product Developers and Chefs, you will develop sourcing arrangements and manage the supply chain to ensure top quality ingredients, for the lowest supply cost.

Taking direction from internal Stakeholders and our experienced Chefs, you will be in charge of procuring a range of ingredients: from specific, rare meats to commodity products, (for example butter, sugar and flour) all in the name of bringing wonderful food creations to life!

As an Ingredients Buyer you will also:

  • Be responsible for all supplier negotiations to source product at the lowest cost and highest quality
  • Understand and influence the Restaurant development roadmap
  • Contribute to the critical path for menu changes and openings accordingly
  • Identify emerging trends and opportunities by using competitor market analysis and internal and CRM data
  • Build and nurture key relationships both within Harrods and with external suppliers and partners.

Within this role, you will manage a direct report (Assistant Buyer), there will also be the opportunity for travel.

About You

You will be a real foodie, passionate about bringing the best product at the lowest price. This calls for not only innovation and strong negotiation skills but also an innate ability to build long lasting relationships: three things you will pride yourself on.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in Food Buying, Category Management or Sourcing. Whether you hail from a manufacturer or a restaurant group, you will be possess exceptional procurement skills including supplier management, supply chain management, cost management, quality and safety management. You will also possess:

  • Experience within ingredients and/or commodity buying
  • A financially aware, analytical mind
  • Strong PC literacy (Microsoft, Excel & SAP)
  • Business acumen & industry knowledge
  • Solution based approach
  • Inspiring leadership skills, able to support & inspire your team

In return, you'll enjoy a package that includes: eligibility for a competitive bonus, 25 days holiday, your birthday off, up to 33% Harrods discount and a 50% Business Clothing Allowance. You will also have the opportunity to join our generous pension scheme, in addition to strong long-term career potential and development support.

About Us

Already one of our most renowned departments, Buying is evolving as part of our major business-wide transformation. We keep Harrods at the forefront of luxury retail by identifying brands that match consumer tastes and supporting our journey to become the world's leading luxury retail emporium.

Our Promise to You

At Harrods, we believe that nothing is impossible. We drive ourselves and inspire others to always push for more and this passion to exceed is what sets us apart. We are proud to be a place where standing out means being yourself.

Uniquely You

At Harrods, we believe the personality and authenticity of our people sets us apart. We celebrate and invite applications from all cultures, backgrounds, tastes and experiences and are proud of our culture where people from all walks of life can grow and thrive. What makes us unique is what makes us exceptional.

If you want to know more about our people, our culture and careers opportunities search #TogetherHarrods on LinkedIn, Facebook or follow us on Instagram, @togetherharrods

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