Job Description

Merchandising Category Specialist -County Antrim

Ref No: AM17756yy

County Antrim, UK

Competitive salary

Merchandising Category Specialist - County Antrim.

In this role you will assist with the procurement process, including day to day vendor management, terms negotiation and vendor supply / service level.

The role requires a candidate who will understand the requirements of each vendor and proactively manages that relationship to ensure it reaches its full potential.

Key Accountabilities:

Provide day-to-day support in the management of supplier communication, including query resolution for stakeholders within the business in relation to vendor/items etc.
Act as day-to-day liaison with Supply Chain
Support on the negotiation of contracts/agreements with vendors
This includes tenders, vendor compliance, new vendor set up
Providing support to the Sales Team on customer/external tenders as appropriate
Liaise with other departments as required
Review and monitor framework risks. Lead & support the development of mitigation plans to address these risks where possible
Support in the identification and selection of vendors
Working closely with Category Management team on sourcing, category strategy, supplier negotiations, supplier selection, supplier approval and supplier onboarding
Ensure that inbound service levels are on or above target
Attend Sales training sessions & meetings as required
Ensure that the product and price file is continuously and accurately maintained
Act as escalation point for Demand Planners
Monitor and maintain database to ensure that all records are fully up to date & accurate and compliant for audit traceability
Work with vendors to ensure vendor compliance, product availability and service level

Interested applicants should have:

Third Level Degree in a Business / Procurement / Food related discipline is desirable
High level of commercial expertise with relevant experience within the food industry
Results-based with a demonstrated track record of applying financial, commercial or procurement skills to a range of business-related objectives
A proactive approach to problem solving and issue resolution.
Excellent Microsoft Office skills including Excel to intermediate or advanced level is a minimum requirement
Full clean driving license


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