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Buyer- Toys

Posted 6 Feb 2024
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(Fulltime, 38hrs per week)

Being a buyer at Action offers you the right kind of challenge if Food and Drinks products are your passion. Within the buying team, you determine the buying strategy for Food and Drinks. In sum: you are responsible for the assortment of more than 2550+ stores in 11 different countries!

This is your daily action

As a Buyer, you are part of the Buying department and you work closely with the other Buyer, Buying Trainee, Buying Assistants, and the Head of Buying of our successful Toys product group. The activities are aimed at buying from A to Z of our diverse range, such as products for chocolates, confectionery, beverages and health products.
You bear a great responsibility in the composition of the range as a Buyer. Because you are constantly looking for new items and know where the demand is, your choices will be visible on all the food and drink shelves in Europe.

Furthermore, you prepare negotiations and negotiate with (potential) suppliers & together with the stock planning department you ensure that your articles are always in stock in our distribution centres. Next to this, you keep a close eye on the market and the stores around us, ensuring that Action is able to keep guaranteeing the lowest price in our 11 markets.
In addition, you will work on sustainability by setting the standards for sustainable manufacturing, the sustainable sourcing of raw materials and constantly discovering new ways of reducing our environmental impact.BuyingBecause we aim to change our assortment frequently to keep our prices low and our customers surprised, you are not only responsible for the current assortment, you are continuously looking for the next product against optimal buying conditions (volume, price, amount and quality). You will work closely with various international suppliers and manufacturers in order to do so. Your job is a mix between buying A-brands from international companies and working with various stakeholders to further the development of our own private labels.

You also focus on:

  • Meeting with suppliers, negotiate and close deals;
  • Being responsible for your own sourcing network;
  • Analysing the assortment;
  • Cooperating with various departments (sustainability/marketing/quality/etc.);

Category strategy

  • Implementing the category strategy for the relevant product group;
  • Implementing the pricing and promotion policy; you work together with the relevant departments to implement the pricing and promotion policy in consultation;
  • Implementing strategy in the field of quality and sustainability, monitoring the purchasing process and identifying and reporting deviations;
  • Executing strategy in the field of merchandising; you work together with the relevant department to implement the strategy of the article presentation in consultation;
  • Implementing strategy in the field of marketing and digital; you work together with the relevant department to implement the strategy for marketing and digital in consultation;
  • Monitoring and analyzing a fixed assortment with the aim of re-ordering the correct items in time;
  • (Co) carrying out operational purchasing and negotiating, within the set frameworks, about the most favorable price and conditions;
  • The activities are carried out in the structure of the drawn-up weekly, monthly and annual plan.

Supply Chain

  • Monitoring the stock for the relevant product group in the various distribution centers;
  • Analyzing and executing actions in close collaboration with Supply Chain Planning with the aim of achieving an optimal stock and delivery rate;
  • Identifying and discussing ad hoc actions to respond adequately to commercial opportunities, e.g. the delivery of weather-related articles in the event of a changing weather forecast;
  • Collaborates with inventory planners to increase product availability from suppliers;
  • Works together with the (direct import) planners for an optimal delivery rate of the direct import articles.

Market research and product development

  • Conducting market research; based on various sources, including store visits, online and mapping consumer behaviour, trends and developments;
  • Translate market research into concrete commercial plans, promotions and assortment;
  • Assess and follow up on the newly offered products.

Meet your team

Our department consists of the following units: Buying, Commercial Planning and Quality. We are continuously scouring the market for new items to surprise our customers, negotiate with suppliers, analyse revenues to find out what our customers like, and create weekly promotions. We visit our stores (and those of our competitors;) on a regular basis to maintain a feel for what is going on.

As Buyer, you are part of the Buying department. The Buyer works together with Supply Chain, Stock and Demand Planning, Commercial Operations, Commercial Development, Marketing and Store Operations.

Will you join us on our challenge to keep surprising our customers with a large and diverse assortment? Take Action!

This is you

  • We are looking for someone who is analytical, with a hands-on mentality.
  • A Buyer at Action is commercial, cost-conscious and feels at home in an international dynamic environment.
  • You have a great sense of responsibility and you enjoy working in a team.
  • In addition, you are assertive and analytically strong and you work hard to achieve what you want.
  • Communication is also one of your strengths, you can translate sales data into (new) products without any problems.
  • You also have experience in Retail or at a supplier (sales) and you have an affinity with the products within Food and drinks.
  • You can think of chocolates, confectionery, beverages and health products. The ideal candidate has entrepreneurship in his blood and has already gained some commercial experience

Furthermore you have

  • Demonstrable, relevant work experience in Retail / Buying or as Category Manager;
  • FMCG industry and/or international experience would be advantageous;
  • Excellent command of English, spoken and written;
  • HBO/WO level in a commercial, Retail-related education would be strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of Dutch, French or German language is an advantage.

What we offer

  • An annual bonus based on company and personal performance
  • Long Term incentive
  • A lease car or car allowance
  • A company laptop and mobile phone
  • 24 days holidays and the option to buy 5 extra days (based on 38 hours per week)
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working up to 20% from home, of course in coordination with your team and manager
  • A good pension scheme, collective health insurance and travel expenses allowance
  • Extensive education and training at our own Action Academy
  • Dynamic, international organization with lots of opportunities to grow.
  • Zwaagdijk-Oost is traffic jam-free and only 30 minutes by car from Amsterdam

How we contribute to society

As a retailer with millions of enthusiastic customers, we take our responsibility for people and the environment. That is why we invest in solutions that reduce the impact on the environment and ensure better production conditions in the countries where we operate and manufacture. Click here for more information.

Interested?

Are you ready to take Action? Apply now.

Curious what’s next?

  1. Our recruiter will review your application and will get back to you asap.
  2. We’ll invite you for a first job interview.
  3. We’d like to get to know you better. That’s why we will ask you to take an online assessment.
  4. We’ll invite you for a second interview to discuss your assessment.
  5. Are we still a great match? Then we will become new colleagues!

Contact

  • Rajeev Radhakrishnan Nair
  • R.RadhakrishnanNair@action.nl

Action is dé snelgroeiende internationale non-food discounter met meer dan 500 winkels in Nederland, België, Duitsland en Frankrijk en meer dan 20.000 medewerkers. Van oorsprong zijn we een Nederlandse winkel en met onze no nonsens mentaliteit staan we bekend om onze lage prijzen en een divers en verrassend assortiment.
Action groeit sterk qua omzet, resultaat, aantal winkels en aantal werknemers. Op…


Action is dé snelgroeiende internationale non-food discounter met meer dan 500 winkels in Nederland, België, Duitsland en Frankrijk en meer dan 20.000 medewerkers. Van oorsprong zijn we een Nederlandse winkel en met onze no nonsens mentaliteit staan we bekend om onze lage prijzen en een divers en verrassend assortiment.

Action groeit sterk qua omzet, resultaat, aantal winkels en aantal werknemers. Op de plekken waar we ons vestigen geven we een positieve impuls aan de economie en werkgelegenheid. Ons hoofdkantoor en grootste distributiecentrum zijn gevestigd in Zwaagdijk-Oost (Noord-Holland). Het tweede distributiecentrum, gevestigd in Limburg, is gebouwd om verdere internationale groei te faciliteren. Het bevoorraadt de landen België, Duitsland en Frankrijk en het zuidelijk deel van Nederland.

Retail
Zwaagdijk
20,000 employees