Merchandise Manager (Bakery)


The Merchandise Manager Bakery is responsible for coordinating with Sourcing teams as well as supporting purchases for our client. The role holder is also responsible for assisting with selection and examining products that get to store shelves, in catalogues, and online.

Role Details Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Sourcing Strategy

Implement effective strategies for sourcing goods and maintaining desired stock levels

Research and review new products to meet company's goals

Prepare and review purchase details of orders and deliveries

Research and suggest new suppliers with long-term cost savings or quality improvement

Implement methods to reduce shortages and overstocking through analysis of data and prepare control strategies

Follow up of KPI s Head Office and DC Market

Implement/Follow up Bakery strategy

Assure strategy of category managers at store level (Bakery Goods)

Assure strategy of category managers at DC Market level (coordination between stores needs and procurement/sourcing)

Apply category role strategy

Tender and Negotiation

Engage in souring the best quality products for competitive prices aligned with the organizations objectives

Manage the issuances of tenders and RFQs to the market in coordination with the relevant business users

Implement negotiation strategies to secure profitable deals

Stay abreast of shifts in the negotiating power of suppliers

Develop a cost scenario analysis, and benchmarking for the sourcing function when required

Vendor Relationships

Identify profitable suppliers and initiate partnerships

Cultivate relationships with existing and future suppliers

Develop and provide inputs on the risk evaluation of existing and future supply contracts

Identify trustworthy vendors and suppliers to develop future partnerships with

Utilize network to expand supplier base and attend trade shows to identify new product trends and potential suppliers

Sourcing Optimization

Develop reports on key functional metrics to reduce expenses and improve effectiveness

Control spending and build a culture of long-term saving on procurement costs

Quality Control

Follow all required policies and procedures related to quality assurance of sourced items

Ensure regular supplier audits are implemented

Oversee communication with suppliers on quality related issues and propose areas for improvement to ensure best quality products

Report any action that might interfere with the proper functioning of the company

Coordination with Internal Stakeholders

Communicate with Sales Development frequently to better understand the needs of our client

Develop database of key trends in consumer retail

Communicate with relevant stakeholders to ensure clarity of the specifications and expectations of the sourcing function

Financial Responsibilities

Ensure alignment of procedures in accordance with the Delegation of Authority (DOA)

Assist in monitoring allocated budget to ensure compliance and highlight possible issues

Provide inputs on the preparation of budget when necessary

Provide inputs on cost reduction measures

The candidate will need to have the following, as a minimum:

Minimum Qualifications/education

Bachelor s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics or Business Administration

Minimum experience

5+ years of experience in a similar role

2+ years in retail


Talent in negotiations and networking

Strong people management skills

Strong business communication and presentation skills

Aptitude in decision-making and working with numbers

Experience in collecting and analyzing data

Strong leadership capabilities

It is important that the successful candidate has the following experience:-

Bakery Background We will be looking for someone who is a Baker by trade, with extensive experience of leading operations

Recipe Development Would need to introduce, as well as train teams, on new recipes to develop the business

Commercial Awareness Strong commercial/financial understanding, from buying and supplier negotiations, to understand sales/growth of the business

Language Skills - Arabic speaking and Middle East experience would be advantageous, but not mandatory. Fluency in English to a must.

Please contact Frank or Georgina +44 (0) (phone number removed) or +44 (phone number removed) to discuss the role and your experience. Or if you feel you have the above experience, please send over a CV and we will get back to you with some feedback and more information about the role and the company

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