Horticultural Sourcing Specialist - West Midlands

Horticultural Sourcing Specialist


Reporting to - Purchasing Manager.

Contact with - UK and European suppliers, and all internal departments as required.

Strategy & Organisation - Develop and grow a database which identifies strategic suppliers who can deliver sustainable competitive advantage to the business.


Main Duties & responsibilities:

• Build and maintain good relationships with existing and new suppliers.

• Continually update the knowledge base of our Purchasing, Sales & Marketing teams regarding our Suppliers current range of items and scope for future growth.

• Develop and maintain catalogues of information regarding suppliers’ range of supply and prices.

• Working with the Purchasing Manager source and develop communications and build relationships with possible new suppliers for supply of new and existing items.

• To assist the Purchasing Manager with the supplier selection process based on price, quality, support, capacity and reliability.

• Ensure robust justification for all new product additions and assist in the administration process for adding new lines.

• To take a lead in the formal supplier capability assessment and performance management using robust KPI measures.

• Ensure the quality and specification of all items purchased meet or exceed that agreed with the Suppliers.

• Working closely with the Purchasing Manager and our supply base, continuously review and forecast market trends and identify changes which could affect margins, reporting movements to the business in a timely manner.

• To work with a continuous improvement mind set engaging with other functions within the Supply Chain to deliver measurable savings that are beneficial to the company.

• Support with purchasing, the negotiation and tendering process in other business areas such as In-Direct contracts, Transport and Logistics, office equipment and consumables on an ad hoc basis.

• Working with the Purchasing team identify solutions and possible suppliers of short-term supply item issues.

• Attend regular Demand Review meetings to report on market changes, supply variances, and possible item category changes.

• Assist in all areas of the buying process as required by the Purchasing Manager.

• Strive for improved efficiencies within the Purchasing process.  

Skills required:

• Horticultural knowledge and experience essential. 

• Highly organised and have the ability to prioritise and allocate time effectively.

• Excellent negotiation skills.

• Multitasking ability.

• Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Knowledge of Demand Management tools.

• Knowledge of purchasing and supply chain systems, LEAN principles of planning and MRP/ERP systems.

• Commercial awareness.

• Experience of Project management.

• Strong numeracy and analytical skills.

• Experience of using Bench marking techniques.

• Skills in Cost saving and process efficiency improvements.

• IT skills specifically in Excel and office.

• Experience of working with KPI’s and using formal problem-solving methodology.

• A self-motivated individual who can work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Additional info:

• Office based role, with supplier visits as required to the UK and Europe.

• Office based in West Midlands.

• CIPS Qualified or equivalent professional qualification/experience

• A full driving licence.

• Normal working hours are 8.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday (working additional hours as necessary during peak times).

• 23 days holiday plus bank holidays.

Salary Package:

• £28k - £30k Basic Salary (This could be slightly negotiable for an exceptional candidate!)

• Plus company benefits including pension.


Please send your CV and cover letter outlining your horticultural and buying / sourcing experience to Kate@agriFJ.co.uk


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