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Head of Buying - Cosmetics - Third Party Brands

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  • Location:

    City of Manchester

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  • Salary:

    £70000 - £100000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Shiva Davoodi

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  • Published:

    24 days ago

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I've partnered with one of the largest global consumer goods brands, specializing in cosmetics, health and haircare brands to recruit a Head of Buying to lead the largest division in the business. Founded in the late 90's, the company have gone from strength to strength, initially beginning their journey as a fragrance reseller, now branching out across 7000 products weekly. As Head of Buying, you are responsible for defining and delivering the buying strategy for third party brands whilst working cross functionally with the marketing, NPD and quality teams to ensure excellence across the brand.

The Head of Buying (third party) will be responsible for:

  • Manage the end-to-end buying process for third party

  • Drive the buying strategy and play a key role in the delivery of sourcing projects and supplier negotiations.

  • Market knowledge: undertanding and knowedlge of curent trends in cosmetics, knowing which brands to partner with and when

  • Ensure the right products and materials are delivered to the agreed specification, at the required time and at the lowest total acquisition cost

  • With the NPD team, ensure all supplier specifications clearly define the quality and production standards required

  • Implement a multiple supplier strategy to help mitigate supply risks, ensuring there is a healthy mix of suppliers across all categories

The Head of Buying will have:

  • A demonstrated track record operating at Buying Manager and above within a cosmetics organisation/ category.

  • Experience within both an established and greenfield procurement function/ category.

  • Passion and understanding of current trends within cosmetics

This is a great opportunity for a Head of Buyingto step into the largest, fastest moving function within the business and drive the team towards excellence, whilst nurturing key supplier and stakeholder relationships.

For more information, please contact Shiva at

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