|Job Title: Category Buyer
Name: David Porter
Company: Co-operative Group (CWS) Ltd
Degree studied at
University of Humberside and LincolnshireMy career so far…
After university I joined Ericsson Telecoms in product management and logistics.
I was a supplies analyst for two and a half years with CRS, then CWS after the merger.
I started the buying role in October 2000.
Brief Job Description
What does your job involve in a typical day?
My role encompasses looking after the profitability and performance of my categories. I look at ways to developing the category, improving sales and profitability by meeting the needs of our customers. I need to ensure that stores, who are at the front end of retailing, are given the necessary tools and information to service our customers effectively and efficiently. Work closely with other members of the category team on range development and other projects. We work closely with other departments within the business e.g. forecasting with supplies, technical department on own label development etc.
Regular meetings with my suppliers enable us both to stay close to what is happening and try to ensure that we are both doing our best to benefit both of our businesses.
It is hard work, and you are always under pressure to meet targets and deadlines, and you sometimes don’t know if you are coming or going, but it is enjoyable most of the time. There are frustrating bits but, as a manager, you get on with them and solve the problems – it’s part of the job.
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What is your advice to people looking for a career in the food and grocery industry?
If, however, you like stability, repetitiveness and dependency on what is going to happen tomorrow……….. choose something else!