Buyer - Fresh Food

Location: Head Office

Dept: Commercial

Job Code: HOSG02

Competitive salary plus benefits

We have an opportunity for an experienced buyer to join our team in the Westmorland Family Head Office here in Cumbria and reporting to our Commercial Director. You will be responsible for growing the size and profitability of our Fresh Food offer in line with our brand values with a focus on butchery, fresh meat and fruit and veg.

The role will be accountable for:

•     Driving sales growth by developing the product offer, monitoring product ranges to achieve target margins and minimise wastage.

•     Leading the product sourcing strategy working closely with key suppliers and our own farm near Tebay.

•     Working alongside the Food Development team and our central production kitchens to create recipes and specifications to deliver a commercially successful range which exceeds customer expectations

•     Leading the creation of a market leading range keeping abreast of the current trends and developing products to delight our customers

•     Setting the standard for display and range strategy which delivers optimum output

•     Line managing the Butchery team in our Northern sites to oversee and develop the whole carcass sourcing process and working alongside the butchery team across the business to deliver your strategy for the range

•     Working with the operational and production teams to ensure they develop an understanding of the product and sales patterns to deliver high level of customer service 

•     Setting and upholding appropriate pricing, promotional and range plans in line with company policies and legal requirements

A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a meat or poultry buying role and a strong understanding of butchery, meat processing and agricultural processes is essential and you should be able to demonstrate strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills. Experience of buying in a fruit and veg role is an advantage.

The ideal candidate should also possess in depth knowledge of the category, market and trends, an ability to analyse data to inform commercial decisions, good personal organisation and ability to work to deadlines.

The Westmorland Family is a second generation family business which started in 1972 when the M6 was built through the Dunning’s hill farm in Cumbria and Tebay Services was born. Despite significant growth the family farm still feeds our business and our farm heritage is important in everything we do. We are proud to be a food business; we love food and we think how it is sourced, how it’s made and how it looks and tastes is important. We make our own food for our kitchens and in our Farmshops and forecourts we form close partnerships with small producers who are doing something unique and brilliant. If its sounds like we are different to most motorway services that’s because we are. As an employer we can also offer discounts across of farmshops and kitchens, life assurance, company pension amongst others.

If you want to be part of the team please attach a covering letter along with your CV telling us why you want to work with us.  


Closing date: 25th July