Here at Suma we’ve been doing things a bit differently for over 40 years. Not only in our mission to supply everything vegetarian, ethical and sustainable, but also in how we are run.
Suma is a worker co-operative; a business owned and run by the nearly 200 members who work here. We’re a group of ordinary people who have built a business on principles of integrity and equality. Suma’s employees work together to collectively set the direction of the business - there’s no shareholders and no traditional ‘bosses’. Everyone at Suma gets paid the same wage, takes personal responsibility and does a range of jobs each week.
About the job
As a co-op we are more than the sum of our parts, and we are seeking a Product Buyer to be based at our main offices in Elland, West Yorkshire. This is a Trial Membership role, which is our pathway to a permanent contract. As a Buyer your role is responsible for maintaining and developing your own portfolio of products and suppliers, in line with Suma’s overall Strategy, and ensuring we have adequate stock levels. You will build relationships with suppliers and internal departments, and report to the Buying Coordinator. We are looking for someone with previous buying or purchasing experience, preferably within the wholefood market, and with excellent negotiation and communication skills.
There are a number of great benefits which are shared by all Suma employees:
- A competitive, equal pay salary
- Generous holiday entitlement
- Flexible working
- Staff discount
- Free meals whilst on-site
- Overtime can be taken as pay or time off in lieu
- Access to occupational sick pay
We are looking to fill this post on a full-time basis. Suma is committed to principles of diversity and inclusion and encourages applicants from all backgrounds.
As Product Buyer you will need:
- Previous Buying experience
- Strong communication and negotiation skills
- Knowledge of the food retail and distribution market/industry?
- An understanding and respect for the co-operative values and principles
- To be willing to work cooperatively
- To want to contribute to the wider business
- To be a professional representative of Suma
Visit our website www.suma.coop/about/jobs for full job descriptions and to apply. Please note that we only accept applications on our own forms and do not accept CVs. The website is also a great place to find out more about us and what we do.
The closing date for applications is 25th Jan 2020. We cannot accept applications received after this time. First stage interviews will be conducted week commencing 8th Feb 2020. The exact date will be confirmed nearer the time.