Sainsbury's Argos (part of Sainsbury's Group Plc)

We are currently looking for a Sourcing Manager to join our Commercial function based in Milton Keynes.

You will drive the wider department to deliver great products at supermarket price, by fulfilling our Global Sourcing Strategy and successfully achieving our targets.

What I need to do:

Implement all aspects of the department strategy to deliver all KPIs including shipment and sales participation targets; gain understanding on sales, margin performance and stock level analysis of the department
Responsible of the Periodic Shipment Report in the management of shipment position of the department
Deliver a robust supply base that fulfils our Global Sourcing Strategy and meets our Ethical and Technical standards across all sites; ensuring supplier performance reviews take place
Drive the sourcing process from supplier engagement through to supplier set up
Maintain timely commercial awareness of developments within the supply base, gain understanding on market trend and proactively identify product opportunities
Responsible for the product development process from brief to selection with the supply base; prepare and attend buying trip, with clear follow up actions with all parties
Review quotation records and support price negotiations with suppliers to ensure margin objectives are met
Support the order management process from purchase order, sealing and approval process to shipment delivery, ensure critical path trackers are accurate and flagging potential risk
Establish strong communication with UK and Asia colleagues and suppliers
Update through the weekly progress management meetings providing clear visibility of sealing and handover dates
Have a thorough understanding of our operating procedures and be familiar with our systems and ways of working
Understand our business vision and goal; play a positive role in making Sainsbury’s Argos a great place to work

What I need to know:

Excellent communication and negotiation skills
University degree
Held a commercial role in a retail environment
Commercial awareness and financial skills
Knowledge of buying systems and processes
Ability to represent the business externally at a high level
Numerate and comfortable with analysis and comparison with excellent Excel skills
Ability to run and interpret data recommending subsequent actions

Here at Sainsbury’s Argos we’re a proud equal opportunities employer that values diversity at every level of our business. Inclusion and Diversity are fundamental to our culture and values, fostering an innovative, collaborative and fast paced work environment that means we can build a better future for our colleagues and our customers. Everyone is welcome at Sainsbury’s Argos. Want to find out more? Then visit our Diversity & Inclusion page on our Careers site –