Buying Assistant

Buying Assistant

Communication is key! You’ll be working with internal stakeholders and external suppliers so we need you to be able to communicate at all levels. This is a diverse role and that means a fast pace with lots of deadlines so need to thrive in this sort of environment. You’ll be dealing with lots of data on a daily basis so we need you to be competent in Excel. That means you already know how to format information clearly and can work with formulas. You’ll be a curious self-starter who isn’t afraid to challenge the norm. You will support the Category Manager in the running of the category, and the development and execution of activity to achieve sales and margin targets.

Key responsibilities

  • Review competitor activity, in terms of product offering, pricing and promotional / in store activity.
  • Support the Category Manager to carry out range reviews and promotional activities. Be aware of commercial planning schedules and ensure all deadlines are planned for and met. This will include, for example, completing nomination templates, and supporting with proofing and re-pricing activity.
  • Complete supplier account forms and manage the end to end process for setting up new suppliers. Keep supplier information up to date, including (but not limited to) VBA’s, accounting details, contact information etc.
  • Respond promptly and accurately to product queries, price queries, cost price changes, catalogue & on-line errors and quality issues. These may be highlighted by suppliers, Kingfisher functions, stores, the Contact Centre and other Head Office departments.
  • Manage the Product Centre ensuring that product samples are delivered, stored and returned or disposed of in an appropriate manner for your categories.
  • Regularly update line manager on progress, key issues and changes to work priorities.

Required skills

  • Experience working within a face-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Systems orientated with an experience of SAP and other data centres an advantage
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office and skilled with Microsoft Excel
  • Accurate and numerate, with attention to detail to be able to challenge and spot errors
  • Analytical; able to produce, interpret and draw conclusions from data
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Previous commercial experience in a retail environment desirable
  • Previous work experience within a Buying Head Office desirable
  • Strong commercial awareness, with a creative eye for product and trends


  • 28 days’ holiday, increasing with each years’ service
  • Award winning pension scheme – up to 14% Kingfisher contribution
  • 20% discount with Screwfix and B&Q
  • Discounted healthcare and life cover
  • Loyalty recognition & company share save scheme
  • Currently working flexibly from home
  • In-house training and development

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Job Overview
  • Hours Per Week
  • Salary
    Up to £24k
  • Job Category
    Supply Chain
Job Location