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Buyer - Smart Technology


Job Number: 24985

Location: Acton Support Centre (123)

Contract: Full Time / Permanent



As the category manager for Smart Home you have full commercial accountability for a rising star category within the business. You’ll be working closely with some of the largest brands in the world to create a short-term strategy to deliver the best shopping experience to customers whilst delivering unrivalled services and offers. You’ll have good experience at building relationships both internally and externally, whilst being a strong negotiator with various stakeholders
The Category Manager will develop and implement the category plan to deliver the sales, margin and stock budgets. Maximise margin delivery by managing suppliers efficiently and provide a range to meet customer needs. Deliver promotional activity to drive sales and competitiveness whilst supporting effective stock management. Ensuring that the category is always striving for a market leading range that delivers to our customer needs.

There's no feeling quite like uniting tech lovers everywhere and we get to do it every single day. Connecting our people, our customers and our partners. We're a team of 41,000 colleagues working across nine countries to deliver excellence. Be part of framing the future with us. You'll certainly feel proud when you see what you can achieve here.

As part of this role, you will be responsible for:
•    Establish credible relationships with suppliers to ensure the best cost, best supply and best delivery for our customers
•    Be aware of market activity and continually using this information to ensure that the category is performing
•    Work side by side with the merchandisers to ensure all metrics are hit across sales and stock
•    Provide feedback and challenge on the commercial processes to ensure that we continually make improvements to better deliver for our customers
•    Contribute to projects within the Commercial team and the wider Dixons Retail Group
You will need:
•    Good numerical and analytical skills to be capable of monitoring market changes, competitor prices and products, and past sales patterns to forecast demand
•    Highly developed negotiation and influencing skills to enable successful negotiations with suppliers
•    Precise judgment and strong decision-making skills to enable the right actions for the category
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, capable of presenting within senior forums
•    Strong working knowledge of MS Office, in particular Excel

We’re one team and we celebrate all of the great things you do. One way we show our gratitude is by giving you access to a range of lifestyle benefits, including: 
•    Company Pension Scheme 
•    Free on-site Gym
•    Discretionary/Performance based bonus
•    Colleague Discounts (shopping, cinema, food discounts etc) 

Beyond that, we'll be with you every step of the way, enabling you to get the most out of your role. Training plans are a given, and you'll have access to additional e-learning resources to really see your career develop in the way you want. We're building a team that brings technology to people, making their lives better, easier and fuller, and you can be part of it.