Assistant Buyer | DETA Electrical

Assistant Buyer

Department: Buying / Product Development

Location: Luton, Bedfordshire

Reports To: Category Manager


To contribute to the continuous growth of the Product Development Team and support the Category Manager in defining and implementing the commercial and purchasing strategy for the business incorporating associated activities, ensuring their alignment with the company’s objectives.



This hybrid role reports to the Category Manager encompassing the following:


Supplier Management

  • Day to day commercial management of the supplier base.
  • Supplier contract / terms negotiations (price, lead times, minimum order quantities, payment terms, delivery terms, returns arrangements, rebate arrangements, etc.)
  • Supporting the inventory control team with resolution of all supply chain issues
  • Working closely with the product development and quality teams in resolving product quality issues and achieving acceptable commercial resolution.
  • Supporting the commercial and sales teams with new business tenders and promotional activities.
  • Preparation for supplier meetings, trade shows and business trips, communicating actions as agreed and managing these through to completion.


Product Management – Supporting the Category Manager in:

  • Identifying opportunities to further develop, strengthen and/or rationalise the product offers.
  • Monitoring the profitability of ongoing ranges and generating business cases for any new product introductions.
  • Working with colleagues in the inventory control and technical teams to develop and implement action plans to ensure KPI’s are delivered.
  • Developing product strategy and managing the product lifecycle for the Deta product portfolio
  • Maintaining an awareness of competitor offers, ranges, and routes to market.
  • Determining and coordinating activities associated with promotional activities and the launch of new products and ranges.


Project Management

  • Managing Project management of new product introductions and resourcing activities, defining the critical path, working closely with colleagues in the marketing, product development and inventory control teams to ensure key milestones and deliverables are met.
  • Reporting progress to the business of all project activities and contributing to the decision-making process at project review meetings.

General Maintenance

  • Validation of cost price movements by reference to changes in market indices, tracking these and reporting their impact on profitability to the business
  • Preparation of landed cost templates as required to support commercial pricing decisions.




  • Educated to Degree Level in a relevant business discipline (e.g., Procurement, Supply Chain, Business Studies, Management, Finance)



  • Strong project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organised, team player
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in both a team environment and individually.
  • Ability to influence and convince in order to achieve required goals.
  • Capability to multitask in high pressure and deadline driven situations.
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail and a thorough and accurate approach to work
  • Resourceful and lateral thinking with a proactive approach to tasks
  • Computer literate with strong Excel skills (pivot tables, xlookup, IFS, etc)
  • Drive, ambition, and enthusiasm to deliver results and progress within the organisation.


The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary and access to the company’s profit share scheme and a company pension.

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