LOCATION: Totton, Southampton
Hours: 40 hours per week (excluding 30 minute lunch break)

THE COMPANY:
Trading since 1995 Harvest have grown to be one of the largest Independent Food Service providers in the South of England. With a broad clientele base covering restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals as well as many other sectors we are renowned for offering first class service levels to our customer. Our product range is extensive and includes high quality butchery, chilled, frozen, ambient and fresh food as well as a range of non food sundries.
After rapid growth over the past 12 months we are now looking for 3 passionate Category Development Managers to manage and develop our product range, maximise our commercial income and follow our ethical and sustainable practices such as working with local suppliers.

THE ROLE:

Reporting to the Sales and Marketing Director your role will be to ensure our product range in your specialist category is fit for purpose, on trend and commercially managed. You will also be responsible for ensuring all administration for your range is kept up to date as well as agreeing ongoing promotion plans for your category.
You will work within the framework of our buying group ‘Country Range’ and also source local and sustainable products where possible.
The job is buying and administration focused and will have a bonus scheme linked to a performance target of commercial income.

THE CANDIDATE:

The successful candidate will have ideally worked as a buyer within the food or catering environment or you may be a junior buyer looking for the next step up.
You will have reasonable IT skills and a willingness to learn. Candidates must be confident in negotiating with suppliers and have a passion for food.
You will have great attention to detail and fantastic communication skills.

In return we will offer a great working environment, competitive salary, 31 days holiday per year (including Bank Holidays) along with an amazing discount on our products, pension scheme and Perkbox Benefits package which includes free cinema tickets and coffee’s as well as access to hundreds of high street discounts.
To apply please e mail your cv and covering letter to stevewhitwam@harvestfinefoods.co.uk or post your application to Steve Whitwam, Sales & Marketing Director, Harvest, Unit 6-9 Brunel Road, South Hampshire Industrial Park, Totton, Southampton, SO40 3SA.