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North Wales - Deeside
Contract type
Permanent - Full time

Think of Iceland and you think of frozen food… And rightly so – it’s been the driving force behind our brand for 50 years. But did you know that we’re also the most innovative food retailer in the UK operating across chilled and ambient categories too, and the winner of multiple awards for our products, service and the way we treat our employees?

We’re looking for an ambitious Trading Manager to join our expanding Buying Department in Head Office. The successful Trading Manager will lead cross-functional teams and build long term supplier relationships to deliver the high plan through value and innovation focussed category strategies.

Our Buying Department have the freedom and autonomy to succeed. From the outset, you’ll think quickly and act decisively. You’ll build strong relationships with suppliers, implement the category strategy to maximise sales and improve margins. The credibility to influence at a very senior level in retail is vital. You’ll be able to act as a role model for others in the team, ensuring that we keep one step ahead of retail trends, competitor activities and consumer demands.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Deliver strategic category plans through the templated Range Review
  • Negotiate lower costs through full use of OL costing sheets, full use of the grey team, tear downs and GAP led supplier negotiations
  • Full responsibility for organising and delivery Range Reviews, including strategic category
  • Full responsibility for product quality and food safety end to end. Managed and delivered via a designated Food Technologist
  • Delivery of accurate financial forecast on time to the Trading Director
  • Full accountability for the prevention/ resolution for all supply and availability issues end to end with a clear plan for stores
  • Ensure full knowledge of market pricing and deliver competitivity
  • Identification of key points of difference and innovation that enable a market leading product range, complimented with exclusivity agreements surrounding the supply base and/ or concepts
  • Set and agree industry benchmark for all own label products and operate quality enhancements around this
  • Full responsibility for wastage budget and reduction and weekly management to optimise costs and margin
  • Building strong partnerships and relationships in order to drive strategic category plans and differentiation; ensuring decision makers are the key point of


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a Buyer/Senior Buyer role
  • Proven ability to lead a team
  • Experience working within the Food Industry; Chilled, Grocery or Frozen Categories
  • Highly analytical and numerate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Expert negotiation skills (supported by GAP training)
  • Resilience and ability to work at pace


Make a difference to your career at Iceland, we expect a lot but you’ll get a lot back in return. We will help you to grow and develop your career and give you the freedom to show that you really care.

Our standard benefits package includes:

  • 25 days holiday, plus 8 days bank holiday
  • 10% store discount, 30% discount with Club Individual Restaurant Group
  • Free parking onsite
  • Double discount weeks
  • Highly subsidised restaurant onsite with our own Michelin Star Chef!
  • Subsidised Costa onsite
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Charity fundraising events
  • Educational sponsorship
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave
  • Long service awards
  • Reward & recognition
  • Rewards discount / cashback scheme at over 150 retailers. Categories including; shopping, electricals, holidays, restaurants, insurance, and more!


Be Proud. Be brave. Be everything that makes us different. Be Iceland.

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