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Job Title:  Global Buyer - Finished Goods

Date:  26-Nov-2021

London, LND, GB, SE1 2JP

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract
Hours per week:  37.50000000000000000

Your role in a nutshell

Are you an experienced Buyer with international sourcing experience?

Are you a genius on Excel and available for a 12 month FTC?

Do you have knowledge of the Health & Beauty industry?

We’d LOVE to talk to you………APPLY NOW!

Within Operations, based in our new London Bridge headquarters, we have an excellent opportunity for a Buyer to join the team on a 12 month fixed term contract basis, working on Finished Goods and New Product Development.

The Buyer role will support The Body Shop Sourcing Strategy and delivery of the business objectives through effective management of supplier relationships driving improving supplier performance, commercial negotiations to ensure The Body Shop has the optimal cost base and the relevant supplier portfolio to fuel our future growth.

More about the role

Responsible for the Sourcing activities core category management as well as new product development in a specific product category including:

Strategy & Category management - Focusing on the category portfolio products, support the senior lead buyer on the implementation the Sourcing Strategy in accordance to business needs, implement the best suited supplier portfolio strategy for New Products. Working closely with the Core Buying team, ensuring that the business needs are shared & pre-empted to re-align our Sourcing Strategy as appropriate.

 Lead & implement cost reduction & value creation initiatives, ensuring performance - Identifying and delivering cost saving and value creation opportunities through negotiations, resourcing, benchmarking and VRE activity ensuring the best value to cost for all NPD under your control. Work with cross functional team to ensure the NPD are delivered on time and to cost in alignment to business needs.

Manages BSI cost forecasts, share & control assumptions for budget & individual product cost construction through all stage gates of the project.  Work with the Sustainable sourcing function to support delivery of sustainability & Ethical Trade objectives

Commercially control spend within your specific remit, working creatively and in a SMART way to reduce both overall costs whilst increasing efficiency

Supplier relationships management - Supporting the senior buyer on Identifying and evaluating suppliers; review suppliers’ performance; lead supplier development efforts on all aspects of the value chain: costs, agility of supply, innovation, sustainability for each SKU. Manage sourcing negotiations and contracting of dedicated markets: from RFQ/RFP to delivery of the product. Corporate BSI Sourcing representative for a given number of projects. Ensures procurement and ethical protocols are documented and followed.

What we look for

  • Previous work in an International Sourcing /Technical /Manufacturing function
  • Proven project implementation skills within a cross functional organisation
  • Experience of supplier performance evaluation, supplier selection & supplier relationship management.
  • experience of sourcing processes, data management & contract management
  • excellent interpersonal skills including; strong cultural awareness with the ability to develop and maintain strong effective relationships
  • Experience of sourcing processes, data management and contract management
  • Knowledge of Health & Beauty industry highly desirable
  • Advanced in Excel

The Body Shop

When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here. 


The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura & Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969. In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up. 


That’s a lot to ask for – so in return we offer

* a 6% contributory pension plan,

* 23 days holiday plus bank holidays - time to refresh and recharge

* Group bonus scheme

* 3 additional days a year to volunteer in the local community to support the causes you feel most passionate about

* LOVE money to spend on YOUR wellbeing - pamper yourself on us. Every year.

* 50% staff discount and access to product sample sales

* Access to Perks at Work, our online shopping channel with exclusive deals & discounts

* AND - we have also implemented 'Work Wise' into our HQ - flexibility of 'in-office' hours, the ability to work remotely and a new meeting charter.

If you are excited by all that - you might just be the sort of person we need to help us make the impactful change the world needs within a business that invented the culture of ‘joyful collective' and everything that means and stands for.

We have something special to offer and we’re looking for someone special to help us to do that. Show us how you can contribute to the next step in the evolution of The Body Shop.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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