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Arlington, Virginia (VA), US, 22202

National Brands Buyer



Role Information

Job Title: Manager - Purchasing (Buying)

Department: Buying

Business Unit: Purchasing

Reports To: Director - Purchasing (Buying)

Supervisory Role: No

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Summary

The Manager - Purchasing (Buying) has full ownership of a product range within their given category. This role is responsible for the product quality, costing, and supplier management of their product range.

Essential Functions
  • Lead and coordinate purchasing projects and negotiations
  • Prepare and negotiate with national suppliers in agreement with the line manager, and where applicable, International Purchasing
  • Preparing all documents required for supplier contracts, item set up, and master data maintenance
  • Full ownership of given product range including developing category strategy, supplier management, product development, negotiation, and category management
  • Analyze trends in the market with a view to create strong commercial opportunities
  • Prepare portfolio reports and propose cost saving initiatives for your product range
  • Manage commercial data such as turnover, margin, and investment in price reductions
  • Conduct annual assortment analyses reviewing the market and aligning on key categorical changes (WGA) while leveraging Category Management and relevant industry data
  • Identify, test, and recommend new products in coordination with Purchasing Leadership
  • Ensure constant communication and consultation with suppliers
  • Ensure constant communication with International Office, Supply Chain, and Logistics teams to resolve problems
  • Review Leaflets weekly for accuracy
  • Approve supplier contracts
  • Train or guide the work of other team members on occasion
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge in category management and/or product development
  • Ability to effectively manage negotiations and conduct category management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities with private label product development and/or national brands within grocery retail


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • German language skills


Required Education, Certifications/ Licenses, Related Experience  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Merchandising or related field
  • 3 - 5 years of experience in related field required or successful completion of Lidl's Junior Buyer Training Program


Preferred Education, Certifications/ Licenses, Related Experience

  • 6 months of experience within Lidl Purchasing department


Physical Job Requirements

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced working environment, including the store(s), distribution center(s), warehouse(s), and/or corporate office(s) with the capability to switch job functions/roles quickly
  • Ability to work in situations that involve prolonged sitting, standing, walking, squatting and/or bending more than half the time
  • Ability to maneuver cases of product (lift, move, carry, slide, etc.) up to 50 lbs. and reach above head to heights greater than 10 inches frequently in accordance with safety regulations
  • Ability to operate equipment that requires the constant use of hands/fingers/wrists more than half the time
  • Ability to spend more than half the time viewing computer monitors
  • Ability to identify and distinguish between colors more than half the time


Travel Requirements

  • This position commutes between stores, regional offices and/or distribution centers less than 25% of the time
  • This position requires overnight domestic travel less than 25% of the time
  • This position requires overnight international travel less than 25% of the time
  • Anticipated travel will be by car, air, and/or train

Lidl US, LLC & Affiliates provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to, including but not limited to, race, sex, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Arlington, Virginia (VA), US, 22202

Job Type:  Full Time
Reference Number:  21944

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