£53.485k - £77.87k

Job Type

Full Time




ContractType: Permanent

By knowing the market inside and out, you'll help to manage the buying vision and challenge us to achieve ever-greater things.

You'll make sure we deliver on our promise to customers by helping to secure exciting products at the best price. In fact, you'll set the bar high in retailing. Our buying teams - if it's possible - have to move even quicker than the rest of the business. And they have to keep ahead of our customers too: second-guessing what they want and need before they do. You're a skilled Buyer with a great supplier network with the ability to influence and manage others.

Buying Manager - Specials

Role: Buying Manager - Specials
Contract: Permanent
Working Hours: Monday - Friday, 50 hours per week
Salary: £53,485 rising to £77,870

Role Overview:

Would you like to work for one of the largest growing supermarkets in the UK? Aldi is always looking forward and our growth means that if you would like to join us in the future, we are now building our Talent Pool ready for when a position becomes available at our Head Office in Atherstone. We’re now searching for a talented Buying Manager who would like to be considered for an exciting future opportunity within the business

Reporting to one of our Specialbuys Buying Directors, and leading a small team of Buying Assistants, the successful candidate will help to drive Specials sales, profitability and innovation through effective leadership, analytical skills and passion for product.

Responsibilities will include:

• Meeting, managing, assessing, engaging and motivating suppliers
• Developing and proposing exciting, relevant and evolving themes and products
• Follow market trends to refresh, maintain and increase customer interest and engagement with Specialbuy range
• Produce timely and accurate business forecasts, plans and recommendations to enable targets to be met, and to make further decisions based on key drivers
• Identify, assess and monitor additional information/data which could be used in decision making
• Plan, prepare and carry out negotiations across a number of products simultaneously
• Prepare presentations for both internal and external use, taking into account market information, product performance and commercial considerations
• Provide assistance to the Specialbuys Director on existing and future ranges
• Utilise the knowledge and initiative of employees, following the principles of the Aldi Management System

Skills and Qualifications

• 2:1 Degree
• Maths GCSE
• Significant retail buying experience - Non-Food preferable
• Preferred candidates would need to have demonstrated the expected levels of aptitude, motivation and performance within their existing role to date
• Effective leadership, motivation and people management
• A self-starter with the ability to prioritise duties among multiple concurrent projects
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to plan ahead to meet deadlines with a high level of personal organisation
• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
• Strong communication skills with ability to take complex information and deliver in a simplified manner across many levels of a business
• Delivery of concise and articulate, executive-level written work
• A good sense of urgency and adaptability under pressure
• Intellectually curious and takes initiative
• Influential, Natural leader,
• Dynamic, Diligent, Consistent
• Seeking responsibility


• Significant management experience
• Previous experience in supplier management and negotiation
• Previous experience in strategic category management
• An interest in Specials, specifically

About the Company



We’re bursting with pride here at Aldi. We’re one of the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket chains, and we’ve opened the doors to over 900 stores with plans to have 1,200 stores by 2025. Aldi is a multi-award-winning employer, offering one of the best working environments in the UK and competitive rates of pay in the supermarket sector. It’s a success that’s down to our ability to offer quality products at low prices. But, without the hard work and commitment of our people, it would be a very different story. We’re renowned for our competitive pay and benefits, and our fantastic training programmes. So many of our 36,000 people have fallen in love with our ethos, the way we do business, and everything we stand for.

Company Size

10,000 employees or more