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Junior Buyer

Tropic is proud to be a multi award-winning brand with a range of ground-breaking skincare and beauty products, freshly made in the UK using the most innovative and effective ingredients nature has to offer. Co-owned by founder and CEO Susie Ma and Lord Alan Sugar, Tropic has been named one of The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 companies for five years in a row and continues to grow from strength to strength.

We are passionate about creating beauty with a conscience. Certified Vegan, Cruelty Free, Carbon Neutral and with an inherent focus on driving our Infinite Purpose, we strive to be a force for good beyond beauty in everything we do to create a healthier, greener, more empowered world. We pride ourselves on the care and wellbeing of our staff and you will be joining a fast-paced, vibrant workplace with lots of opportunity to grow and develop your skills.

We are currently recruiting for a Buyer or Junior Buyer to assist our procurement team in the NPD process. This is a new role within Tropic and will concentrate on buying packaging and accessories from suppliers, mainly in the Far East. It will be your remit to develop and strengthen existing supplier relationships and to source a wider supply base. You will work with suppliers and different departments from the initial concept through to final production: sample development, component sourcing, technical testing, artwork, and purchase order processing. You must have experience of sourcing from China and at least 2 years FMCG buying experience, ideally in packaging. This role is perfect for someone who boasts experience in New Product Development and is used to working with an ERP system, as well as someone who is ambitious, super organised, creative, analytical and a confident communicator. 

The job responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

• Building effective relationships with colleagues, suppliers, and directors

• Product Development: assisting NPD through the sourcing process and working alongside the Design Team on new products

• Researching and maintaining awareness of health and beauty market trends, products and ranges

• Competitive shopping and monitoring of market changes

• Keeping engaged with potential new suppliers and emerging trends

• Sampling: arranging and co-ordinating samples with the suppliers. Co-ordinating delivery of all components for samples. Collating product detail information samples. Managing the approval process for components and packaging. Providing feedback to suppliers on initial, pre-production and production samples

• Providing information and specifications to achieve accurate quotations

• Sourcing and negotiating with existing and new suppliers, challenging prices where relevant

• Requesting different quotations and collating prices and quotations

• Maximising profitability and minimising risk to the business, ensuring that new launch product costs are optimised and that product development purchases are aligned with business strategy

• Ensuring supplies adhere to quality, service and Tropic best practise initiatives

• Establishing and monitoring information sources/data, calculating prices to ensure accurate business forecasting, and supporting the Product Development Teams and costing processes

• Participating with the Supply Chain & NPD teams on any ad hoc projects as required by the business


The ideal candidate will have:

• Degree calibre

• Competence with Microsoft packages, including CRM, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and overall IT skills

• Project management experience with a proactive, flexible and organised personality

• Strong numerical skills

• Strong relationship/communication skills

• Minimum 2 years of purchasing and product development experience within packaging/cosmetics


Other information:

· Full time role: 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

· Office is conveniently located just 3 minutes’ walk from Beddington Lane Tram stop, which is connected to East Croydon and Wimbledon - both 20 minutes away

· Position is available immediately

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