Buyer (Wine Jobs: Sales & Marketing)

Full Time

  Majestic Wine Warehouses Ltd.

  London, England

Are you a dynamic individual who wants to grow and develop in a company that's revolutionising retail?

Are you commercially focused with strong negotiating skills?

Do you have experience Buying Wine and/or Beer and/or Spirits?

If you have answered yes to these questions, Majestic Wine would be delighted to hear from you!

We are currently looking to recruit a progressive, detail oriented and experienced Buyer to join our dynamic forward-thinking team. As a Buyer you enjoy sourcing great wines, beers and/or Spirits from multiple suppliers and minimising the cost to bring those products to market and selling better. You will play a vital part driving sales, profit and innovation.

Who are we?

Majestic Wine is the UK’s leading specialist wine retailer. Majestic was founded in 1980 and, alongside its Commercial and French divisions, had a turnover of over £300m last financial year.

Alongside strong growth in multi-channel sales, Majestic believe there is still a key role a retailer that is loved by customers and loved by suppliers.  We pride ourselves on our enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly people, who, working as part of a close-knit team deliver exceptional customer service in a vibrant and fast-paced retail environment.  More information can be found at   

In August 2019 Majestic announced it will be continuing its story under new private ownership and was purchased by US investment firm - Fortress. The sale included the Majestic brand, stores, website, Commercial and French division. 

Fortress are now backing the vision for the future of Majestic and they see a lot of headroom for growth. The investment group pointed to Majestic’s ‘strong cross channel journey, expert staff and widespread brand affection’ when deciding to buy the business from its PLC status.

Keen to take a look at what it's like to work at our Support Centre, click here.

The Role

To drive competitive advantage and sustainable profit growth through selecting products, negotiating cost prices, volumes, reserves and marketing funding, and managing relationships with suppliers for specified product categories.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and document a product strategy for each of your responsible categories.
  • Display an entrepreneurial approach to the selection of new products, and manage our exit from delisted products to ensure the range conforms to agreed parameters.
  • Ensure that buying decisions are customer-focused, and product selection is undertaken with appropriate consideration for equivalent products in competitors.
  • Responsible for cost price, contribution and all other negotiations with suppliers for your products.
  • Ensure that any new suppliers conform to our expected standards and practices.
  • Manage a programme of price promotional activity across responsible categories – ensuring it meets company policy/procedure.
  • Manage gross margin to ensure promotions maximise cash profitability.
  • Ensure sales and promotional forecasts are sound and accurate.
  • All aspects of product communication – the better you sell your products internally, the better they will sell to customers.
  • Take a full part in any team training and development activities that may be held.
  • Ensure all buying is conducted according to Majestic’s ethical standards and in a professional way.

Knowledge & Skills Required:

  • Commercially focused/strong negotiating skills
  • The ideal candidate will have 5+ years’ experience as Buyer working within a FMCG/Retail industry.
  • Strong experience Buying Wine and/or Beer and/or Spirits
  • Product Development and Sourcing
  • Able and willing to undertake international travel.
  • Highly numerate and able to process complex commercial scenarios quickly.
  • Able to influence and develop true ‘partnership’ relationships quickly and effectively.
  • Confident presentation and communication skills.
  • Empathetic and flexible in style- able to accommodate differing styles and attitudes and adjust approach


  • A competitive salary based on your experience
  • 20% discount on wine
  • Performance related bonus
  • Life assurance 3x your salary
  • Free lunch provided each day
  • Free parking on site
  • Contributory pension
  • An unparalleled fun company culture that's focused on empowering and developing our employees. 

Job Specifics:

  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Location: Our Head Office is based in Watford, just 20 minutes from London Euston. From Watford Junction, we are a 15-minute walk to our Head Office. Taxi's are provided to the station. 

We welcome all experienced Wine / Beer / Spirits buyers with 5+ years’ experience from a Retail Environment.

We’re fast-paced, we’re entrepreneurial, we’re creative, we’re dynamic, we’re energetic and we’d love to hear from you.

No agencies please.

Closing Date: 05/03/2020

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