What advice would you give someone applying for your role?
Firstly, Research the role and understand what you want to get out of it. Do not be afraid to be yourself and challenge the accepted norms, always ask questions and seek advice/answers from others around you.
What has been your biggest challenge?
As a buyer, you are looking after a range of products, so you need to ensure you understand the details of each item as you will be asked to make decisions on them very early on in your role.
Where has your experience exceeded your expectations?
Within my first role, I spent a lot of time travelling to different countries for meetings, such as visiting Budapest to meet an Energy Drinks Supplier. Also I was given key commercial responsibilities very early on i.e. holding meetings with some of Europe’s biggest sugar suppliers, negotiating cost’s and presenting customer focused initiatives to senior members of the business.
What have you enjoyed most about your role?
Being given ownership and responsibility for a buying area from day one and accountability to make decisions. Also, the exposure to different areas of the business and not just the buying team, for example working closely with the marketing and commodities team.
What is the best training that you have attended?
Introduction to Leadership (year2) – a really interesting and insightful course.
Do you have a support network, being on an early careers programme?
Yes – the Early Careers programme manager, I found very supportive throughout my graduate scheme. I also have access to a mentor and buddy, which is great.