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Head of Merchandise Strategy & Supplier Development
Requisition ID: 19130
Employment Type: Full time
Good things start here
This could be the very first step towards an exciting new career with us – a fresh beginning. At Coles Group, these are moments we live for.
Starting good things is what drives our purpose: to sustainably feed all Australians so they can lead healthier, happier lives. With a team of 120,000 people and an iconic portfolio of Australia’s most trusted brands, we’re perfectly positioned to turn a promising start into a whole lot more.
With three iconic brands (First Choice, Liquorland and Vintage Cellars)
to our name, our Liquor team is well on its way to becoming Australia’s favourite drinks retailer, serving up everything from premium wines and craft beers, to spirits from local distilleries. We’re passionate about understanding what our customers enjoy, and have people working across supply chain, marketing, finance and strategy to make this happen.
About the role
Reporting into the General Manager for Merchandise, this multi-faceted leadership role will be accountable for leading the evolution and differentiation of our range, accelerating the growth of exclusive and own brands, managing strategic supply relationships, supporting the development of category strategies and governing cost management.
You will be an expert at simplifying the complex and will create plans that are implemented seamlessly. Presenting to our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) on a regular basis, you will be a seasoned influencer with exceptional stakeholder management skills.
What you’ll be doing
On a day to day basis you will lead a large and diverse team to deliver the Merchandise strategy and transformation program, solving challenges and driving change, engaging across the buying floor and critical functions within the Coles Liquor group.
Lead the Range and Space team to differentiate our product ranges and grow sales; Govern the exclusive and own brand product development processes to hit financial targets; Work with our suppliers to simplify trading terms, build joint business plans and deliver investment for growth; Manage the category strategy development and cost management processes; Build capability across the buying team through the development of our Buyer Academy.
Good things you’ll need
Pragmatic and commercial leadership skills with proven experience within the merchandise function and/or within a complex, fast paced retail environment
You’ll also need
Capacity to innovate and solve problems swiftly, with the ability to influence outcomes and drive change at all levels Strong analytical skills and commercial acumen Ability to design and implement strategic change programs Exceptional stakeholder management skills across all levels including to CEOs and executive leadership teams Ability to build and lead a high performing team
We’re committed to making this a great place to work, from day one. From flexible working arrangements to discounts across all our internal brands (including 5% off at Coles supermarkets!), there are plenty of reasons to love working here. Explore all this and more at our Coles Careers website.
For everyone who shares our passion
We encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability. We’re happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs – so reach out to us at www.careers.colesgroup.com.au ( Careers for everyone ( Disability employment.
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