Category Buyer - Fresh Produce

 Coles Supermarkets  Hawthorn East 

Requisition ID: 39621 

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 the 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.


To understand our merchandise business, we need to understand our customers. That’s why you’ll find us working across all business units at Coles Supermarkets, Liquor and Express. Supermarkets is one of the largest teams at Coles, but we’re a close-knit group that come from all over the world. We’re passionate about working at the forefront of merchandising and making sure our customers have quality products at the right price.


About the role

As a Category Buyer for our Fresh Produce team, you will provide assistance and effective support to the Category Manager, State Buyers, stores and suppliers.


What you’ll be doing


Delivering strategic plans, managing financials and decision making to provide support with the National and State teams in-order to provide stores with the ability to achieve and exceed targets with a customer focus.


You’ll also:

  • Work and negotiate with suppliers to develop a high standard of quality, service and mutual benefits to both Coles and the suppliers.
  • Organize and manage stock to ensure store availability is met.
  • Manage and develop promotional and commitment programs.
  • Maintain a customer focus whilst problem solving and managing quality rejections.


Good things you’ll need

  • Good knowledge of the Fresh produce industry.
  • Current experience in Buying.
  • Experience in and an understanding of retail management.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to do so across a variety of stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Strong problem solving and innovative thinking skills.



Why Coles?
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.

Coles Group is an endorsed employer for all women. See our range of benefits and policies directly at WORK180: Coles Group – Work180 Endorsed Employer

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.

We’d love to meet you
If you have the skills, experience and motivation to succeed in this role, please take the next step and submit your application.