Category Buyer (Outdoor)

Category Buyer (Outdoor)
  • Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Full Time - Fixed
  • £40,000 to £60,000
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About the role

Category Buyer (Outdoor)

12 Month Fixed Term Contract

£40,000 - £60,000 per annum + Car + Bonus + Pension + BUPA + ShareSave + 6.6 weeks holiday

Southampton, Store Support Office

We believe anyone can improve their home to make life better. From our Southampton Store Support office (SSO) we equip our stores, our people, and our whole business with everything it takes to help our millions of customers create a home they’ll love. Join us as a Category Buyer and you’ll be a big part of this.

Key responsibilities

In this role, you will drive performance and ensure the vendors and the team, in collaboration with Category Market teams, perform at their best, to bring the best products, prices and innovation to our customers, as well as delivering the B&Q vendor contributions expectations. You will be accountable for the performance of specific categories and markets.


  • Create a vendor level strategy to support the Category Strategy through vendor benchmarking / qualification.
  • Responsible for managing, maintaining, and developing Branded Vendor Relationships.
  • Negotiate contracts, contributions and cost prices and be accountable for the delivery of B&Q rebates, through (for example): maintaining and creating new contracts; negotiating improved contractual terms.
  • Keep up to date with market news (economy, consumer and product trends, competitors, NPD, etc) to understand broader impacts on cost prices.
  • Manage the sourcing of non-branded products, including creating product briefs and analysing quotations.
  • Ensure effective regular project meetings are completed, co-creating a calendar of critical milestones and support delivery in-line with RACI, enabling cross-functional collaboration.
  • Be accountable for the collection, completeness, and quality of data to support product and vendor set-up and maintenance.

Required Skills & Experience

Essential experience/skills:

  • As this sits within the Outdoor category we are looking for someone with specialist experience, particularly in categories of garden chemicals, fertilisers, enrichment and watering categories.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing and product development process
  • Prior buying experience, preferably within a garden centre, supermarket or diy retailer.

We are looking for somebody who has/is:

  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills with strong stakeholder management, who can optimise relationships and their network.
  • Analytically minded with sound commercial acumen, financially confident and understands cost drivers
  • Organised, calm under pressure and resilient. Able to positively challenge, problem solve and seek continuous improvement.
  • A strong leader and team player, able to bring their team along with them to achieve a common goal.
  • Experience in vendor management and market and product knowledge.
  • Proficient with all Microsoft office packages.

Career Progression

We want to ensure that all employees, future employees and applicants to all Kingfisher companies are treated equally regardless of age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, colour, ethnic or national origin, culture, religious belief, philosophical belief, political opinion, disability, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. 

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Learn & Develop at B&Q

When you join B&Q, we want you to be all you can be. From the minute you walk through our doors to the exciting moment you make that next career move, we're here to help you make the most of every opportunity. Thanks to our friendly learning system, Mylo, we make sure you always have the support you need to take on every challenge and fit your learning around your life. Here, we know that the best way to grow is together. 

Flexible learning with Mylo

Mylo is your every day, on the go learning and development partner. Helping you build the knowledge you need now and in the future. With Mylo, you can access training and content, anywhere, anytime and on any device. You can even influence the type of training on offer by rating and recommending content, and letting us know what we can do to improve. Award-winning and featuring over 150 different learning activities - like short videos, articles, workshops and webinars - think of Mylo as your 24/7 training pal, designed to help you make the most of your B&Q career journey.

Developing in role

Learning never stops at B&Q. Whether you've been in your role for one day or five years, there's always something to be curious about. It's why we're always creating learning opportunities and experiences that'll give you the chance to develop your skills. Like our First Line Manager programme: a course that helps our newest line managers build their confidence and management skills. Or our Leadership Development programme that challenges our more experienced leaders to reflect on and adapt their approach for our ever-evolving ways of working.

Building expertise and know-how

We believe anyone can learn the technical skills to do their job with excellence. It's all about attitude and behaviour here. So, if you're passionate about customer service and design, we'll teach you how to create beautiful kitchens. If you're someone who loves being outdoors, we'll help you learn about our garden ranges. And, if you're someone who just loves what we do but doesn't know where to start, we'll help you find the perfect role for you to grow into. 

Accelerated Development Talent Programmes

Whatever goal you're working to at B&Q, we want to help you get there. We do this by designing a number of programmes which help you to practice your skills and learn new ones, gain valuable experiences, learn from others and jump on opportunities that are right for you. From leaders taking their first steps into management to those simply looking for a new challenge, we're there to make sure you achieve your ambitions.


At B&Q, we want every new colleague to understand our values, our customers, and how we work together to achieve our purpose. That’s why we’ve designed an induction programme that’ll give you real insight into our business, our culture and help you feel included from day one. For your first few weeks on the job you’ll work with your team and line manager, mixing online learning with practical tasks, to grow your knowledge a little every day.


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In B&Q house, you’ll enjoy an onsite gym, a subsidised Costa, a canteen and restaurant, prayer room, plus open plan and cosy work spaces, an outdoor picnic area, and bike sheds for those who cycle in.


B&Q House has a biomass boiler, solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system. Our building also makes use of upcycled and recycled furniture and fittings, and features natural ventilation, heat retention and CO2 management, all via our very own weather station on the roof.

COVID-19 safety measures

At B&Q House we've made lots of changes to ensure we're ready for our colleagues to work safely. Watch our video to find out more.

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Why Commercial & Buying at B&Q?

We want every visit to every one of our stores to be the start of something big for our customers. So, to go with the excellent service, our Commercial & Buying colleagues offer our customers a product range that ignites their imagination and kits them out with everything they need to tackle their boldest projects. 

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Category Buyer (Outdoor)

  • Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Full Time - Fixed
  • £40,000 to £60,000