Job title: Group trading manager
Date you joined the company: 2005
Previous employers/roles: Depot buyer, Parfetts Stockport branch. CTN amp; licensed portfolios
Responsible for: Ambient grocery, chilled foods, frozen foods, bread amp; cakes, catering and pet food
Leisure time: With my partner Hannah and friends, at the gym and on the golf course, weather permitting
Your greatest achievement in your current role? Successfully completing a six-month secondment from a depot buying role to becoming full time group trading manager at the end Jan 2012
One piece of advice to help suppliers succeed with you: Have regular head office meetings – preferably every 4 to 8 weeks. Do not negotiate for negotiations sake. Offer trading terms that are realistic and meaningful to both parties
Best current promotion: Lifestyle Value Range
My vote for the best current/recent TV/Press advertising is: Current: Oxo in a tube advert ‘Blimey! You’ve done well there’.
Recent: Old Spice ‘The man your man could smell like’
Best new product launch in the past year is: LSV Isotonic Blue
Gripe of the month: Suppliers moving from off invoice discount to sales out retrospective payment. Suppliers unable to meet demand on NPD.