Manager in the picture

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.

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