Trading

We think innovatively to provide our customers with quality products at great value and fresh, tasty food from all over the world.

Fresh thinking

We love talking to suppliers about their products and going out into the field (not to mention factories, vineyards and more) to see and taste what we’re buying for ourselves.

At Morrisons, we’re refreshingly different. The UK’s 2nd largest food manufacturer and most integrated food retailer, we’ve our own bakery, cooked meat factory, cheese packaging facilities, fish processing plants and more.

Source of expertise

Our team of 340 people decide what we sell and at what price. We negotiate deals with suppliers. We listen to what brands and products our customers want. And we look for the best local produce while tracking down products around the world to meet changing tastes.

Own brands. Value brands. Global brands. We take great pride in them all. We also offer you the chance to specialise whether fashion, fruit or frozen food is your passion.

Why trade-up?

We’re multi-award winning. We were named Supermarket of the Year 2018 and retailer of the year for international wine and meat & fish. We prepare more food in our stores than any other UK retailer. And we also have more in-store Butchers, Fishmongers and Bakers than our competitors. Put simply, we’re as passionate about providing good quality products as you are.

Awards

We love it when the talent and hard work of our team is recognised. So, we’re very proud to have picked up these awards:

  • National Café Chain of the Year 2016
  • Best in-store Bakery Retailer of the Year 2016
  • Supermarket of the Year - International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards 2016
  • Most Sustainable Retailer of the Year - Retail Industry Awards 2015
  • Meat and Fish Retailer of the Year 2016
  • Cheddar cheese Retailer of the Year 2016
  • Named Britain’s best supermarket of 2018
     
  • Fresh

    We provide the freshest of food from fruit, vegetables, seafood and sandwiches to freshly baked bread, cakes, eggs, prepared meals and meat and poultry. And our team doesn’t stop there – our Fresh experts are also behind our plants and gardening products, as well as the fare at Morrisons cafes. 

  • Ambient

    We source all kinds of ranges for our shelves from sauces, sweets and cans of food to wines, pet food and beauty and household products.

  • Market Street

    Supporting Market Street projects and operations, we set out the model, pick ranges, create specifications and oversee new trials and department layouts. We’re in the thick of it all, coaching, advising and helping to co-ordinate everything from TV shoots to new department launches.

    Making food is at the heart of what we do. We’re the UK’s 2nd largest fresh food manufacturer and prepare more fresh food in store than any other supermarket.

    We play a useful, thoughtful and important role in society. We look after our customers who look after themselves, their friends and family. We ensure quality at every stage from farm to fork by sourcing, producing, transporting, preparing, making, displaying, selling, serving and helping our customers choose quality food at great value.

  • Trading Support

    Our highly capable helpdesk is there to assist our trading team. Our Buying Assistants also provide extra support. Balancing commercial, operational and customer needs, they work with colleagues across our business, providing all kinds of support from admin and invoicing to communications and solving queries.

    Promotions

    We manage all of our promotions from start to finish. Using our promotional planning tool, we deliver over 4,500 promotions, coaching and working with our colleagues in trading to make sure promotions are delivered accurately and on time. Also managing price changes and signage, we constantly look to do things even better and provide trading support 24/7.

  • Home & Leisure

    Staying ahead of the latest trends we source, develop and buy quality products at great value. Based in Bradford and Hong Kong, we’re passionate about finding and supplying bespoke, own-label products our customers will love and won’t find anywhere else. Working up to a year in advance, we take great pride in helping our customers to celebrate seasonal events and provide products for their homes and gardens. We offer a variety of careers in buying, trade planning, supply, trends, design and import.

  • Nutmeg

    By sourcing trend-led clothing that’s designed for life, the team at Nutmeg has helped to create a seriously successful business. Cool kids’ clothes, adult essentials, the latest in women’s fashion: the team makes sure that customers get quality, choice and, of course, good value.

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TYPICAL ROLES

Head of buying

Leading a team of senior buying managers and buying managers, our heads of buying manage multiple complex categories and large budgets. This lead role within our trading team involves developing our teams, supply base and wider business.

Deputising for the category director, you’ll provide our customers with products they want to buy to drive sales, profits, margin and market share across your category today and tomorrow.

Buyer

Experts in their category, our buyers develop a great understanding of products in their category and provide our customers with products they want to buy to drive sales, profits, margin and market share over the next 12 months. This involves building strong relationships with suppliers and colleagues to ensure quality and quickly resolve any issues. 

Senior buying manager

Our senior buying managers understand what products our customers want and make sure we can always provide them in our stores at competitive prices. Focusing on costs at all times and negotiating skilfully to minimise spend, they ensure our product pricing and promotions deliver great value while driving profits and growth across their category.

Join us in this role and you’ll work closely with our suppliers, customers and store teams to fully understand our unique approach to our customers, costs and products. You’ll also get to know our local markets to give our customers what they want and make sure they enjoy shopping with us.

Buying assistant

Putting our customers at the heart of everything they do, our buying assistants make things simpler for our colleagues by providing our buying teams with wide-ranging administrative support. Join us in this role and you’ll help to make sure that the right information is available in the right place at the right time, so effective buying decisions can be made.

CAREER STORIES

Helen - Head of trading - café

“Finding solutions to problems by asking lots of questions and being opened-minded about opportunities have really helped in my career.”

“In 2011, I joined Morrisons, as a buying manager in the household team. After a few years, I moved on to core grocery as a category manager, managing a team that bought a mix of products including sugar, tea, coffee, cereals, biscuits, crisps, home baking and free-from. When I returned from maternity leave, I joined the frozen team as a senior buying manager and not long after, I was given the opportunity to join the café team as head of trading.

The varied categories and development projects, and then the move into a mixed buying and operational role within café, have challenged me to apply the skills and behaviours I’ve learned throughout my career to new and different situations. I’ve particularly enjoyed developing trainees and graduates in the same way many people supported and coached me through my early career. Being brave enough to take a chance on something new has benefited me in terms of career progression and led to various jobs I enjoy and I develop in every day.”

CAREER STORIES

Tessa - Head of trading - food to go & counters

“I’ve enjoyed a wide range of roles on my journey from graduate to head of trading.”

“I started on the trading graduate scheme in 2011. Throughout my 18 months on the scheme I bought a wide range of products from garlic bread to baby food to books. When I finished the scheme, I became soft drinks buying manager for seven months, which gave me great experience of dealing with large branded suppliers. From this I moved to biscuits where I focused on creating and delivering a three-year strategy for the category.

I then decided I wanted to move to the fresh side of our business to gain experience working with our manufacturing sites and Market Street teams. So, I became a buying manager for pies and pastries and our pie shop. I was then promoted to senior buying manager and took on the extra responsibility of the oven fresh department. I’m now head of trading for food to go and our Market Street counters in store.”

CAREER STORIES

Keith - Category director - frozen food

“Much of the support I’ve received throughout my years here, has been ‘on-the-job’, working with and learning from some of the great traders who have made Morrisons what it is today”

“I joined Morrisons in 1983 while studying for my A-levels at school. I worked in our Hunslet store two nights a week. Over the next 20 years I worked my way up in trading to stock controller, assistant buyer, buyer, senior buyer and then trading manager. Throughout this time, our business constantly evolved from being a small local retailer with less than 40 shops to a leading supermarket with the acquisition of Safeway.

In 2006, I moved from my trading role to broaden my experience. I initially worked with IT on the evolve project before heading up our price and promotions team. I then worked on format development before becoming category director for our convenience stores. In 2015, I moved back into a category role as category director for frozen foods. While I didn’t go to university after school to follow my chosen career, Morrisons sponsored my two-year business management postgraduate course at Bradford University. As well as my day-to-day trading role, I’m now the leadership sponsor for our commercial graduate scheme, leading the coaching and development of our future traders.”

CAREER STORIES

James - Category director - seafood & eggs

“Morrisons has fully supported me throughout my career to help me get me where I am today. I’ve had hands on experience of different areas of our business, gone on courses tailored to my needs and been pushed out of my comfort zone at times to help me achieve my goals.”

“I joined Morrisons around 24 years ago after working as a quantity surveyor, which included some buying. I quickly became a trainee buyer for potatoes, carrots and onions. After learning all about the role, I got promoted to a buyer. I was here when Morrisons bought Safeway’s and our store count went from just over 100 to nearly 600 overnight! I worked in many areas of produce, including fruit, vegetables, flowers, salads and rice, eventually becoming a trading manager for produce. During this time Morrisons added a number of suppliers to our manufacturing operations and I helped to integrate them into our business.

Today I’m category director for seafood and eggs, and look after our seafood manufacturing sites. I’ve gained lots of experiences and knowledge in my different roles over the years. On my journey I’ve developed the buying, negotiation and analytical skills that have helped me get to where I am today.”

“I don’t think there are many businesses that would give me this opportunity and experience, especially at my age and at this relatively early stage in my career.”

Simon - Head of trading ready meals

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