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Buyer / Category Manager

Prague, Czech Republic
April 10, 2016

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Matthew Winters

Address: Flat *, * Hillcrest Road, Ealing, W5 2AY

Tel: 077******** Email:

Commercially minded buyer /category manager, who is adept in buying functions, category management & procurement. Developed skills in supplier negotiation, purchase order process, relationship building, forecasting and reporting. Previous experiences gained from a variety of retailers both from an in store and head office environment.

Employment history

Buyer / Category Manager – Dixons Carphone

November 2013 – Present

Acting as the first point of contact for all supplier queries, selecting supplier base and negotiating terms and cost prices, Six months personal responsibility for the microwaves category which included range selection process and culminated in the largest growth categories YoY within White Goods. Day to day responsibilities include; achieving ongoing sales and margin targets; negotiating with suppliers for product support, market beating deals and additional income; communicating and liaising with various internal departments; analysing market data and sales data to further understand market position; forecasting line level to ensure products are well stocked both on and off promotion; reviewing competitors range architecture and daily price movements; review of daily reports to achieve category targets.

Graduate Commercial Manager - Marks and Spencer

August 2011 – September 2013

Working on the M&S graduate scheme I spent time in a variety of roles including retail management, operations management, finance and buying. The majority of my time I spent in store and was responsible for managing a team in excess of twenty people to help drive sales and deliver first class customer service. Review bestselling and slow selling lines with section managers to ensure we are maximising our performance. Biggest achievement was managing the menswear department for the whole of Christmas where my department was the 4th biggest in the company over the Christmas weekend.

General Assistant / Temporary Supervisor - B&Q

March 2010 – August 2010

Temporary role whilst studying at university.


BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development (First Class): 2008 – 2011

Southampton Solent University

2 A-Levels and 1 Btec National Certificate, Luton Sixth Form College, Luton, 2008

Business Studies: C, Accounting: D, Business Finance: Distinction

8 GCSE’s: A – C grades, Lealands High School, Luton, 2006

Computing: Excellent knowledge of all Microsoft applications including Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Good knowledge of Business Objects and basic understanding of SAP.

Driving: Full current clean driving licence.

Courses: Intensive negotiation training. Managing through people.


Available upon request

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