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Job Summary

In Musgrave, we support thousands of retail and foodservice family businesses. Every day we feed one in three people in Ireland through 11 marketing-leading food and beverage brands that include SuperValu, Centra, Daybreak, Mace and Musgrave MarketPlace. At Musgrave our values and purpose challenge and inspire us to do the right thing, with a focus on practicing good, fair and honest business, a commitment to profit with purpose and working relentlessly to innovate and lead the way in our market.

The remit of our buying teams is to ensure we have the right products, at the right price and at the right time for our customers. Our buying teams are key stakeholders in our supplier relationship model and are responsible for delivering competitive offers through professional, competitive and efficient buying processes, controls and performance. Our brands are successful because they meet the changing needs of today’s shoppers and are developed in collaboration with outstanding local entrepreneurs based in the communities they serve.

Our Buying teams work closely with internal stakeholders in Marketing, Sales, Own Brand Development and Supply Chain in ensuring the right product range is available, delivering competitive promotions to drive sales and innovating to meet the needs of our customers and upcoming trends. They also work with our retail partners, foodservice customers and use customer insights data to provide the best solutions. Our Buying (Trading) Graduate Programme is a key commercial talent pipeline for us to grow our own talented buyers.

We are looking for emerging talent with a passion for business, food, and customer experience. The purpose of this role is to hone your commercial, negotiating and influencing skills to meet the commercial needs of our customers and our business. Our Programme has proven to be highly successful at developing our commercial talent with former graduates progressing to senior roles in the business.

This is an excellent opportunity for graduates with a keen interest in the food and beverage retail/wholesale industry and who are results-driven, commercially focused and with a desire to drive business performance. The scope of the Buying (Trading) Graduate role comprises of a two-year experiential development programme. To support your commercial development and business knowledge, you will work in at least two different buying teams across Cork, Dublin or Belfast over the course of the Programme. The Programme will provide you with wide experience across retail and wholesale brands and buying for different market requirements.

Key Activities

Depending on the rotation, activities and responsibilities may vary depending on the relevant market and portfolios. The key activities across the business include:

  • Supporting and learning the management of the portfolio product range, product quality and category plans to ensure that it reflects both market and consumer trends.
  • Managing the sourcing and introduction of own label product in conjunction with the product development teams.
  • With the support of the Buying Manager, negotiating the total purchase cost of products for Musgrave and our Retail Partners for the relevant portfolios.
  • Developing excellent long-term relationships with key stakeholders including suppliers, retail partners and foodservice customers. Retailer/supplier/site visits as required.
  • Assess market and competitor trends in your product area and manage the product range to capitalise on/counteract trends.
  • Price positioning: assess current pricing and margin performance, review competitor price positioning and look to maximise retailer margins and competitive position within the market. Promotion planning: plan events and promotions as per event calendar and brief, communicate to suppliers and review proposals to ensure they meet stated criteria. Conduct post promotional analysis. Brief suppliers on promotional requirements, review proposals and negotiate improvements to offers.
  • Profitability: Learn to design and deliver compelling shopper / consumer propositions that are operationally efficient, commercially successful, and which deliver optimum End to End profitability for Musgrave and our Retail / Foodservice partners.
  • Performance Management: Learn to take accountability for the delivery of Sales, Margin, and Income metrics
  • Work with Buying Manager on development & implementation of joint business plans with key suppliers
  • Managing supplier service levels/availability
  • Develop strong cross functional working relationships with key stakeholders including sales, marketing, operations and finance promoting a strong customer focused offer at all times.
  • Support project development and rollout within the category.
  • Administrative activities linked to accurate maintenance of product/pricing files, promotional handbills, etc.
  • Participation in the Musgrave/Irish Management Institute Graduate Development Programme


Cork, Dublin, and Belfast

You will work in at least two different buying teams across Cork, Dublin, or Belfast over the course of the Programme and will be required to be flexible to move locations.

This is a hybrid role with time spent in the office for connecting, collaborating, innovating, and learning, with the flexibility for remote working. Time in the office will vary by team, typically it is 2 days a week with the remainder of the time spent remote working.


Starting salary is €29,000 and increases to €31,500 after 12 months subject to performance. Your salary when moving into a role on completion of the Programme will be commensurate with the market and experience.


23 days per annum


  • Award-winning development programme
  • Hybrid working
  • Home office equipment (desk/chair/IT hardware)
  • Digital Doctor service
  • Health and Wellbeing programmes
  • Confidential Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee discount for Musgrave MarketPlace
  • Subsidised canteens on-site
  • Free parking

Start date details

This opportunity is for the 2022 Graduate Programme and successful candidates will start on the 29th August 2022.

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