Conviviality Retail launches Future Buyers Programme

10 August, 2016

Conviviality Retail has launched its first ever two-year Future Buyers Programme as part of its strategy to expand its wine buying team and invest in future talent.

The programme, which will initially have four places available, will be structured in modules as a mixture of experiential learning, structured training, coaching and work-based assignments.

The company is offering the four successful candidates a graduate salary of £20,000 per year, rising to £25,000 as they progress through the two-year programme. In addition they will benefit from a company bonus of up to 10%, healthcare and pension contributions.

Kenton Burchell, commercial director for Conviviality Retail (Bargain Booze and Wine Rack) told OLN the programme will include: “working in all areas of the commercial function over two years to understand the end to end process of buying and develop the necessary skills to be a future buyer with Conviviality Plc”.

He added: “This is a very exciting time for Conviviality, having grown our business exponentially during the past year, creating a unique business spanning on an off-trade. Our retail division, Conviviality Retail, continues to grow and evolve our proposition at pace, providing a real point of difference in the convenience sector.

“Our award winning buying team continues to work closely with our Supplier partners and innovate to establish a market leading proposition. We recognise the need to not only expand our buying team to support our growth and innovation programme, but also provide opportunities for graduates entering a tough and competitive market for industry leading jobs after further education.

“The Future Buyers programme has been established to support the development of our future talent and also gives us an opportunity to further improve our ways of working and consistency of approach across the Buying department. This year, we are creating four places for this programme to help us invest in local and internal talent.”

The programme is open to recent graduates who have ideally achieved a 2:1 in a business related subject. Candidates will also need to be competent in Microsoft office packages and be able to demonstrate “robust numerical and data analysis skills”.

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