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Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Buyer

Published:  12 July, 2018

With two Royal Warrants, six Masters of Wine and more than 300 years of history, Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s original wine and spirits merchant.

Berry Bros. & Rudd is recruiting a Wine Buyer with responsibility for Italy to join our Buying department. The role will be based at our Ingate office in Battersea, London.

The Buying team is responsible for sourcing the many hundreds of wines that the company sells every year, both in the UK and abroad. The company sells to all routes to market, including private customers, hotels and restaurants, independent merchants and multiples; as such, the Buyers are required to understand and fulfil requirements for all these sectors.

The role involves:

  • Being responsible for the quality of all products bought
  • Managing all wine supplier relationships to include negotiation and new product development
  • Developing a range which is appropriate for business requirements, and regularly reviewing the range
  • Working closely with the sales teams to drive sales and profit through all sales channels
  • Managing the flow of wine information throughout the different business units
  • Introducing new wines and suppliers, and “selling” them into the business
  • Creating and supervising key regional campaigns

The right candidate:

  • Should have proven tasting ability; and blending experience
  • Should have good verbal and written communication skills in English and ideally Italian
  • Should have experience negotiating
  • Must hold a full driving licence
  • Should have buying experience or commercial exposure
  • Should be confident travelling overseas independently
  • Should have fantastic wine knowledge
  • Should have an advanced understanding of the Italian supply base and UK wine industry
  • Should be a strong communicator who enjoys building positive relationships
  • Should have strong influencing skills
  • Should ideally hold the WSET Diploma qualification

This is an exceptional opportunity to join the Buying team at the UK’s oldest and most prestigious wine merchant. Working with our award-winning wine range and our highly experienced Masters of Wine is an unbeatable way of fast-tracking a career in wine.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and covering letter to Becky Prifti at by Monday 16th July.