Livestock Buyer

Company: ABP Food Group
Location: Somerset
Salary: Competitive
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We have an exciting opportunity for either an experienced or trainee buyer to join our livestock team. We are seeking an enthusiastic and process driven individual who has a real interest in the meat industry and livestock as part of the food chain. This is a demanding, supplier facing role which requires a high level of attention to detail, excellent communication skills and computer literacy as you will be liaising with farmers, vets, livestock and abattoir teams to ensure animal welfare is maintained and cattle are processed in line with legislative requirements.

A competitive salary is on offer (based on experience), company car and a non-contractual discretionary bonus

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensure the livestock purchased meets production requirements and are in line with kill plans to meet the needs of the customer
Co-ordinate with livestock agents, farmers, agents and other livestock suppliers for the supply of cattle
Learn and maintain knowledge of lairage and abattoir operations
Carry out farm visits for cattle selection, maintain relationships with farmers, including producer group meetings
Ensure livestock deliveries are to schedule
Actively negotiate prices and develop partnerships with key stakeholders and suppliers
Contribute to the recording and maintenance of slaughter information and data
Maintain own CPD including food safety knowledge and skills
Ensure the team adheres to current animal welfare legislation and company operating procedures at all times with regard to safe movements, handling and production
Knowledge and Experience:
The ideal candidate will have experience within the livestock industry and be keen to develop knowledge of livestock rearing and of red meat processing, however applications will be considered from individuals who can demonstrate sales/purchasing/negotiation experience within other agricultural sectors such as feed, dairy, agricultural machinery/services
Have confident communication skills with the ability to develop relationships and partnerships with a range of stakeholders across different environments
Experience of negotiating prices is preferable but not essential
No formal qualifications are required for this role, but a keen interest in the livestock industry and experience of working with the farming community is essential. Full training will be given
IT literacy in MS Office and the ability to learn the use bespoke systems
Must hold a full UK driving license
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