Trainee Livestock Buyer

Company: ABP Food Group
Location: Somerset
Salary: Competitive
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Trainee Livestock Buyer


Competitive + Bonus + Company Car




Reporting to:
Livestock Procurement Manager


Job Role:
ABP Food Group is one of Europe`s leading privately owned food processors. Today the Group operates across many businesses, spanning Ireland, the UK and Continental Europe and consists of 4 separate divisions; ABP Beef, ABP Proteins, ABP Renewables and ABP Pet Foods. We work with a network of over 45,000 farmers and are renowned for paying our suppliers on the day of delivery at strategically located local abattoirs that minimise animal transport distances.

ABP Food Group contributes an estimated €1.3bn each year into the rural economies in which it operates.

We recognise that the farmers who supply meat to us are vital partners in ensuring that the quality of our product is maintained and traceability is ensured.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Our livestock buyers play a vital role in maintaining the beef supply chain. Their expertise in buying the right cattle at the right price whilst maintaining superb relationships with our cattle suppliers is key to us delivering the correct specification of beef to our customers.

To support the growth of our Langport site, we are now seeking an experienced or trainee Livestock Buyer to join our already successful team. If you have experience of working on farm (ideally cattle) and have worked in a customer facing/territory management position, this could be the opportunity you`ve been looking for. You`ll need to have a real interest in the meat industry and livestock as part of the supply chain and enjoy working in a fast paced, demanding environment. There will be a requirement to liaise and coordinate with multiple stakeholders from farmers to vets, abattoir teams to sales and planning so the key to your success will be your enthusiasm, strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as your ability to build strong working relationships across the board.

The job will be a mixture of office and field based – initially 80/20% but as you build your supplier base there will be more opportunity to visit farms and select cattle across the South West.


Knowledge and Experience:
The ideal candidate will have experience within the livestock industry and be keen to develop their 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
Be process driven with excellent attention to detail
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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