Meet Andrew – Buyer, Pet care, Gardening and Hardware
What is your role within tofs?
As a Buyer within tofs I am responsible for 3 categories; Pet Care, Gardening and Hardware. Reporting into me I have an Assistant Buyer and Buyers Assistant. We also work closely alongside a Merchandiser, Assistant Merchandiser and Allocator for our categories. Together we build and manage product ranges which total over 1000 individual products sold in the stores and online. Our main aim is to maximise profit on the departments by sourcing relevant and great value for money products for our customers. I and my team do this by a variety of tasks including analyzing market trends, attending Uk, European and Far East trade fairs and working closely with suppliers.
How would you describe tofs Culture?
The culture at tofs gives you the flexibility to develop a career path in different departments in the business. You are given enough freedom to do your job by line manager. Power is delegated downwards so you feel like an important cog in the wheel. You are constantly challenging yourself on a daily basis to improve all areas of the business. There is always lots of interaction between other departments in the business, which comes in handy when, colleagues organise social group activities like weekly football, meals out, trips to the cinema, sports day and a day out at the races.
What’s it like to work for tofs?
Working at tofs means working with a close knit friendly team. I enjoy a fast paced working environment and gain a high level of job satisfaction when we achieve sales budgets. As a Buyer I’m able to travel to European and International suppliers for meetings. Within tofs you literally control your own destiny.
What is your personal experience of tofs?
tofs gave me my first opportunity in retail at a Support Centre and I found that if you work hard, then you are rewarded for your efforts. It’s fast paced and every days different which makes the days fly by. The team ethic is great with everyone chipping in when you need help too.