Assistant Trading Manager (Alcohol & Tobacco)


Job ref: 13146

Job Type: Trading

Location: Dublin

Contract type: Permanent

Closing Date: 26 January 2022

Assistant Trading Manager (Alcohol & Tobacco)

Our people are the heart of our business. As our greatest asset, they make Musgrave a great place to work and in return we aim to be the very best place to work, grow and thrive. We have an excellent opportunity for an Assistant Trading Manager to join our team within Musgrave Wholesale Partners.


Main responsibilities include (not limited to):

  • Sales and profit delivery

Deliver category sales, margin and profit to budgeted levels and beyond. Analyse weekly performance, report weekly versus budget and forecast and develop practical immediate plans to address shortfalls.

  • Supplier management

Implement existing JBPs with key suppliers. Negotiate cost of goods and manage cost increase proposals. Implementation of any regulatory changes within the category. Optimise opportunity around digital for online On & Off Trade.

  • Promotion planning

Develop appropriate promotional strategies to drive sales and profitability. Review analysis of promotions with suppliers in order to ensure the strongest sales drivers are being proposed.

  • Range and product strategy

Manage the successful implementation of ranges in branches and work with the category planning team to assess commercial performance of current ranges and conduct range reviews including planograms. Develop “Hero categories” in line with agreed range strategy.

  • Seasonal Management

Deliver sales and profit on seasonal plans (Xmas, Sporting Events, Key Occasions). Review and act upon market trends and opportunities to develop ranges and competitive prices for each event.

  • Sales and Operations Relationship

Support the business units through development of working relationship with the sales teams and the key customers (coach, mentor and motivate the appropriate teams on category changes).

  • Price file administration

Ensure Right First Time on all admin/flyer sign off. Ensure adherence to Grocery Regulations.

  • Price positioning

Assess current pricing and margin performance and ensure price position is market leading through better sourcing opportunities. Maximise retailer margins and competitive position within the market

  • Supply chain

 Ensure that cash and carry inbound service levels are on target.

To maintain an acceptable source of product supply to all retail customers








The ideal candidate will have/be:

Essential Education & Experience:

  • Strong commercial acumen and interpersonal skills including strong influencing / negotiation skills
  • Min. 3 years’ experience within the FMCG Retail or Foodservice Trade working within a Trading/ Buying environment
  • Educated to degree level
  • Ability to prioritise workload and differentiate between urgent and important tasks and stay calm under pressure.


  • PC literate in Microsoft applications including Power Point, Word & Excel.

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