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Procurement Specialist


Job title: Procurement Specialist

Division/Department: Purchasing

Reporting To: Head of Purchasing

Japan Centre Group Ltd

Japan Centre Group Ltd began life in 1976 with a suitcase full of Japanese books and an inspired idea to cater for the community of Japanese people living in London. It has since grown to become one of the largest and most influential Japanese retailers in the UK & Europe, adding a supermarket, bakery, deli, homeware department, online services and wholesale division to its repertoire, as well as Shoryu Ramen restaurants and our fine dining restaurant Sakagura Ltd.  In July 2018, Japan Centre Group, alongside Cool Japan Fund opened the largest Japanese Food Hall in Europe - ICHIBA located in Westfield London. 

We would like to welcome you to the Japan Centre team!

Job Purpose: The Procurement Specialist will be providing purchasing and general support, while being proactive in the communication between suppliers and various divisions, such as design, quality and production. As the Procurement Specialist you must have the ability to create and manage commercial relationships with suppliers, negotiating the best prices for components and lead times. 

  • Sourcing products that match the uniqueness of Japan Centre Group Ltd and its subsidiaries.
  • Ensuring constant stock availability by monitoring inventory levels against business needs.
  • Regularly negotiating with suppliers on product quality and timely deliveries.
  • Constantly liaising with suppliers, warehouse, and logistics ensuring our operations run smoothly.
  • Maintaining up-to-date cost prices on the purchasing system, verifying quantities and cost prices on supplier invoices before authorisation into accounts for payments to be processed.
  • Manage supplier relationship developing healthy rapports, especially where items are key.
  • Make group transfer pricing by raising accurate monthly internal invoices.
  • Support the head of purchasing strategy in centralising group purchasing and supplier negotiations for cost reductions.
  • Making ad hoc purchases for items not assigned a preferred supplier.
  • Collate and submit credit card info and back-up documents into accounts for costs allocation.
  • Set up and verify location monthly stock take figures to be sent into accounts.
  • Maintain ‘Fresh’ category on POS system- set up new lines, price update, application of discounts, meal deals etc


Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Japan Centre UNIT B, Park Royal

NW10 7NZ
NW10 7NZ London Directions angela.abalos@japancentre.com 02034056281

Employee Benefits

Join us and you get all these amazing benefits!

  • 20% employee discount

    Employees get 20% off across all our sites including Shoryu, Sakagura, Japan Centre, and Ichiba

  • Free Lunch Meal

    Tasty rice and noodle dishes. Yum!

  • Perkbox

    Employees get discount from big brand retailers.

  • Auto-enrollment pensions scheme

    3% contribution from Now Pensions


I am excited to welcome you to the Japan Centre family and share with you my passion for Japanese foods, traditions and heritage from my hometown Fukuoka. 

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