Job Vacancies

Buying Assistant

With two Royal Warrants, six Masters of Wine and more than 300 years of history, Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s original wine and spirits merchant.

Berry Bros. & Rudd is recruiting two Buying Assistants to support our Buying department. One role will be based at our Basingstoke office in Hampshire, and the other will be based at our Ingate office, Battersea, London.

About the Buying team:

  • Responsible for sourcing the many hundreds of wines that the company sells every year, both in the UK and abroad.
  • The company sells to all routes to market, including private customers, hotels and restaurants, independent merchants and multiples. The Buying team is required to understand and fulfil requirements for all these sectors.

The role involves:

  • Supporting Buyers with their supplier relationships, product selection, range scope and management, price negotiations, data sourcing and interfacing with sales channels.
  • Providing effective administrative support to their Buyer(s) and support, for example, by organising buying trips or dealing with shipping and finance queries.
  • Acting as a secondary point of contact for suppliers.
  • Regularly reporting on sales and profits.
  • Collating and presenting marketing collateral.
  • The possibility to lead a project, eg the sourcing of a new wine, under the guidance of a Buyer.

The right candidate:

  • Will be fluent in languages appropriate to areas of assignment (ideally French and/or Spanish) and have flexibility to travel overseas.
  • Will be confident with Microsoft Word applications and have experience of non-Microsoft computer programmes.
  • Acting as a secondary point of contact for suppliers.
  • Will have sound mathematical skills, attention to detail and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Collating and presenting marketing collateral.
  • Might have previous experience in the wine trade (preferable).
  • Might have completed the WSET Diploma (preferable).

This is an exceptional opportunity to join the Buying team at the UK’s oldest and most prestigious wine merchant. Working with our award-winning wine range and our highly experienced Masters of Wine could be an unbeatable way of fast-tracking a career in wine.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and covering letter to Becky Prifti at by Monday 30th October 2017.

Personal Assistant

We are currently recruiting for a Personal Assistant to support four members of the Leadership team to ensure they meet their operational, commercial and professional objectives. Based at No.3 St James’s Street, this will be a fast-paced and varied role and you will be expected to organise and maintain the team’s diaries, make appointments, manage and deal with emails where appropriate.

The role involves:

  • organising business meetings, including international meetings
  • liaising with internal and external suppliers to arrange catering
  • arranging travel, visas and accommodation
  • preparing and circulating documents, presentations, agendas and minutes
  • following up on action points
  • meeting and greeting visitors at all levels

The right candidate will have:

  • experience in supporting senior leaders
  • the ability to demonstrate excellent organisation skills
  • strong problem-solving abilities
  • excellent attention to detail
  • a high level of integrity and good judgement
  • excellent communication skills
  • a warm and friendly style

If you wish to apply for this role, please contact Michaela Cloke, People Business Partner, at ( by Monday 30th October 2017.

Regional Sales Manager (On Trade)-London

Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) is the on/off-trade agency arm of Berry Bros. & Rudd Ltd and represents more than 300 wine producers and 20 spirits brands from 14 countries. To support the continued growth of Spirits sales in London, FMV is looking to expand the Spirits On-Trade team by recruiting a Regional Sales Manager. Managing their own account base in Central & East London, the Regional Sales Manager will be expected to manage various tasks, duties and responsibilities of the London sales team. The role will report into Julian Howard, Head of National Accounts & Bars, and be based from our Ingate office, Battersea, London.

The role involves:

  • Building, managing and developing around 100 accounts to meet and exceed pre-agreed commercial targets
  • Working closely with the Marketing Manager and Spirits Manager Executive to grow sales of FMV’s spirit brands
  • Developing new listings from the whole portfolio
  • Developing a detailed understanding of the whole portfolio
  • Developing training for new staff
  • Setting long- and short-term sales strategies for their region
  • Overseeing the sales activities of the organisation’s products and services
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with wholesalers and their sales teams
  • Serving as a coach to team staff and other employees in the company
  • Managing and directing the sales force to help them achieve sales goals
  • Maximising sales volume

The right candidate will have:

  • Good knowledge of the local premium independent sector (preferable)
  • Demonstrable experience in a sales environment, working towards commercial targets
  • The ability to build long-term successful relationships with colleagues and customers
  • Advanced knowledge of spirits
  • Be forward-thinking, self-motivated, well-organised and a confident influencer and negotiator
  • Be confident with Microsoft Office and possess administration skills
  • Proven experience in cross-selling, and competence in various sales activities
  • Good networking capabilities and excellent communication skills
  • Excellent motivational skills
  • Good supervisory skills
  • The ability to be flexible and to multitask
  • The ability to absorb pressure that comes with the position
  • The ability to work with a team
  • Result oriented and driven

If you wish to apply for this role, please contact Becky Prifti at ( by Friday 3rd November 2017.

Customer Service Representatives (FMV)

We are currently recruiting for three Customer Service Representatives to join our Customer Service team in Basingstoke supporting our on/off-trade brand Fields, Morris & Verdin. FMV is an agency/wholesale wine importer that currently ships from over 100 producers on an exclusive basis and sells directly to the UK trade (both retail and restaurant). Alongside Berry Bros. & Rudd Wholesale, FMV forms the on/off-trade sector of Berry Bros. & Rudd Ltd.

In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring all sales orders are processed accurately and in a timely manner. You will also be responsible for handling all customer service queries, providing our customers with the advice they are looking for or resolving their issue as quickly as possible. You will support the wider business by completing a range of administrative tasks such as updating customer accounts.

The successful candidate must have previous customer service experience interacting with customers over the phone and email, therefore an excellent telephone manner and good attention to detail, with the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure within a busy environment will be vital. Experience working for a premium brand is a benefit, as are any wine qualifications. We use a variety of systems so a high level of IT literacy and the ability to learn new tools quickly is important. Previous experience of order processing with ERP systems is desirable.

These positions will be based in Basingstoke and are contracted at 35 hours per week, usually between 9.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday, but flexibility is essential and regular Saturday working will be required from 10am – 4pm.

These positions will be based in Basingstoke and are available immediately. The hours will be 35 hours per week, worked on a shift basis covering the hours of 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, but flexibility is essential during our peak periods, and some Saturday hours will be required. If you are interested in this role, or alternatively know someone who may be suitable, please send a CV and covering letter to Michaela Cloke at .