Spanish wine expert and former Sainsbury’s and Oddbins buyer, Julie Buckley, has joined the Majestic Wine buying team. As Senior Buyer, she will be responsible for some of Majestic’s best selling categories; managing New Zealand, Spain and Burgundy for the UK retailer.
Buckley, who has over ten years’ wine buying experience for some of the UK’s biggest retailers, has been brought in to add her intuitive and structured approach to sourcing. Majestic have highlighted a move towards own-label and parcel buying in recent years, two areas in which Julie has a proven track record.
Richard Weaver, buying and merchandising director at Majestic, believes that Buckley’s eight years at Oddbins and seven at Sainsbury’s made her the ideal candidate for the job. “There’s nothing Julie doesn’t know about Spanish wine, this will be her third senior position buying the category,” explains Weaver
‘That, coupled with her dynamic approach and industry expertise, made her the ideal candidate. I’m delighted to have her on board and can’t wait to see how she takes our range forward’.
Buckley joined the team on 6 August. Majestic Wine is also pleased to announce Joe Aylmer has been promoted to Buyer from Buying Assistant. Joe will take responsibility for South America, the Rhône, Portugal, fortified wines and wine magnums.