Howard-Sneyd was previously a central buyer at Waitrose. He has also worked as a buyer for Sainsbury's.
Waitrose said that in addition to retaining some of his buying responsibilities, he would co-ordinate the activities of the group's wine team and drive the development of strategy for wine. Howard-Sneyd is currently responsible for buying wines from Bordeaux, south of France, Rhône, Italy, Germany, South Africa and England. Waitrose said it was looking to recruit a new buyer to take on part of the range managed by Howard-Sneyd.