Tesco is to lure US professionals to its planned stateside convenience venture through a careers web site, which includes a surprise ad for a non food buyer.

Within the list of jobs on offer, it gives details of the non food role, with responsibility for the range assortment, and a remit to "define the private label range strategy", as well as sourcing non food suppliers.

Shore Capital analyst Clive Black said although he had not anticipated non food to be part of the offer, it would make sense in certain categories.

"Tesco will be focusing on fresh foods and convenience, but there could be scope for complementary non food, such as kitchenware, small electricals and household goods, as we believe the stores are likely to be about 10,000 to 15,000 sq ft - more like a Metro than an Express."

Black added that as Tesco was planning such a significant launch, with £250m to be invested annually, it needed to get into "recruitment mode" quickly.

One of the key roles Tesco is looking to fill is operations development manager. Other roles advertised include food buyers and category managers, financial analyst, human resource manager, technical and development manager for private label, and various supply chain posts.