As a result of their continued success and expansion, this fast fashion retailer has a highly exciting opportunity for a Women Footwear Buyer based in London. Working closely with Head of Buying, you will deliver commercially viable ranges that meets the Department and Company sales and profit targets yet maintaining a strategic business focus.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Development and delivery of seasonal buying strategies and ensuring products are aligned with key product lines. Operating within set financial budgets for sales, margins, stock and open to buy
- Planning, sourcing and buying of merchandise at category level in a commercial environment
- Presenting the figures, product and season trends to the Head of Buying and the Directors
- Negotiating cost prices, in the best interest of the company, taking into account range and sales plans
- Ensuring ranges are selected within timescales sufficient to meet required "on sale" dates in line with agreed company promotional calendars and making operational departments aware
- Overseeing the critical path meetings in that all key cut off dates are met and delays avoided
- Training and developing members of the team to achieve their potential, focusing on the individual needs by working on development plans and continually reviewing
Your skills and experience will include:
- Proven previous experience at a similar level of buying is essential within a fast moving, commercial Ladies fashion environment. Ability to adapt to a fast-changing market
- Full understanding of the Buying role and the relationship between it and the Merchandising department. Working closely to balance trading and planning to create timely and exciting ranges for the stores and online
- Excellent analytical skills and commercial awareness by being able to always think strategically and broad to drive company profit targets
- Managing upwards always ensuring a professional manner is projected to directors. Working closely with all Senior Heads of Departments as and when is required to build personal profile within the business
- Proven ability to influence and negotiate effectively with Suppliers and Senior managers, and proven sourcing experience in Europe and other countries. Have a creative yet calm approach to problem solving
- Working closely with Design to captures and develop the latest trends and with Technologists to ensure fit satisfies the company's high quality standard
- Demonstrate a passion about product. Keeping up-to-date with all media channels, blogs, magazines, trends sites, music etc.
If you feel you have the skills and experience, please reply with an up to date CV today!
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