Job Summary :
Under the direction of the head of buying, is responsible and accountable for the buying for the designated category.
Supports the head of buying as needed with team development and proactively seeks to continuously improve the buying function within the business.
Operates commercially, and maintains an overview of the bigger picture’ across all areas of the range.
All tasks and activities to be undertaken within the framework of the overall department and business goals and strategy.
Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities :
Uses the WSSI to make informed and strategic decisions within the defined parameters of the role.
In the absence of the senior buyer, is able to operate and manage the specific area of the business.
Presents in a clear, concise and accurate manner, detailed information regarding the buying function.
Undertakes product development and develops proposition as area of business grows.
Ensures proposition is able to deliver required international growth and maintains understanding of requirements of new territories.
Works in conjunction with the Head of Buying, Head of Merchandising and directors, to influence strategic plans and developments.
Completes project management tasks as requested by Head of Buying and Head of Merchandising.
Uses leadership skills to support with the motivation and people management of the team.
Ensures effective communication with junior, assistant and trainee buyers in designates areas and across the entire department.
Monitors stock covers on single lines.
Reports and effectively communicates all key information in trading meeting to buyer and director level.
Generates ideas and suggestion to impact the business with reference to promotions and mark downs.
Provides SWOT analysis on designated categories every 6 weeks.
Monitors and maintains stocks as per KPI’s set and manages open to buy accordingly.
Responds to competitor analysis.
Supports Head of Buying to develop new strategies for the business and department.
Undertakes preparation for Far East trips as required.
Completes buying trips as needed within UK and internationally.
Liaises with marketing and eCommerce teams to develop and maintain professional working relationships and ensure sales are maximised through the site and in line with overall strategy.
Sourcing new factories and suppliers in line with the brand quality, design, ethical requirements.
Margin management / negotiation to achieve intake margin KPI
Ability to build a balanced / commercial range that meets the customer needs and delivers the target repeat KPI
Health & Safety :
Ensures that all employees within department work in a safe manner
Fully understands the fire, emergency and health & safety procedures of the workplace
Ensures that all potential and real hazards are taken care of immediately, and are reported appropriately.
Works in a safe and responsible manner, within the framework of legislation and workplace specific policies.
Is an ambassador for the brand
Attends training, meetings and other events as requested by direct manager or senior management, including Head of Human Resources.
Assists colleagues by completing tasks outside own job role when requested, including supporting associated companies.
Maintains own working area in a professional and organised manner.
Always strives to improve the department’s operation and increase knowledge of own and related job functions.