We are seeking an enthusiastic, resourceful, hardworking Junior Buyer - Non apparel to grow with the company and add value to our team. An exceptional eye for detail is necessary, as is the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships across all areas of the business.
What you'll be doing
Assisting in seasonal range plan development - analyzing customer buying patterns, forecasting sales and predicting future trends, presenting findings in reports and presentations in a clear and logical format, this will include ratio calculations for size and colour;
Buying for three key territories which include the UK, EU and North America.
Work with your Head of buying to maximize profits and provide a commercially viable range of merchandise at competitive prices.
Assisting in regularly reviewing stock, sales and orders and react with necessary urgency to ensure sales, stock & profit targets are achieved;
Maintaining relationships with suppliers.
Liaising with other departments within the organization to ensure projects are completed;
Participating in promotional activities, helping the buying and merchandising team to identify slow moving stock, suggesting marks downs or promotions, as well as coordinating promotions and clearance events in store;
Creating style books for products, identify when to update trim labels, fabrications and packaging, and liaise with graphic designer to ensure a consistent brand image;
Managing the critical path, monitoring all orders from initial product development through to delivery, ensuring the smooth running of the development process, maintaining delivery schedules and key deadlines throughout;
Managing sample process ensuring all designs and fabrications are executed correctly, meeting brand requirements;
Working alongside QC when creating style books so that correct specs and CAD’s are received,
Lab dip and trim approvals and feeding back to suppliers, after collecting fit and quality info from QC.
Training and mentoring the AB and BAA in the team.
Approving PTS, for shipments.
Attend fit meetings with QC and models, making suggestions on fit, styling, trims etc.., as well as signing off sample
Opportunity to travel to the Far East twice a year for supplier visits.
We would love to meet someone with
You will have relevant experience at Junior Buyer level (doesn’t have to be the same product type) within a retail chain or equivalent looking for a step up.
Hard goods buying experience is very beneficial.
Experience of fully managing the critical path for your department
Commercial approach to business critical decisions
Be aware of competitors and help to try and keep MW the best value on the high street
Confident approach to offer suggestions on the type and quantity of product for the department given the budgeted OTB
Good interpersonal skills – able to build and manage relationships with colleagues and suppliers, communication is key at all times
Strong IT skills most importantly in Excel or equivalent
Commercial and keeps up to date and aware of market trends, changes in demand
Able to fully understand customer needs and demands (e.g. price, quality, availability)
Strong time management skills and able to prioritize as this is a never-ending job and there will always be more to be done
What's in it for you?
Competitive salary and benefits
50% staff discount & 25% for family and friends