Womenswear Buyer

29 Sep 2016
27 Oct 2016
Job Type


  • Work with Merchandising team to deliver in-depth range plans for the season, and deliver this to Design in an appropriate and effective way.
  • Support B&M/Design team on a day to day basis.
  • To work with the Design team from design inception through to delivery to customer and ensure a consistent brand identity that is commercial, relevant, on trend and aspirational range is delivered.
  • Challenge the Design and Merchandising teams in order to drive new and interesting product that is brand appropriate.
  • Contribute, prepare and support presenting in buy presentations and range reviews with Design and the Merchandising department.
  • Drives product development and commerciality through involvement in fit sessions, choice of fabrication and colour.
  • Constantly review Womenswear market and external competitors, through regular comp shops and research, to ensure the collection that is delivered to market is appropriate.
  • Extensive research for new trends, colours and shapes appropriate to the brand, and feed into the design process for new season collections.
  • Review pricing architecture with Merchandising team to ensure the brand is competitive and relevant to our customer.
  • Gather constructive feedback from stores, VM and Retail and communicate effectivley to the relevant departments.
  • Oversee OE planning, ensuring we are using liability where appropriate. Manage approval and fits process to deliver the Outlet Range within critical path.
  • To work closely with VM and e-commerce to ensure the design process and aesthetics are represented through product placement and advertorial.
  • Supports the B&M Manager and Head of Design with any relevant tasks.


  • Seeks & understands the brand; its values and vision. Aware of strategies for the department/brand and ensures these are continually delivered.
  • Has an awareness of the financial targets and understands how they are to be delivered (building blocks).
  • Shows continual awareness of the global customer profile and reflects this in all activities and decisions.
  • Contributes commercial ideas and views, adding value to decisions made by the team.
  • Works with Design, Merchandising and Production to assess the size of trend, using past history and judgement to scope potential.
  • Uses knowledge of the store space and different retail channels to ensure coordinated product is delivered to every area of the business - working with Branch Merchandising and the multi-channel teams to realise potential.
  • Understands and enthuses about the product, relating this to current trends and the Brand values.
  • Understands how the Brand is positioned in the market both in the UK and Internationally.
  • Visits stores regularly, completing comp shops and monitors key activities and changes made by competitors - proposes actions.


  • Analyses and interprets information quickly and accurately, to ensure we use information from different sources to make effective decisions.
  • Shows the ability to take difficult and business critical decisions confidently and accurately and with the best interest of the business in mind.
  • Considers a range of options before forming views, actively seeking opinions from others to improve their own ideas.
  • Finds logical and commercial solutions to problems, contributing to team problem solving.
  • Takes initiative to resolve issues within their control.
  • Takes full responsibility for their own actions and those of their direct reports and follows them through to completion.
  • Always considers the brand in every decision.
  • Reviews past decisions in light of new information.


  • A balance of creativity and commercial acumen.
  • A team player focused on delivering results, and a self-starter with the ability to set stretching goals.
  • Be able to demonstrate a connection with and have a fine understanding of the brand's vision and identity.
  • Effective influencing skills and the ability to work with all kinds of people, as well as ability to listen and work in a flexible manner.
  • Maintains calm and rational under pressure, understands the impact communication has on others in the team and maintains these standards during challenging situations.
  • Persuasive, energetic, enthusiastic and not afraid of hard work.
  • Demonstrates initiative, self-motivation and ownership. Consistently showing a reliable, mature &confident attitude.
  • Raises the profile of the Buying team within the business, representing the department in meetings and always presenting the department in a positive and professional manner.
  • Leads by example and is a strong role model for the team.
  • Motivates the team through a positive and supportive management style.
  • Manages workload for the team and yourself, organising, planning and delegating to ensure objectives are achieved.
  • Proactively sets goals & manages multiple priorities, keeping management informed.
  • Regularly seeks feedback from manager and reacts positively, acting on this feedback to improve performance.
  • Willingly takes on the responsibilities of manager/colleagues when they are absent.


  • Have a strong fashion eye and passion for product.
  • Able to show commercial aptitude.
  • Understanding of the Reiss brand.
  • At least 3 years' experience in a fast paced buying role.
  • Ideal for a Junior Buyer seeking that next step up or current Buyer wanting that new challenge.
  • Batchelor's degree in Fashion Design/Fashion Business preferential.