Buyer

Recruiter
Fashion Heaven Inc
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£ In line with experience + benefits
Posted
22 Aug 2018
Closes
19 Sep 2018
Ref
FH2018-2380
Function
Buyer
Sector
Luxury, Womenswear
Job Type
Permanent

DRIVING THE BUSINESS

  • Work with Merchandising team to deliver detailed range plans for the season communicating to Design in an appropriate and effective way.
  • Support B&M/Design team on a day to day basis.
  • 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 driving new and interesting brand appropriate product.
  • Contribute, prepare and support the Senior Buyer in Product presentations and range reviews with Design and Merchandising.
  • Drive product development and commerciality through involvement in fit sessions, fabric and colour choice.
  • 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 the customer.
  • Gather constructive feedback from stores, VM and Retail and communicate effectively with relevant departments.
  • With the Senior Buyer, oversee OE planning, ensuring we are using liability where appropriate. Manage approval and fits process to deliver the Outlet Range within critical path.
  • Work closely with VM and eCommerce to ensure the design process and aesthetics are represented through product placement and advertorial.
  • Support the B&M Manager and Head of Design with any relevant tasks.

COMMERCIAL AWARENESS:

  • Seek and understand brand values, vision and strategy, and ensure these are continually delivered.
  • Understand brand positioning in the UK and international markets.
  • Awareness of financial targets understanding the building blocks of how they are to be delivered.
  • Show continual awareness of the global customer profile and reflect this in all activities and decisions.
  • Contribute commercial ideas and views, adding value to decisions made by the team.
  • Work with Design, Merchandising and Production to assess the size of trend, using past history and judgement to scope potential.
  • Use knowledge of store space and the 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.
  • Visit stores regularly, completing comp shops and monitoring key activities and changes made by competitors and propose action points.

DECISION MAKING:

  • Analyse and interpret information from different sources quickly and accurately to make effective decisions.
  • Take difficult and business critical decisions confidently and accurately with the best interest of the business in mind.
  • Consider a range of options before forming views, actively seeking opinions from others to improve ideas.
  • Find logical and commercial solutions to problems, contributing to team problem solving.
  • Take initiative to resolve issues within the remit of the role.
  • Take full responsibility for own actions and those of any direct reports and follow through to completion.
  • Always consider the brand in every decision.
  • Review past decisions in light of new information.

Essential Skills

  • Mid-level Womenswear Buyer with a balance of creativity and commercial acumen. 
  • Batchelor’s Degree in Fashion Design/Fashion Business preferential
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience specialising in Womenswear Fashion.
  • Eye for trend driven and elevated fashion with experience in premium or luxury womenswear.
  • Results focused team player and a self-starter with the ability to set stretching goals.
  • Ability to connect with and understand the brand’s vision and identity.
  • Effective listening and influencing skills working in a flexible manner with all kinds of people.
  • Calm and rational during challenging situations.
  • Persuasive, energetic, enthusiastic and not afraid of hard work.
  • Demonstrate initiative, self-motivation, ownership and a consistently reliable, mature & confident attitude.
  • Represent the Buying department in a positive and professional manner at all times within the business.
  • Lead by example as a strong role model for junior team members.
  • Set goals and manage multiple priorities, keeping management informed, seeking and acting on feedback.
  • Willingly take on the responsibilities of line manager/colleagues when they are absent.

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