Fashion Heaven Inc
London (Central), London (Greater)
£ In line with experience + benefits
26 Sep 2018
24 Oct 2018
Luxury, Womenswear
Job Type

The Womenswear Buyer reports into the Senior Buyer with responsibility for supporting the commercial delivery of the Womenswear collections working hand-in-hand with the design team and managing a Junior Buyer. The focus of the role is to ensure a cohesive balanced collection that captures brand appropriate trends in line with brand DNA, suitable for a broad portfolio of worldwide retail stores and concessions. The successful candidate will be a mid-level buyer with an elevated taste level and creative eye with strong numerical and analytical skills and a minimum 5 years’ buying experience within premium or luxury international fashion.

Main responsibilities


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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