Senior Buyer

Location
London
Salary
£45000 - £60000 per annum
Posted
02 Oct 2018
Closes
30 Oct 2018
Ref
SB002
Contact
Farah
Function
Buyer
Sector
Luxury, Womenswear
Job Type
Permanent
I am keen to speak with established Buyers and current Senior Buyers to join a luxury brand based In Central London. My client is looking for a Senior Buyer to join the RTW team and manage a team of 3.
Main Responsibilities
*Working in collaboration with the Design, Merchandising and Technical departments, influence the development of an exciting and commercially viable range in accordance with the Buying strategy, seasonal fashion trends and the philosophy continually challenge the range viability whilst ensuring it remains cohesive with the brand vision
*Negotiate preferential contract terms ensuring budgeted sales, gross margin and profit targets are achieved, whilst managing supplier reliability and relationships o Resolve any development/supplier issues experienced within the product cycle achieving the best result for the Company in any given risk scenario; Manage and review the OTB to maximise the sales and profitability of the product ranges
*Progress, monitor and manage the range from concept to delivery into the Warehouse, keeping to the stringent critical path requirements
*Provide range and product information to all internal interdependent parties including Marketing, Retail, Press and Digital; participate in the development of product knowledge communications with these relevant business partners
*Be aware of competitor data and activity and stay one step ahead using all available market analysis to identify trends, constantly assessing competitors to remain the leader in delivering an optimum product offer which exceeds customer expectations; Identify growth opportunities through assimilating fashion forecasting and market trends both UK and Internationally
*Analyse product sell through and performance data suggesting promo/markdowns as per the trading strategy which achieve sales but without damaging the brand image
*Manage, develop and motivate the buying team, creating a collaborative and rewarding working experience
The Person
*Someone who has outstanding planning and organisational skills coupled with the ability to gain respect and collaboration from direct reports, peers and Senior Management
*Resilient and flexible with a natural flair for trends and fabrics; CMT experience and a deep understanding of fit and premium brand product development
*Commercially driven, with negotiating and influencing skills and contract management expertise; Creative and collaborative and proactively able to drive the buying strategy
*A team player who isn't afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved in things outside of their remit, and supporting their colleagues when needed
*Well-travelled, with a solid understanding of supplier capabilities and Country specific fabric/product development specialities
*Someone who thrives on keeping abreast of current and future trends and it goes without saying that they are a lover of our brand and vision
People Experience
*Develop the members of the Buying team and ensure they have the tools and know how to deliver their accountabilities;
*Able to work cross functionally and collaboratively with both internal and external business partners and 3rd party suppliers
*Operational Excellence
*Analyse and provide conclusive feedback on the success of the product ranges, providing proactive initiatives to optimise maximum impact of the future ranges
*Able to quickly interpret results and work within a fast paced environment to make changes when needed and not to be afraid to do so for the greater good of the business
*Financially competent and commercially astute to manage themselves and their departmental budgets cost effectively
*Instil a culture of high standards across the buying team and areas of influence

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