Assistant Buyer Fashion

£25000 - £35000 per annum
05 Oct 2018
23 Oct 2018
Jack Clements
Job Type

This role is fantastic for an Assistant Buyer Fashion who wants to step into product development within Fashion, has an eye for trend and is looking for a company where they can grow their career.

The role also maybe suitable for a Buyers Assistant with a year of experience who also wants to develop their career in a fast moving industry.

Client Details

My client is a very well established retailer who are market leaders within their division. They are rapidly expanding hence the need for a new Assistant Buyer and are growing in both wholesale, online and via their retail outlets. They have a huge focus on work life balance and have a great office environment.

** We also have Buyer level roles with this retailer. If that is of interest please do apply or email me directly **


The skill set involved for an Assistant Buyer Fashion is -

  • Work closely with the Buyer(s), Merchandiser to ensure product objectives and sales plans are delivered.
  • Negotiate cost prices under guidance of Buyer, understanding the costing process and ensure target margins are met with the best product quality and delivery
  • Attend fit session and ensure highest priority is fitted first. Make suggestions for improvements and resolutions.
  • Understand the buying calendar and the range building process and contribute to building a commercial balanced range through active participation re product strategy, competitive benchmarking, sales history and ad hoc creative influencing opportunities
  • Thorough critical path management (weekly meetings with BAA to ensure all dates up to date)
  • Effective upward management of critical path issues (weekly meetings with Buyers to highlight any issues/ late approvals/ delays), proposing solutions
  • Incorporate all shoot sample deadlines and book launch dates onto CP to ensure all key dates met
  • Manage the product development process - chase development samples back for sign off meetings
  • Work with technologist on any quality and delivery issues, agree actions and solutions for sign off with Buying Dept
  • Attend sign off meetings and take notes for Buyer. Deputise confidently and effectively if Buyer is absent
  • Carry out seasonal comparative shopping reports
  • Have customer and competitive awareness and deal with customer service product queries in timely and professional manner
  • Manage Supplier relationships well - regular email communication/ skype meetings/ phone calls
  • Sending tech packs off and in some cases creating tech packs for cross costing. Ensure workbooks set up in advance of fits.
  • Responsible for selecting and approving trims (support BAA if necessary)
  • Responsible for approving all lap dip and bulk standards (support BAA if necessary)
  • Owner of the buy sheet ensuring all info is accurate and up to date to order from
  • Check drafts for the catalogue to ensure composition and washing instructions are correct
  • Ensure packaging & labelling for products are correct
  • Manage and develop/ coach BAA
  • Work closely with AM
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills, good written and verbal communication skills


The candidate must have the right attitude to work as an Assistant Buyer Fashion in Brighton for an established retail business.

  • Demonstrate a tenacious and positive "can do" attitude in all things, at all times.
  • Ensure Customers are at the heart of all decisions
  • Have an adaptable flexible approach to managing the high workload. Ability to self manage
  • Ability to identify problems and make suggestions for improvements and solutions
  • Confidence to instigate new systems and processes if needed
  • Accuracy and attention to detail related to product, processes and systems
  • Show willingness for continuous improvement in the role and to go the extra mile across the board
  • Demonstrate leadership on the dept, setting examples by behaviour for more junior members on the B&M team
    Positive and proactive approach to building and maintaining strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Passion for product and commercially aware
  • Team orientated, adaptable and open to trying new ways of doing things

** We also have Buyer level roles with this retailer. If that is of interest please do apply or email me directly **

Job Offer

£25,000 - £30,000 plus fantastic benefits and flexible working approach

** We also have Buyer level roles with this retailer. If that is of interest please do apply or email me directly **

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