Assistant Buyer – Buying Assistant

LE17 4XH, Lutterworth
Competitive Salary
18 Dec 2018
15 Jan 2019
Job Type

Boys Essentials - George Clothing
Based at George home office in Lutterworth
We have a fantastic opportunity for an Assistant Buyer to join our team! Whether it’s working on baby, boys or girls clothing you’ll find yourself immersed in an exciting, innovative and challenging Childrenswear/ Kidswear buying category delivering the latest age appropriate, fashion looks; and as an Assistant Buyer you’ll be supporting your Buyer/ Buying Manager in sourcing & developing it all!!
Being ‘Famous for Kidswear’ is what we’re about. This Assistant Buyer opportunity comes with specific range responsibility and the chance to support your Buyer across the wider department; delivering alongside our product design and merchandising teams. From concept to shop floor you’ll work together to make sure our products jump off the shelf, building customer loyalty to reinforce our Kidswear credentials in the marketplace.  It’s the perfect opportunity for an experienced Buying Assistant/Assistant Buyer who’s already gained experience within a Kidswear retail buying environment, who’s looking for a new challenge and that next step in your trading career.
What you’ll be responsible for:
You will -


  • Be responsible for & assist the Buyer on main range price negotiation including negotiating with suppliers on a multi category product area
  • Build strong relationships with our supply base to develop product concepts across the range
  • Work closely with the Buyer providing input into range plans and taking responsibility for administration of relevant buying information i.e. lab dips, gold seals & amendments
  • Support the buyer in building a range that’s right for our customer
  • Be responsible for reporting on best & worst sellers weekly & seasonally
  • Prepare for key department meetings i.e. selection and product meetings
  • Be responsible for critical path management & weekly progressing of all product lines, providing information flow between teams & supplier 
  • Contribute and manage products fits/overall look, ideally with an awareness of garment construction
  • Demonstrate knowledge of market strategy, customer and competitor profiles
  • Manage PR sampling and with the Buyer administrate marketing & trading activity
  • Be responsible for completion of monthly competitor reports
  • Understand competitor pricing strategy and George positioning within the market place

About you:
You’ll possess a keen eye for trend, live and breathe ‘fashion’ and be excited to see your products on sale across the shop floor. With experience ideally gained within retail buying or product development you’ll enjoy working directly with suppliers, be an excellent team player and strong communicator. You’ll also possess:

  • Ability to buy your own product area and manage the buying critical path from start to finish
  • Strong organisation & administration skills, coupled with the ability to problem solve
  • The ability to prioritize effectively, work at pace, demonstrate an attention to detail with good numerical, planning and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage a fast paced work load & work as part of a team

Your benefits:
You’ll receive an excellent benefits package which includes colleague discount off your shopping, share save scheme & competitive pension. We also like to share our success; after all you made it happen, so every eligible colleague is also part of the Asda bonus scheme. The development opportunities are endless and we’ll support you every step of the way to help further your career.

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