Our client is a $6 billion turnover retailer based in Asia with close to 1200+ stores , with a phenomenal growth rate (double digit) . They are looking to set up a new retail format in the mid-premium segment and are seeking a new Head of Buying & Merchandising to lead this large scale project.
The ideal candidate will be senior Buying and Merchandising leader with strong product and business sense in the ‘mid high street’ segment, ideally with solid experience in the UK or American high street.
Head of Buying & Merchandising: The role:
You will be responsible for:
-Leading the Buying and Merchandising strategy across all categories (apparels, accessories), managing a turnover close to a billion dollars to start with
-Leading the entire product strategy for a new mid-premium format
-Setting up the team , appoint category heads and take full ownership of seasonal buying strategies to drive volume and OTB
-Set performance benchmarks in buying, sourcing practices, ensuring the highest standards in quality and sustainability
-Taking ownership of branded as well as private labels , establish go to market strategy for all new launches
-Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer
Head of Buying & Merchandising: The ideal candidate:
The ideal candidate is someone from a buying and merchandising background in a leadership position, ideally within large retail organisations and preferably within the ‘mid high street'/mid-premium category/ segment, within UK/USA high streets.
You will be willing to take on a new challenge and be the key driver of the product strategy
You will be excited about being part of the core leadership team of a very large conglomerate and have your signature on the rollout of a new retail format
You will be a solid leader, would have managed multi category teams across menswear, womenswear, kidswear
You will have a global mindset, be able to take a fresh view on new markets, new trends
You will be highly commercial and competitive, be ahead of the curve and a visionary from a product strategy point of view.
You will have a sharp business acumen and a broad skill set in management within large matrix structures
What is on offer:
Life as an expat with my client is fantastic. They take pride in being ‘more than competitive’ in pay packages with generous benefits and lifestyle options in the heart of a very lush and modern expat friendly city.
For a full brief, please speak to our Search Director Poulami Bhattacharya in confidence.