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Head of Buying

Head of Buying - Menswear

Key Accountabilities

Strategy:

  • To own with the Head of Merchandising the commercial product assortment, meeting our customer requirements across each Store-group.
  • Presentation of key strategic vision for the business with regards to product trends and direction covering fabrication, colour and fit trends.
  • Ensure margin targets are achieved and provide a strategic vision of both short and long-term margin potential.
  • To own the build, revision and delivery of the product plan for your own business area, to deliver a profitable and commercial range that maximises every sales opportunity.
  • Ensure the delivery of the right product at the right time in-line with the Divisional design brief and merchandise/buying strategy to meet evolving customer requirements.  Driving consistency in delivery across all store-groups.
  • Analysing consumer buying patterns and predicting future market trends that are relevant for the business, by analysing competition and utilising trend forecasting tools.
  • Managing the supply chain effectively building relationships and sourcing new suppliers as and when required.
  • Creation, delivery and review of the Buying Supply strategy; Quality, Lead time, Price.

People:

  • To support, coach and guide the Buying team to deliver both the business and team individuals’ objectives.  Every team member to have a clear set of agreed personal objectives at all times.
  • Development of the buying teams career progression and a continually refined succession plan.
  • Motivate and lead the Buying team (direct and indirect reports at all levels)
  • Align department resources with areas of growth and profitability.
  • Liaising with functions across the business with an emphasis on merchandising, retail operations and sales teams to understand issues, requirements, clearly managing expectations and priorities.
  • Ensure any system changes and updates are managed and understood and any training is provided for the team as required.
  • Development of the buying teams career progression and a continually refined succession plan.
  • Be responsible for the recruitment of key & strong candidates for your won area of business who can be developed within the organization, ensuring the development and retention of department members
  • Ensure teams provide excellent service to stores and other departments

Trade & Planning:

  • The continual review of key performance indicators such as sales, discount levels and net achieved margin, and the setting of commercial strategies to ensure delivery within the business framework.
  • Work with the Retail team to monitor and then optimise the trade-off between improvements in stock / working capital / markdown vs better stock availability and sales growth.
  • Understand progress within the supply chain to ensure approvals and decisions are taken at key times to ensure on time garment delivery.
  • Manage changes in demand and logistical changes as and when they arise.

Additional responsibility:

  • Effectively manage the sample and travel budgets for the department ensuring budgeted levels are not overspent unless authorised.
  • Manage external working relationships including host store and key stakeholders.
  • Ensure quality control level is achieved working with QA and technical teams.
  • Manage trim stocks effectively – in line with the agreed business stock targets.
  • Management of critical path to ensure desired garment delivery dates are achieved setting out a clear seasonal buying calendar for range development and sign off.
  • Ensure any system changes and updates are managed and understood and any training is provided for the team as required.

Qualifications:

  • Relevant Degree or similar qualification

Experience:

  • At least 5 years working in a senior Buying role within Menswear, ideally men’s formal wear.
  • Management and leadership experience essential with a proven track record of managing a team to deliver commercially relevant, on-trend clothing.

Circa £60,000 + bupa + bonus

Head of Buying

Leeds, UK
Permanent
Manager

Published on 6 Dec 2019