Footwear Buyer- Premium ladieswear brand

London, South East England
09 Jul 2017
08 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
The Role:

As a Footwear Buyer, you will help develop a credible and commercial product range for all channels of our Global multi-channel business, editing the range to drive profit. The role will give you the opportunity to manage a small team and be responsible for the overall delivery of footwear, which is a critical category in our range.
Role and Responsibilities:

*Responsible for the overall delivery of a profitable and commercial range. You will be re-sponsible for buying all Own Label Footwear and Accessories, negotiating prices and will have a strong working relationship with Merchandising, Design & Technical.

*Responsible for developing and planning the Footwear range. Driving Product selection meetings focusing on key areas to drive the range forward. Devising and leading the sea-sonal buying strategy and developing a global pricing and product strategy.

*Responsible for gathering competitor data and review competitor activity. Utilise all availa-ble market Data to identify trends and assess competition to unsure delivery of optimum product offer

*Work effectively with other buyers and suppliers to proactively align the critical path to achieve Buying strategy.

*Ensure the product lifecycle is managed effectively, building strong working relationships with all parties.

*Work effectively with Design resource to ensure the range each season has sufficient newness to excite and delight the customer

*Liaising with suppliers from sample briefing through to delivery.

*Working closely with the Merchandisers to ensure options are filled and margin targets are met and OTB is reviewed.
*Negotiating prices and managing lead-times to ensure product are launched online in time and delivered in store working closely with merchandising to problem solve deliveries that may impact delivery.

*Responsible for driving trading solutions, reacting to sales and identifying commercial solu-tions

*Lead and develop junior members of the team.

Skills and Experience

*The successful candidate will be an established Footwear buyer working in lady's fashion retail-ing (ideally3- 4 years' experience at this level) with a proven track record in delivering results looking for a fresh challenge

*You must have experience working with Suppliers in the Far East as well as European suppliers

*Although not essential would be advantageous is had experience in accessories purchasing

*Demonstration of commercial aptitude and a creative eye with an awareness of current trends and the Retail environment

*Ability to effectively prioritise workload

*Very organised with strong analytical skills

*Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with colleagues, suppliers and others at all levels