Buyer - Footwear - Dorothy Perkins

Recruiter
Arcadia Group Limited
Location
Covent Garden
Posted
02 Nov 2017
Closes
16 Nov 2017
Sector
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

A Bit About

With over 100 years of heritage we are synonymous with providing ‘Lovely Affordable Fashion’ for the 25-35 year old woman. The Dorothy Perkins customer loves fashion and takes a close interest in the new trends, with quality, fit and price also being key.

The Role

Develop in conjunction with the Merchandiser, Designer and Technologist, a commercial and credible range.

What You'll Be Doing Day to Day

  • Develop an exciting and credible range; creating a balance between commercial and high fashion product
  • Seasonal sign offs (four times a year)
  • Source from China, Far East and Europe
  • Multi-channel approach: External business, Wholesale, International focus
  • Develop and enhance existing Shoe strategy
  • Build a broad understanding of the DP customer profile, ensuring that her needs and wants are met within the range
  • Work effectively with the Merchandiser to drive department sales and profit; focussing on meeting customer needs, whilst planning and developing for the future
  • Build and maintain key relationships with the supply base in order to achieve maximum flexibility and reliability
  • Work with the Design team to develop product in line with current trends and the DP customer
  • Manage and develop the team to deliver optimum performance
  • Demonstrate a pro-active approach to product quality e.g. identifying and resolving issues early on

Must Haves

  • Footwear background with solid experience of buying cemented shoes
  • Experience sourcing shoes from China/Far East (Europe desirable but not essential)
  • Self-starter
  • Strong fashion eye
  • Sound technical knowledge
  • Strategic thinking
  • Proactive in seeking out new opportunities and reacting quickly to trends
  • In-depth knowledge of the market/competition and an ability to gather and use relevant internal and external information to make commercial decisions
  • Ability to influence and communicate effectively at all levels
  • Strong people management skills
  • Can perform under pressure and operate in a fast past environment

The Exciting Part

  • Generous holiday with holiday trading
  • 25% staff discount
  • Early finish summer hours
  • Access to sample sales
  • Regular team and company social events
  • Pension scheme
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loan

We regret, due to volume, only suitable applicants will be contacted.

You’ll find every Arcadia brand shares the same values. We all start with letting people be themselves. We are informal while professional, and we are all about mixing fun with commercial nous. Throughout your career with us we will help you develop, and give you the chance to influence our future. It's not only our products but our people who drive our success. Our people are at the heart of everything we do.


This job was originally posted as www.retailchoice.com/job/77337793