Buyer- Outerwear, Knitwear and Accessories
COMPANY STATEMENT:Yours Clothing is a plus size womens wear retailer that provides the best value on the UK high street and internet. Our continued success comes from us listening to our customers and delivering fashion products at the right price. Our environment is fast paced, ever evolving and full of excitement. Yours Clothing continues to expand and become the number one plus size fashion womenswear retailer in the UK.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
To implement the sourcing and buying strategy for a given range of product, owning and supporting the delivery of agreed target KPI’s. Working in partnership with merchandiser and garment tech team to plan and balance the range.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:·Manage the buying team ensuring targets are identified and met·Ensure that supply base has the capability to meet requirements·Negotiate with suppliers for best price whilst maintaining product integrity and standards in production·Understand and contribute towards brand and product handwriting·Ensure that agreed levels of good, better and best product are bought·Review competitor activity and ensure customer / competitor benchmarking completed·Understand profit and intake margin strategy focussing on achieved margin targets·Continually drive newness and initiative, maximising sales and minimising risk·Challenge and manage underperformance where necessary·Work with garment tech to take joint responsibility for fit and quality·Regularly visit stores and work closely with retail colleagues·Work with supply base/ wider buying team to source and develop new product opportunities·Secure dates for product sign-off at appropriate points in the season·Oversee the critical path management for the department·Assist in driving marketing and trading activity via Press & POS·Ensure Competency Reviews are completed and Personal Development plans are developed and kept live with the buying team·Work with the HR team to ensure that the teams are developed to the required skill levels·Develop a broader business interest to support and work with the Buying Manager and Merchandising Director·Cascade strategic objectives to the wider teams·Work alongside the buying teams to ensure that agreed looks and colour palettes are developed and delivered with consistency·Develop and share best practice across the buying floor·Ensure that communication of issues and developments to the Buying Manager is timely, consistent and in the appropriate format·Undertaking project work when required ·Ensure that key events are planned, monitored and delivered e.g. Windows, Colour palette or Key block launches and POS·Growth of online product offer through internet exclusives
MEASURES OF SUCCESS:·Deliver a profitable range in a timely manner·Develop a range which works visually alongside other products to agreed guidelines·Build and motivate a professional and respected team·Work within budget to increase sales whilst reducing markdown
RESOURCES AVAILABLE:·Assistant Buyer / and/or Buying Administration Assistant·Brand support from Marketing team·Strategic guidance and direction from Management team·External design and print input
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT:To operate in an open and even handed manner with all colleagues across the business. Treat all who we interact with, with courtesy and respect, treating everyone equally and embracing differences. Encourage everyone to achieve maximum potential and deliver a friendly serviceTo proactively contribute to teamwork and cross-functional working. To listen to each other and share knowledge enabling us to willingly combine expertise across the businessBehaving with integrity and demonstrating professionalism at all times. To always do what is right.To take personal responsibility & accountability for actions, constantly striving to improve and exceed expectations ensuring safety and quality are never compromised.
KEY SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:·Strong commercial awareness and minimum of 2 years at Buyer Level·Tangible knowledge of putting together a profitable range·Effective communicator, presenter and team player·Ability to adopt a flexible approach when required and to think swiftly·Relevant technical experience for a given product range·Experience of working with suppliers on a landed and direct basis·Far East travel and factory based negotiations essential
Because of the changing nature of our business your job description will inevitably change. You will, from time to time, be required to undertake other activities of a similar nature that fall within your capabilities as directed by management.
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