Footwear Buyer - Dorothy Perkins

Arcadia Group Limited
Covent Garden
11 Jan 2018
10 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
A Bit About Us

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.

  • 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

  • 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 trading25% staff discountEarly finish summer hoursAccess to sample salesRegular team and company social eventsPension schemeCompany bonus schemeInterest free season ticket loanWe regret, due to volume, only suitable applicants will be contactedWe 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.

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