Senior Kidswear Buyer

Recruiter
Randstad Business Support
Location
Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Posted
11 Feb 2018
Closes
16 Feb 2018
Sector
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Senior Kidswear Buyer

Permanent

Location: Cardiff

My client a well known fashion retailer requires a Senior Kidswear Buyer to join their expanding team. Responsible for developing, sourcing and delivering a commercially focused range, whilst driving profit and enhancing the Peacock's brand position. In addition, the Senior role will provide a bridge between the Buyer and the Head of Buying. It will help drive consistency and best practice through training, communication and co-ordination of activities in order to create a centre of "buying excellence

Day to day duties:

* To support the Head of Buying in the development and delivery of a divisional Buying strategy
* Responsibility for identifying and setting a standard of excellence and best practice for buyers to strive for
* Drive regular departmental product reviews, ensuring coordination across departments in terms of themes, looks and colour palettes;
* Plans and build a commercial, product driven range whilst achieving margin targets as set by company;
* Operates an effective and timely product sign off process, in line with the critical path and planning cycle;
* Responsibility for ensuring that the product reflects the brand strategy and that the range development is without gaps or duplication;
* Ensures that the brand standards in both quality and value are maintained, and that the range is benchmarked against high street competitors in terms of fashionability and pricing;
* Responsibility for developing and maintaining an in-depth, customer focused knowledge of varying markets and trends;
* Establishes key relationship with Design and QA, in order to actively develop brand 'handwriting' and communicate key product direction and trends;
* Ensures that the correct level of newness/fashionability is present, and that volume lines are maximised and 'moved on' at the appropriate time.
* Take responsibility with the Buying teams for ensuring that orders are placed in an accurate, consistent and timely manner, in line with all agreed systems and processes.
* Works with Head of Buying to analyse supply base, in order to identify risks and opportunities and to develop solutions and/or make recommendation as appropriate;
* Takes responsibility for building and maintaining strong supplier relationships, in order to drive out consistent processes and to strive for best practice partnerships;
* Actively source's new suppliers, in order to strengthen supply base and meet changing departmental requirements;
* Takes responsibility for deputising for the Head of Buying at commercial & trading meetings as required;
* Analyse's trading patterns in the absence of the Head of Buying and takes responsibility for communicating findings to the team, in order to react to unforeseen sales reactions;
* Provides a view on current key trade activity that could potentially affect the brand and develops solutions as appropriate;
* Works closely with Regional Managers in order to highlight trading opportunities and/or risks, communicating back to department as appropriate;

* Build relationships across peer group in order to drive performance through effective teamwork.
* Collates and circulates information across the Buying teams in relation to key business strategies, emerging trends and general business issues that might affect the company;
* Works with the Marketing Dept. to develop strong and consistent marketing messages, brand image and Visual Merchandising strategies;
* Assists the Head of Buying, in order to meet agreed deadlines for the Visual Merchandising calendar.

Competitive Salary with excellent Company benefits

Randstad Business Support acts as an employment business when supplying temporary staff and as an employment agency when introducing candidates for permanent employment with a client. Randstad Business Support is an equal opportunities employer and decisions are made on merits alone

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