Buying Manager - Homewares

Michael Page Retail
08 Mar 2018
17 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

My client is currently recruiting for a Buying Manager - Homewares within their new and exciting team. They are undergoing a large expansion plan and need a highly commercial Senior Buyer to join their team.

Client Details

My client is a rapidly growing homewares retailer who are expanding into new markets and re-defining the current retail market. They are a highly creative and forward thinking business and need someone who is willing to be a part of their journey.


As the buying manager in Orpington you will manage and drive the creative and process functions of the buying cycle across the total department, with additional buying accountability. You will lead you team through the key stages of the buying process by planning all strategy, range review and sign off processes and critical path whilst ensuring partnership decisions are supported by the Merchandise managers. You will ensure you are the key link between the strategy and parameters set by the Head of Buying whilst communicating recommendations of the Buyers and Junior Buyers to ensure a collaborative and cohesive buying plan is maintained.

As the Buying Manager - Homewares, you will have an established background as an existing manager level or Senior Buyer ready for the next challenge with a flair and passion. You will be a strong team leader and mentor with a solid knowledge of the furniture industry and particularly strong product experience within Dining and occasional furniture. You will be creative, innovative with a highly commercial approach to drive forward the department to achieve sales targets and margin. You must be a strong negotiator and have the ability to influence those around you whilst creating strong cross functional relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

*Accountable for the management of the buying cycle across the total furniture department.

*Driving growth through maximisation of range scale, new substrates, price points and style.

*Managing market observations and defining and developing exclusive product ranges that strategically are supported by thorough range analysis

*Maintaining and enhancing further product cohesion across sub departments

*Maximise sales opportunities both instore and online by showcasing of breadth of range.

*Considered and educational product knowledge to be cascaded simply and effectively through to the retail team and consumer.

*Managing store, customer service and quality manager's feedback via Supplier to ensure preventative actions are put in place.


The successful candidate within this Buying Manager - Homewares role you will have;

* Previous Buying experience at either Buying Manager or Senior Buyer level is essential

* Current Homewares product knowledge required

* A passion for creative product development and understanding of required quality and compliance expectations

* Strong analytical skills

* Excellent communication skills

* Self-motivation and the ability to work within a high pressured faced paced environment

* Strong organisational skills

* Flexibility in regards to travel needs of the business, you will be required to travel through the UK for store visits, European and Far East Travel.

* Full UK driving license required due to travel needs within department

Job Offer

£55,000 - £60,000 + excellent benefits package

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