Who we areBig things are happening at Topps Tiles. As Britain’s largest specialist tile retailer, selling only the very best quality on-trend products, £1 of every £3 spent in the UK domestic tile market is spent with us. We’ve just opened our 350th store and hit record sales of £215m. And we’re as big on career opportunities as we are on outstanding service and great value. After all, it’s brilliant, friendly, knowledgeable people that make us special. Right now we’re on a journey of exciting growth, as we build on seven consecutive years of success – there’s never been a better time to join the Topps Tiles family.SummaryWe have an exciting opportunity for a Retail Buyer to join our Commercial team. Reporting to the Buying Manager, this role delivers the buying and ranging strategy through carrying out the sourcing plan within the prescribed category delivering the right product at the right time for customers with maximum cost effectiveness. The RoleTo promote best practice and working relations with the store networkTo ensure that the customer is able to buy from a wide range of products and rangesIdentify range opportunities with the Buying ManagerTo provide the link between the supply chain and distributionTo enhance supplier relationships and promote brandReview current sourcing methods and suppliers to ensure value for money and ethical sourcingTo provide the business with real time data on competition, current trends and fashionEnsure business risk to currency and region is effectively managedTo review the price point structure and create a range architectureTo ensure a market leading range based on colour, design quality and style at all timesTo source ‘exclusive’ ranges bespoke for Topps customersEnsure good exit plan for discontinued stockImprove gross margin and category salesReduce stock capacityOverall accountability for product spendThe PersonStrong retail buying experience and a proven track record of over achievementCommercially astute and highly numerateHighly developed influencing and negotiation techniquesSuccess in developing healthy long term supplier relationshipsStrong planning, organisation and time management skillsAbility to coach, develop and mentor a Junior BuyerInternational sourcing experienceAble to undertake overseas travelConstructively challenge opinions and status quoDemonstrate creative thinking, use of initiative and ‘thinking outside the box’Professional and collaborative in approach, able to develop strong working relationships internallyA strong interest in home improvements and interior designWhat we’ll do for youIn a culture where hard work is recognised and great results are rewarded, you can look forward to a company bonus that will give you a share of our success - up to 30% of your base salary. Then there’s a generous staff discount, a Share Save scheme, pension and life assurance, a holiday allowance that increases with length of service and a wide range of other benefits. Plus flexible working, free on-site parking, generous discounts on products and services and more. A lot more. We’re committed to promoting talent from within too, which means you’ll be well-supported to build a rewarding career with an individual development plan and lots of training on offer.