Junior Buyer - Connected Home &Electricals

West London, UK
13 Sep 2019
26 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
At QVC we know what we're doing, we've been doing it really well for twenty years. Our customers trust us and we get closer to them than other retailers. We understand them, we look after them.

We are looking for a Junior Buyer to join our growing and thriving Home Innovations team, looking after Home Electrical's it's a fast paced and diverse role and when we say that no two days are ever the same we are not kidding!

There's a lot to get passionate about as you will be able to work closely with some phenomenal World renowned Brands such as Apple, Samsung and Dyson; whilst helping us to constantly improve on our range.

Alongside your team you will build the range(s) to meet sales, margin and stock targets within a specific product/category area. Working closely with the Buyer, you will be responsible for your own categories. With these you will be buying and developing the ranges.

In this role YOU will:
  • source, select and secure a suitable range of products for QVC to fit the long term brand strategy, target market and meet sales targets ensuring the range is fresh, relevant and exciting for the customer
  • negotiate the best possible prices and conditions of trade.
  • lead and take accountability for product flow in and out of the business, ensuring delivery is meeting business requirements
  • To work closely with all relevant departments in order to develop a deep understanding of QVC operational requirements to aid buying decisions, including, but not limited to Planning, Broadcasting, Multi-channel and Distribution
  • be aware of inventory levels taking accountability for OTB and for the return to supplier (RTV) process, ensuring stock is returned in a timely manner
  • ensure Presenters are fully briefed on all product information prior to live shows to maximise sales
  • identify, negotiate and present key promotional products at Today's Special Value (TSV) meetings
  • identify, negotiate and present new concepts, brands and events at Business Strategy (BSM) meetings; and to support the Planning department with BSM presentations for existing concepts, brands and events
  • regularly meet/liaise with suppliers to review product performance and develop new concepts, ensuring products comply with QVC's long-term objectives and quality standards: and develop brand plans and share strategy with suppliers
  • develop supplier relationships, keeping abreast of new trends and competitor activity, and taking advantage of new ideas/concepts and products
  • Take the lead role in supervising the Buyers Assistant(s) and/or Merchandising Administrators

The ideal person in this role will be required to have good product understanding to enable you to prepare Guest Presenters before a live show. Strong interpersonal skills are important, as you will be the main point of contact for suppliers, as well as liaising with other departments within the organisation. Experience of liaising with suppliers is required. In this role we would expect a high level of self- awareness as well as a flexible outlook.

You should ideally have Buying experience within a head office environment, ideally at Junior Buyer level. It is essential for the successful applicant to have a deep understanding and experience of handling a critical path. Market awareness with a real passion for product and an understanding of the retail buying function are both key. Good PC skills are necessary for this role, especially Microsoft Word and Excel. Strong presentation skills are important.

If you are still reading and have a never say die attitude with a passion for buying, QVC will see you as a trusted expert in your field and will give you the autonomy to buy, own and market your product.

Occasional travel may be required within the UK and Europe.

At QVC we see it like this, you spend a third of your life in work, so work happy* Live better!

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