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Assistant Buyer / Category Manager

London, UK
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27 Jan 2021

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Assistant Buyer/Category Manager

A global powerhouse within the IT industry are looking for an Assistant Buyer / Category Manager to join their team in London on an 18 month contract - The successful candidate will be onboarded remotely due to Covid restrictions.

A successful Assistant Buyer will be responsible for helping the category buyer to build and grow business. This includes helping to drive the assortment, promotions and relationships necessary to build upon our existing merchandising strategy for both the brick-and-mortar and online store efforts. As we expand our store base and continue to improve our experiences online, an effective multi-channel business strategy is pivotal to our success. Effectively assorting the right products for the stores means striking a fine balance between establishing a unique and innovative selection to drive interest and traffic and a selection of product that will drive meaningful increases in revenues and affinity for the stores.

An Assistant Buyer needs to possess a solid track record of effort, results and a passion for technology. We're looking someone who loves finding the latest and greatest new technology products and has an interest and desire to learn how to be a merchant.

Key responsibilities include:

Assist category buyer with product assortment for stores
Comp shopping
Item set up
Promo set up
Run and maintain a variety of reports to help analyse the business
Maintain category promotion calendar (rolling 12 months)
Participate in supplier calls and meetings to help run the business
Track and monitor technology blogs to ensure we are staying ahead of the curve on products and trends Success in this role will be measured by:

Category sales/ revenue growth
Increasing profitability of category
Customer satisfaction with merchandise selection
Consistent visibility to pricing in market
Accuracy of item and promotional set ups
Timely assortment of innovative product
Best in class Assortment
Build and maintain strategic OEM relationshipsCandidates should have the following:

Self-supportive and desire to learn
Strong Microsoft Office experience
Excellent communication skills
Demonstrated track record of driving results with integrity
Principled and transparent approach to decision making and communications
Keen knowledge and ability to effectively analyse / apply findings about industry dynamics
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate across organisational boundaries
Passionate interest in technology and productsHuntress Search Ltd acts as a Recruitment Agency in relation to all Permanent roles and as a Recruitment Business in relation to all Temporary roles.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK
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