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Associate Buyer - Concessions

Employer
Claire's
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
9 Aug 2021

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Sector
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

About the role:

The Associate Buyer, Merchandise Concessions will be specifically responsible for supporting in the delivery of key financial metrics for the department, such as sales, profit, margin, markdown and discount, with the core areas of responsibility being: Business Analysis/ Merchandising Strategy, Product Development, Manage Vendor Relationships, Build Relationships, Execution of Assistant Buyer tasks. The Associate Buyer, Merchandise Concessions plays as a key part in the business as they will support in looking for new trends and ideas and then turning those ideas into a commercial proposition for our customers.

The Associate Buyer, Merchandise Concessions will be specifically responsible for supporting in the delivery of key financial metrics for the department, such as sales, profit, margin, markdown and discount, with the core areas of responsibility being: Business Analysis/ Merchandising Strategy, Product Development, Manage Vendor Relationships, Build Relationships, Execution of Assistant Buyer tasks. The Associate Buyer, Merchandise Concessions plays as a key part in the business as they will support in looking for new trends and ideas and then turning those ideas into a commercial proposition for our customers.

Responsibilities

Build a tailored product offering conducive to each concession partner's space, fixture requirements, POG calendar, and category constraints consistent with financial plans and merchandising trends
Provide analytical creative and managerial support to the buyer
Visit concessions stores & competitors to review assortment & surface sales driving opportunities
Negotiate with vendors, both domestic and international, for price and delivery
Develop merchandise strategy with buyer/planner
Analyze business weekly with responsibility to report findings to upper management
Dotted line responsibility relationship with Assistant Buyer Concessions
Partner with merchandisers to evaluate plans by re-deploying inventory investment due to shifts in business to maximize financial plans
Work cross functionally across the entire business units to land the initiatives, onboarding new partners and driving sales opportunities
Creates and facilitates an effective work environment by coaching, developing and mentoring team, developing a common vision, setting clear objectives, modeling teamwork, recognizing and maintaining open communication
Conducts regular competitive shopping and reports back findings and relevant actions, utilizing all information necessary
Manages and oversee the critical path with the buying, merchandising and quality teams to ensure on time deliveryAbout you:

Bachelor's degree required
Experience in direct retail buying
Strong negotiation and organizational skills
Strong oral and written skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Flexibility and ability to follow through on assignment
Have a keen interest in all aspects of the fashion industry
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels across all sectors
Highly organized with the ability to prioritize workload
Travel as required
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