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Assistant Buyer

Closing date
15 Jul 2022

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Adanola is an everyday active lifestyle brand. Bridging the gap between fashionable and functional clothing, we design and create products that can be worn for all everyday activities. Adanola is based in Manchester UK, but has a very strong and well engaged global community, with over 280k social media followers.

We are looking for an Assistant Buyer to join our rapidly growing team at our Manchester HQ. The successful candidate will be responsible for driving the success of the department within Adanola. This will include constantly reviewing the critical path to ensure that department targets are met, deliveries arrive on time, and ensure the product is approved. You will be an integral part of our team responsible for creating trend-driven product ranges for our customers.

Role responsibilities
  • Support and assist the Buyers in delivering the Buying strategy for the Business
  • Working closely with the Merchandising team and with guidance of BM/Buyer to manage and deliver the strategy for their department
  • Ensuring that their department ranges are bought and delivered in time with the Buying Critical Path and within OTB requirements
  • Working closely with the merchandising team to achieve target intake margins/sales and profit plan with the direction from BM/Buyer
  • Using sales and performance information to suggest areas for maximizing all sales opportunities
  • Supporting the BM/Buyer; to help build a commercially viable product range that reflects the brand image and current trends
  • Understands market with strong competitor awareness
  • Manage supplier critical path to ensure deliveries are on time
  • Negotiate with Suppliers inside and outside the UK
  • Fit and approve all new samples
  • Maintain all aspects of the critical path
  • Update delivery schedule accurately and reviewing in conjunction with the critical path
  • Chasing through payments of supplier deposits and invoices with accounts to maintain critical path
  • Chasing late deliveries with suppliers
  • Creating Skus and raising all new orders
  • Look after sample management for their department, including sample room, filing, and collating photoshoot samples under Buyers supervision
  • Working with the production team to help get all samples personalised for eCom shoots under supervision

Essential skills and experience
  • Currently operating at Assistant Buyer level with a solid buying career to-date within a fast fashion brand
  • Outstanding commercial awareness, with a creative eye for product and trends
  • Good time management skills with the ability to plan, organise and prioritise tasks under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Be a team player, understanding priorities and work load of other departments
  • Excellent communication and networking skills at all levels
  • Proven management skills, with the ability to coach and develop junior members of the team

Why Adanola?
  • Bonus structure for all employees
  • Day off on birthday
  • 25-day holiday minimum
  • Flexible workplace
  • Monthly well-being allowance
  • Work with a vibrant team
  • Generous staff discount
  • Pension scheme available
  • Regular team socials
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