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Junior Buyer

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JOB OVERVIEW – Junior Buyer

To plan and deliver product ranges, through the development and sourcing of a commercial range in line with the brand vision, in order to successfully achieve sales, profit, margin and stock targets.
The Junior Buyer reports into the Buyer and is assigned specific categories for independent management with the support of the Buyer.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES & MEASURES OF SUCCESS
• Work with the Buyer and Assistant Merchandiser to create a Category Plan. Manage sales, stock, intake margin and markdown within agreed parameters to ensure that budgeted targets are achieved
• Deliver balanced and unique ranges for shops that are tailored to our different customer groups and the company's brand vision, by continually reviewing customer needs and feedback, market trends and fashions
• Work with key suppliers, attend relevant trade fairs and stay abreast of competitor activity to ensure that ranges remain relevant, and continue to evolve
• Deliver on time range launches through excellent management of the critical path and range building documents such as the Range Plan. Communicate with key business teams at all times throughout range building and trading, for example Marketing, Operations, Shop Communications etc.
• Create and communicate clear visual merchandising solutions for shops
• Develop new product ranges with key suppliers, progressing to the development of own brand products as required
• Work with the merchandising team to review weekly trading performance against budget and identify any issues and opportunities to pursue. Ensure that shop availability targets are achieved
• Conduct regular shop visits and build relationships with the Operational, field and shop teams
• Manage the supplier base, conducting regular performance reviews
• Assist the Buyer in range management and ad hoc tasks
• Always approachable and visible to the team providing support and coaching for junior team members as required
• Addresses difficult issues in an open and constructive way and asks appropriate questions
• Uses processes to get results and recognises when to go outside of the process
• Uses knowledge to develop practical solutions to problems

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
• A minimum of two years’ experience of buying paper products and gift, with a proven track record of delivering results
• Educated to degree level or equivalent
• Proficient in Excel, Office, Word and PowerPoint
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
• Ability to communicate effectively with the confidence to influence and engage at all levels
• Product, market and customer aware
• Ability to work under pressure in a fast moving dynamic retail environment
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to deliver results as an individual and within a team
• Have the ability to think and plan strategically
• Has a clear understanding of the supply chain
• Has prior experience of international sourcing and new product development, including own brand product and packaging

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