• Senior Womenswear Buyer

    Job Locations UK-London
    Job ID
    2018-2381
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Buyer
    Salary
    £ in line with experience
    Type
    Permanent Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Senior Womenswear Buyer reports into the Brand Director with responsibility for supporting the commercial delivery of the Womenswear collections working hand-in-hand with the design team whilst managing a team of two. The focus of the role is to ensure a cohesive balanced collection that captures brand appropriate trends in line with brand DNA, suitable for a broad portfolio of worldwide retail stores and concessions. The successful candidate will have an elevated taste level and creative eye with strong numerical and analytical skills and a minimum 8 years’ buying experience within premium or luxury international fashion.

    Responsibilities

    PRODUCT

     

    Collection: Ensure a balanced collection is planned and delivered, which reflects the brand, maximises commercial opportunities and delivers continuous profit growth.

     

    Trading: Maximise commercial opportunities and minimise areas of risk by regularly reviewing performance and trends and reacting accordingly.

     

    Team: Bring a coaching mentality that supports the development and morale of the team, developing high performers that achieve great results.

     

    • The buying function is integral in delivering the product offer and liaises with and supports cross-functional departments (Design, Merchandising, Product Development, Production, Ecommerce and Retail) in producing the strongest Women’s Ready-to-Wear and Accessories collection for each market channel.
    • Manage the product offer from design inception through to consumer, ensuring a mix of trend, history and balance is integrated across each of the categories.
    • Support in the managing and achieving of the WW critical path, ensuring Design, PD and Production teams deliver to the calendar deadlines.
    • Support the Head of Women’s Buying & Merchandising, with constant and fluid communication on all key WW messages maintaining a 100% trust relationship. Help to deliver any important information across the business and deputise when required.
    • Provide strong leadership and direction and effectively influence overall business results.
    • Brand building and range shaping working to ensure a cohesive product offer.
    • Demonstrate product passion and understanding of the brand and DNA.
    • Ensure stock turn, sales and profits are met on a consistent basis, in line with the agreed strategy.

     

    DRIVING THE BUSINESS

     

    • Work with Merchandising team to deliver detailed range plans for the season communicating to Design in an appropriate and effective way.
    • Support B&M/Design team on a day to day basis.
    • Work with the Design team from design inception through to delivery to customer and ensure a consistent brand identity that is commercial, relevant, on trend and aspirational range is delivered.
    • Challenge the Design and Merchandising teams driving new and interesting brand appropriate product.
    • Contribute, prepare and support the Senior Buyer in Product presentations and range reviews with Design and Merchandising.
    • Drive product development and commerciality through involvement in fit sessions, fabric and colour choice.
    • Constantly review Womenswear market and external competitors, through regular comp shops and research, to ensure the collection that is delivered to market is appropriate.
    • Extensive research for new trends, colours and shapes appropriate to the brand, and feed into the design process for new season collections.
    • Review pricing architecture with Merchandising team to ensure the brand is competitive and relevant to the customer.
    • Gather constructive feedback from stores, VM and Retail and communicate effectively with relevant departments.
    • With the Buyer, oversee OE planning, ensuring we are using liability where appropriate. Manage approval and fits process to deliver the Outlet Range within critical path.
    • Work closely with VM and eCommerce to ensure the design process and aesthetics are represented through product placement and advertorial.
    • Support the B&M Manager and Head of Design with any relevant tasks.

     

    COMMERCIAL AWARENESS:

     

    • Awareness of financial targets understanding the building blocks of how they are to be delivered.
    • Show continual awareness of the global customer profile and reflect this in all activities and decisions.
    • Contribute commercial ideas and views, adding value to decisions made by the team.
    • Work with Design, Merchandising and Production to assess the size of trend, using past history and judgement to scope potential.
    • Use knowledge of store space and the different retail channels to ensure coordinated product is delivered to every area of the business working with Branch Merchandising and the multi-channel teams to realise potential.

     

    DECISION MAKING:

     

    • Analyse and interpret information from different sources quickly and accurately to make effective decisions.
    • Take difficult and business critical decisions confidently and accurately with the best interest of the business in mind.
    • Consider a range of options before forming views, actively seeking opinions from others to improve ideas.
    • Find logical and commercial solutions to problems, contributing to team problem solving.
    • Always consider the brand in every decision.
    • Review past decisions in light of new information.

    Qualifications

    • Senior Buyer with a balance of creativity and commercial acumen.
    • Batchelor’s Degree in Fashion Design/Fashion Business preferential
    • Minimum 8 years’ experience specialising in Womenswear Fashion ideally including UK and international brand experience.
    • Eye for trend driven and elevated fashion with experience in premium or luxury womenswear.
    • An energetic and inspirational individual with a demonstrable track record of introducing and managing process and system change.
    • Experience working with in-house Design and Product Development teams.
    • Proven expertise in setting strategies and thinking long term.
    • Proven success in achieving sales and profit targets, with excellent commercial acumen and budget management skills.
    • Analytical with the ability to set and monitor strict critical paths for all ranges.
    • Well established team management skills with the ability to motivate and develop staff at all levels.

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