Reporting into the Head of Womenswear Buying we are seeking a passionate, hands-on, multi-talented Assistant Buyer to focus on our Womenswear multi-product ranges for Mountain Warehouse
What you'll be doing
Buy part of the Womenswear range focusing on Outerwear & accessories as well as assisting in seasonal range plan development
Analysing customer buying patterns,
Work with your Head of buying to maximize profits and provide a commercially viable range of merchandise at competitive prices.
Assisting in regularly reviewing stock, sales and orders and react with necessary urgency to ensure sales, stock & profit targets are achieved;
Maintaining relationships with suppliers.
Liaising with other departments within the organization to ensure projects are completed;
Participating in promotional activities, helping the buying and merchandising team to identify slow moving stock, suggesting marks downs or promotions,
Creating style books for products, identify when to update trim labels, fabrications and packaging, and liaise with graphic designer to ensure a consistent brand image;
Managing the critical path, monitoring all orders from initial product development through to delivery, ensuring the smooth running of the development process, maintaining delivery schedules and key deadlines throughout;
Working alongside QC when creating style books so that correct specs and CAD’s are received,
Lab dip and trim approvals and feeding back to suppliers, after collecting fit and quality info from QC.
Training and mentoring BAA in the team.
Attend fit meetings with QC and models, making suggestions on fit, styling, trims etc, as well as signing off sample
We would love to meet someone with
Someone who can demonstrate accountability for their range
You will have relevant experience in an assistant buyer role (doesn’t have to be the same product type) within a retail chain
Experience of fully managing the critical path for your department
Be aware of competitors and help to try and keep MW the best value on the high street
Confident approach to offer suggestions on the type and quantity of product
Good interpersonal skills – able to build and manage relationships with colleagues and suppliers, communication is key at all times
Strong Excel skills or equivalent in terms of calculating margin.
Commercial and keeps up to date and aware of market trends, changes in demand
Able to fully understand customer needs and demands (e.g. price, quality, availability)
Strong time management skills and able to prioritize as this is a never-ending job and there will always be more to be done
Someone ambitious who is looking to grow with the company and always striving for improvements in all aspects of the business, is innovative and forward thinking
Able to deal with ambiguity in a fast pace environment with changing demands.
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At Mountain Warehouse we have been developing the very best outdoor gear for all the family since 1997.
Unlike other outdoor retailers, we don’t carry lots of different brands. In fact, almost all the products we sell through our stores and website are exclusive to Mountain Warehouse – you won’t find them anywhere else.
Why do we do this? Well, by designing our own top quality products and having them made to our exacting standards, we can cut out the middleman. So that means you get the exact same quality, but at significantly lower prices than you’ll find at other shops.
We have well located and well stocked stores where you and your family can get straightforward advice from our knowledgeable, friendly staff. In most of our stores you can even bring your dog in too! Everything we do is focused on serving our growing group of customers who like what we have to offer: the best gear, the best service and the best prices.
We would love it if you joined them.