Mountain Warehouse

  • Junior Buyer - Apparel & Hard Goods opportunities

    Job Locations UK-London
    ID
    2018-1217
  • Overview

    Mountain Warehouse is currently going through a massive growth period with a large number of store openings yearly and growth in size by over 20% year on year. We are currently the No1 outdoor retailer in the UK and are constantly on the look out for bright ambitious and hardworking individuals to join our team. We’re always on the lookout for buying talent so please submit your application if you would like to be considered for a future opportunity with a growing international retailer.

    What you'll be doing

    • Assisting in seasonal range plan development - analyzing customer buying patterns, forecasting sales and predicting future trends, presenting findings in reports and presentations in a clear and logical format, this will include ratio calculations for size and colour;
    • Buying for three key territories which include the UK, EU and North America.
    • 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, as well as coordinating promotions and clearance events in store;
    • 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;
    • Managing sample process ensuring all designs and fabrications are executed correctly, meeting brand requirements;
    • 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 the AB and BAA in the team.
    • Approving PTS, for shipments.
    • Attend fit meetings with QC and models, making suggestions on fit, styling, trims etc.., as well as signing off sample
    • Opportunity to travel to the Far East twice a year for supplier visits.

    We would love to meet someone with

    • You will have relevant experience in an assistant buyer role (doesn’t have to be the same product type) within a retail chain or equivalent looking for a step up.
    • Outerwear or footwear buying experience is very beneficial.
    • Experience of fully managing the critical path for your department
    • Commercial approach to business critical decisions
    • 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 for the department given the budgeted OTB
    • Good interpersonal skills – able to build and manage relationships with colleagues and suppliers, communication is key at all times
    • Strong IT skills most importantly in Excel or equivalent
    • 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

    What's in it for you?

    • Competitive salary and benefits
    • Holiday allowance
    • 50% staff discount & 25% for family and friends
    • Pension scheme

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