Mountain Warehouse

  • Assistant Buyer - Hard Goods Opportunities

    Job Locations UK-London
  • 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 lookout 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.


    We are seeking experienced Trainee Assistant Buyers or Assistant Buyers looking to continue their career in a fast paced, challenging and rewarding team. Hard Goods is everything but Apparel and Footwear- this department is everything consisting of camping equipment, backpacks and travel bags and Active/lifestyle equipment! Its a growing department for Mountain Warehouse and we looking for a strong buyer to join the journey! If you have experience in Accessories, Home-ware or similar products this is the role for you!

    What you'll be doing

    • 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 in hard goods 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. 

    What's in it for you?

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


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