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Accessories/Gifts, Bath & Body Buyer - Womenswear Retailer

Job Title: Accessories/Gifts, Bath & Body Buyer - Womenswear Retailer
Contract Type: Full Time
Location: South West London, London
Salary: £60000.00 - £70000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits Package
REF: 1702_1519740770
Contact Name: Shelley Pinto
Contact Email:
Job Published: 10 months ago

Job Description

We have a fantastic new opportunity for a Gift/Accessories, Bath and Body Buyer who is looking for a new challenge to join a dynamic and fashionable retailer. Due to overwhelming popularity and continued growth, they are looking to recruit a buyer to focus on their accessories and gifting products.

The ideal candidate will have a background ideally within this product area from a retail environment. As a key member of the buying team, you will be able to demonstrate commercial awareness, creativity, and a real passion for accessories.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Being proactive and analytical to introduce new products in line with the brand's current products and trends
  • Participating towards the development and implementation of new products
  • Being responsible for strategic planning and negotiating prices to ensure costs are in line with the budget
  • Managing and developing strong relationships with current and potential suppliers
  • Maximising profit and managing markdown spend to ensure it is kept to a minimum
  • Monitoring performance against the team training programme, highlighting areas for improvement
  • Providing support for all areas including trade meetings, margin, product development, samples, cost, delivery, approval of production and trend analysis
  • Working closely with the merchandising team on strategic planning
  • Managing the critical path by chasing in development samples, carrying out approvals and fits and dealing with any queries, to ensure shipment dates are met and availability is maximised
  • Inputting into cross functional activity as required e.g. retail operations, visual merchandising, e-com, and warehouse
  • Attending supplier and trade fairs

Person requirements:

Previous retail experience buying gifts, bath and body and accessories is essential for this role.

  • Excellent analytical skills and highly numerate
  • A high level of computer literacy, including keyboard skills (Excel)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise and react positively to working under pressure and with changing demands
  • Adaptable, flexible, enthusiastic, with an open-minded approach
  • A keen team player with a willingness to help others and the ability to work independently to achieve team and individual goals