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Head of Buying - Lookfantastic

Location:
Manchester Airport
Company:
The Hut Group

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About The Hut Group:

THG is one of the world's fastest growing and largest online retailers. We have over a decade of experience building and growing brands in the Beauty and Wellness sectors, in over 160 markets. We create brilliant digital brand experiences and our in-house team design, develop and build a bespoke proprietary technology platform that is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

With a world-class business, a proprietary technology platform, and disruptive business model, our ambition is to be the global digital leader.

Our culture is fast-paced and ambitious - we like to move twice as fast others believe to be possible. This belief is a fundamental part of the DNA that has supported our incredible growth. Our people are our strength and we have over 4,000 diverse, smart thinkers across the globe who are encouraged to think creatively and empowered to turn their ideas into actions.

To support our ambitious growth, we are looking for commercially astute, ambitious individuals that can bring fresh and innovative thinking to THG and play a part in driving the Group forward on its truly exciting journey.

About the Division:

Lookfantastic is Europe's No1 Online Destination for Premium Beauty. Our mission is to empower people globally to look and feel fantastic every day. To enable us to do this we have offices across the UK, Europe, America and Australia filled with passionate beauty fanatics who are committed to delivering rapid growth in this exciting industry. We work with over 800 of the world's greatest beauty brands such as MAC, Kerastase, GHD, Tom Ford and YSL to bring our customers the widest offering of beauty products from around the globe. Passion, innovation and commitment are key characteristics in this ever expanding team as we strive to become the Worlds No1 Online.

About the Role:

Responsible for managing the Lookfantastic buying team, we are looking for a Head of Buying to manage the teams across our Haircare, Skincare, Cosmetics, Tooling and Fragrance categories. You will be responsible for relationship management across all beauty partners, maximising sales and margins, developing the ranges and driving continual growth across the Lookfantastic brand globally.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the supply base to maximise sales and margins, developing the ranges and driving continual growth
  • P&L responsibility and management across all brands
  • Liaising with the trading teams to make sure all products, ranges and promotions are planned and presented correctly
  • Stock management through pricing and promotion, utilising our replenishment model to drive availability
  • Recruiting new and exciting Beauty brands to work with Lookfantastic
  • Developing promotional plans and obtaining optimal space onsite, on emails and through affiliate partners
  • Negotiating optimum trading terms with new and existing suppliers
  • Completing regular competitor analysis to ensure our ranges and prices are in line with the current market
  • Coaching and developing team members to reach their full potential within the business
  • Reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of promotions, taking appropriate action where necessary
  • Develop, implement and deliver brand plans including range reviews, promotions and pricing ensuring consistency with commercial strategy

Requirements

  • Experienced Buyer or senior level Account Manager, ideally within the beauty industry
  • Strong track record of management and delivery
  • Experience in managing and partnering with brands spanning a range of sizes
  • Ability to coach and mentor junior members in the team, ensuring their professional development
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Commercially focused

Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Company pension scheme
  • Onsite Doctor
  • Employee discounts

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