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Assistant Buyer

25,918 P.A. ?
Location: South West London
Company: Mountain Warehouse
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Assistant Buyer - Accessories

We are seeking an enthusiastic, resourceful, hardworking Assistant Buyer to grow with the company and add value to our team. An exceptional eye for detail is necessary, as is the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships across all areas of the business.

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 at assistant buyer level (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.

What's in it for you?

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

In 1997, we launched Mountain Warehouse to make the outdoors accessible to everyone by offering value for money product and exemplary customer service.
The outdoor industry had become very jargon heavy and we wanted to create a brand that would cater to our mothers and our neighbour’s kids as well as seasoned professionals who understood the technology.
Our expansion since then has seen the brand grow and the product evolve, but the small family business that makes MW special has remained. Great product is at the heart of everything we do.
As we expand internationally we employ a team of dedicated diverse people to offer our valued customers the best possible experience when visiting our stores, shopping online and putting our range through its paces.
Welcome to our journey.

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