At Debenhams, we are working hard to make sure that we continue to play an important part of the community with our stores anchoring shopping locations up and down the country. We are building on strong foundations; we hold leading market positions in key categories of fashion and beauty, we are one of the top 10 digital retailers in the UK and more than one in four of the population shops with us. Having recently come under new ownership with access to additional funding, we are now focusing all our efforts on building a stronger customer proposition; committed to becoming more of a Destination, to integrating Digital and to doing things Differently.
Assistant Buyer - Ladies Footwear (6 month FTC)
What you will be doing…
Within this role you will work closely with the Buying Manager throughout the full buying process including the end to end development of the ranges, using your strong product development and commercial acumen to effectively deliver to the target consumer with the aim of maximising sales and increasing profit potential. You’ll also oversee fit sessions, the critical path and sample management too, whilst working closely alongside the Design and Quality Assurance teams.
You will be required to negotiate with key suppliers to ensure that the diverse merchandise mix can succeed in a very competitive arena, as well as communicating effectively with the Merchandising colleagues on a daily basis.
There will be the opportunity to have ownership of your own Footwear ranges dependent upon your current ability level, as well as full development opportunities to grow your areas of responsibility.
What you will bring…
This is a fantastic opportunity for an Assistant Buyer with strong style and product development credentials to join a fast growing part of our business. You must have experience on footwear.
You'll be working with a close knit team and if you show the potential you will be able to buy/take care of your own category within the range.
You will have a footwear background and have experience in private label development. You will be trend and customer aware and display strong commercial acumen.
Strong communication, organisational and negotiation skills are essential and experience of managing more junior members of the team is essential.
What you will get in return…
To support Debenhams at this exciting time, our people need to demonstrate:
Energy – One Team – Ownership – Ambition
MAKE IT HAPPEN – MAKE IT BRILLIANT – WE’LL BACK YOU ALL THE WAY