The role of an Assistant Buyer is to support the Buyer in the delivery of the Buying calendar, at the same time leading and developing the Buying Administrator(s). Keeping abreast of competitor activity and communicating recommendations to the Buyer, Assistant Buyer's also maintain and develop communications with Branches and Suppliers, ensuring that responsible sourcing, due diligence and product safety requirements are met.
Assist the Buyer to deliver a distinctive, authoritative and outstanding assortment that will maximise sales and profit contribution.
Leads, develops and motivates the Buying Administrator(s).
Maintains effective partnerships with suppliers and monitors their performance, recommending corrective action to the Buyer when necessary in order to deliver performance targets.
Processes product samples to meet range development deadlines.
Regularly visits Branches to share best practice and feedback.
Required essential experience skills and qualifications
Experience of own brand product development and can demonstrate a strong understanding of the process Strong critical path management Demonstrates passion for product Good commercial and negotiation skills to maximise trading opportunities (e.g. Commercial Agreements, in season trading) Can work independently Works collaboratively with other functions and key internal stakeholders
Required desirable experience skills and qualifications
Ideally having bought/had total ownership of an area/category Buying experience.