Assistant Buyer – Footwear Jobs in London at Mountain Warehouse

Title: Assistant Buyer – Footwear

Company: Mountain Warehouse

Location: London

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 the Buyer 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;,

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 , 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 but footwear experience would be beneficial) 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

Hybrid office / home working

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 neighbor’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…


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