Assistant Buyer – Footwear Jobs in London at Mountain Warehouse
Title: Assistant Buyer – Footwear
Company: Mountain Warehouse
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
50% staff discount & 25% for family and friends
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…