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Head of Buying - South-West

Job Title: Head of Buying - South-West
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: South West England
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + Equity + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q95931
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
Contact Email: SSP.93058.4032@quest.aplitrak.com
Job Published: July 30, 2014 11:11

Job Description

Marketing leading wholesaler and retailer is looking to recruit at a senior leadership level for a Head of Buying for their Apparel, Footwear & Accessories business. This award winning, international business is market leading and has a compelling B2B & B2C offer across multichannel including online, showroom and catalogue retailing. Primarily with a wholesale focus this role is looking to work with the leadership team to build and develop their buying strategy. You must enjoy the autonomy to make exclusive commercial and strategic decisions. Your role includes - * Developing & delivering both strategic and commercial objectives from the MD & Chairman * Inspiring and developing the team through proactive succession planning and development. * Clear communication of the Business and Operating plan and gaining buy-in from internal leadership team * Responding to market trends, anticipating customer needs and identifying emerging opportunities particularly within the UK & USA markets. * Lead, support and manage all product souring for Far East/oversea buying activity * Working with the production, merchandising & allocation team * managing numerous and complex suppliers and relationships. * Exceptional negotiating and supplier management skills * Performance against a P&L budget To be successful you must - * Have a proven background from a Head of or Senior Buyer Retail or Wholesale Buying /Purchasing background in Fashion - Apparel, Footwear or Accessories. * Have experience for an Ecommerce background (desirable not essential) * Have a strong commercial instinct * Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to lead key negotiations at a senior level * Extensive Far-east sourcing experience (any international exposure will be desirable ) * Comfortable with complexity and ambiguity and an appetite to address the toughest commercial challenges. * Have a great balance across the perceived Leadership behaviours that will be complimentary in delivering commercial success whilst working for a SME. * Experience of working with a vast number of SKU’s * Ability to lead and coach to deliver outstanding results as part of a team * Excellent communication at all levels including influence at a director & stakeholder level The key for this position is the opportunity for investment in Equity for the business which will be a lucrative offering within the company’s’ business plan and really be an individual who can grow and profit from the businesses success. Based in the South-West this role will be suitable form someone on in the Bristol, Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire or Dorset area or someone looking to relocate to the beautiful South-West . Relocation package will be on offer for the successful candidate. If this sounds like the right opportunity for yourself please apply quoting the reference Q95931. We request that candidates send their CV as a Microsoft Word document where possible. Quest Search and Selection is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.