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Buyer - Branded Homewares

Job Title: Buyer - Branded Homewares
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Leicestershire, Leicestershire
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q98700A
Contact Name: Quest Search and Selection
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 18, 2015 12:06

Job Description

My client is looking for a Branded Buyer to join one of the UK's leading highstreet retailers'.

This multi-product retailer has international presence with growing product categories within trend-led retailing. This is a newly created role due to the expansion on the department and will be best suited to a Buyer or Senior Buyer level. The duties and responsibilities centre around supporting the Head of Buying in branded buying and ranging strategy business plan.

You'll play a key role throughout the buying process and be heavily involved the homeware textiles category.

Key responsibilities -

An influential character they may have line manager responsibilities & be able to effectively delegating resources and workload while ensuring the team remains motivated and focused!

  • Controlling set budgets, prioritising workflow and conducting regular team reviews to ensure deadlines and targets are met.
  • Planning, sourcing and developing a commercial successful range.
  • Negotiating cost prices and delivery dates.
  • Manage and develop key strategic relationships with suppliers
  • Maintain excellent knowledge of market and industry developments and assess possible implications for the business
  • Improve gross margin and category sales
  • Review current sourcing methods and suppliers to ensure value for money and ethical sourcing
  • To provide the business with real time data on competition,
  • Negotiate product cost and rebates
  • Implement appropriate sourcing solutions to meet category needs
  • Establish new branded suppliers and contacts
  • Completing regular competitor shops and market research
  • Actively managing and training junior members of the department.

You must have the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience as a Buyer, Buying Manager OR Senior Buyer role within a retailer.
  • You must come from a Home & Home Furnishing background to be considered.
  • Have dealt with multi-brands & multi-products - This will be a multi-channel opportunity so print, online and stores.
  • Have knowledge of trends of relevant competitor's in the UK high-street.
  • Outstanding negotiation and influencing skills managing large budgets
  • Ability to influence and build strong relationships, with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Able to think strategically and translate this into operational actions that deliver sales growth and margin improvement
  • A natural team player with the ability to manage cross departmental relationships

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a market-leading retailer which is a senior leadership role with great benefits including bonus, car allowance, pension and other subsidised benefits. If you do fit the criteria & you are looking for a new challenge; please apply now quoting the reference Q98700A.


We request that candidates send their CV as a Microsoft Word document where possible.Quest Search and Selection is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

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