Assistant Buyer

Ref: MON11328
Salary: Competitive
Department: Buying
Location: Notting Hill Village, London (W11)
Position type: Permanent
Hours / Duration: Full-time, Permanent

At Accessorize we’re dedicated to offering accessories that enable all women to express themselves, helping you feel confident in your everyday.

Since 1984 we’ve offered affordable accessories that can be stacked and styled, with everything from jewellery and hair accessories to bags and seasonal favourites.Our accessories are an effortless style solution to refresh your look - they’re the accessories that make the outfit.

We're committed to giving back and supporting the community. One of the ways we do this is working with charities that support women. We’re also constantly improving our sustainability efforts by making conscious choices with the materials we use and our production processes.

We are now looking for an Assistant Buyer to come and join our Buying team, supporting the buyer in sourcing and developing our collection jewellery product ranges. This will be a busy and varied role, as an assistant buyer you will work in support of your buyer in sourcing, constructing and analysing ranges in order to maximise sales and gross profit. You’ll attend supplier meetings with the buyer and will play an integral part in building and maintaining strong and effective supplier relationships. You will play a part in coaching our buyer administrators and share your skills and experience to help build our future talent.

What will you do as an Assistant Buyer?

  • Supports the team with the review of last season’s performance and lessons learnt
  • Keeps up to date on trends through comparative shopping and research
  • Supports the development of balanced and commercial product ranges that reflect the brand
  • Contributing to range building activities and support the Buyer by attending supplier meetings with the Buyer and approving samples
  • Ensuring range building and range sign off activity adheres to the critical path by dealing with any ad-hoc requests/queries from internal/external parties 
  • Ensure all POs contain the right information and are raised in line with critical path dates
  • Support the Buyer with red seal pre-shipment process and the management of critical path, fit sessions and put forward solutions
  • Support the launch and in season trading of the ranges by reviewing sales data and offering commercially viable suggestions to the Buyer
  • Negotiating prices with suppliers and ensuring orders are raised in a timely manner to meet critical path deadlines.
  • Check BMI reports daily and correcting any systems discrepancies
  • Approve samples, lab dips and bulk materials (where relevant) and oversee that these are received within the critical path deadlines.
  • Support the management of Buyers Administration Assistant by providing advice, guidance and mentoring.
  • Support the brand marketing team and web team by assisting with activities such as sample management processes with the creative teams and ensuring they have any information required to support their work.

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

  • Previous experience in Buying, either in an Assistant Buyer or Buying Assistant role.
  • Good commercial eye, with an understanding of trends and a keen interest in fashion.
  • Good understanding of the financial impact of Buying and experience in supporting a Buying team deliver commercial results.
  • Excellent PC skills (Microsoft Word & Excel) with an emphasis on attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience in managing or mentoring junior members of the team with the ability to coach/develop others
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work at pace
  • Active team player who constantly contributes and supports other members
  • Flexibility and ability to work at pace, in a fast-moving environment

What will we offer you in return?

  • Competitive salary with the option to participate in the Company Bonus Scheme
  • 23 days holiday with the option to purchase additional holiday through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Bonus day off each year after 6 months service
  • A pension that you will automatically be enrolled in after 3 months
  • Life assurance (subject to participating in the pension scheme)
  • A flexible working approach
  • Early pay day Friday finish
  • A generous staff discount with up to 50% discount on our products
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounted gym membership at our on-campus gym
  • Additional discounts such as Westfield discount, Taste card membership etc

If this all sounds great and you feel you are who we are looking for, let us know and apply today.

At Monsoon Accessorize we don’t focus only on what we do, we also care about how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and an environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people and are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will also consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

We provide reasonable accommodations as needed to people with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at careers@monsoon.co.uk to request discuss any specific requirements.

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