We have a fantastic opportunity for a graduate to work as an Assistant Buyer to join the trading team.  As Assistant Buyer you will help us to deliver our exciting and ambitious growth plans for one of the most exciting product areas!You will be involved with the whole buying and development process from concept and design to range selection and management of the product from idea to finished item.  You will help bring the ranges to life in shops and support our marketing colleagues designing and marketing your ranges.Key ResponsibilitiesWork alongside the buyer to managing a range of products and accessories across own brand ranges & also with some of the key international brands.Help Identify and manage new product range extensions to your category ensuring all customer missions are met.Engaging with our customers both in store and online through packaging, point of sale, copy, communications and launch documentsIdentifying gaps and opportunities and proposing range enhancements and new ideasUsing competitor and customer research to identify ranging opportunitiesMonitor sales and margin performance of the category and drive key KPIs of sales, margin, margin %, rebates and contributionsCapturing data and set up products accurately and on timeLearn how to work with and eventually own key supplier negotiations & supplier management with support from the BuyerBuilding strong working relationships with design, brand, supply, quality, digital and marketing teams both internally and with suppliers.Proactively drive self-development with Line manager using the performance development system Key Skills/Experience To be successful you will need to be able to demonstrate the following experience, skills and attributes;Be analytical and numerically mindedPossess the ability to thrive in a fast paced pressurised environmentA collaborative ‘can do’ approach – be a keen team playerStrong communication and influencing skills – ability to build and maintain relationships internally and externally in a businessHave the drive and determination to create own brand product that is desirable, credible and great quality at a competitive costSome level of buying experience preferable but not a necessityAn understanding of what drives customer purchasing decisions, being able to use this understanding to identify how we can grow our business through building customer appealPossess strong commercial awareness – be aware of competitor activity and customer requirements

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