Assistant Buyer - Womenswear

Seasalt Cornwall
Sales, Business Development & Purchasing
Falmouth, Cornwall
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As an assistant buyer within our womenswear team you will support the buyer throughout the buying cycle across all categories, to achieve agreed sales and profit targets.

Job Description

You’ll work closely with the merchandising, design and technical teams to create the season’s range, ensuring that the product reflects the departmental strategy, the range is without gaps or duplication and that the season is logically and commercially thought through.

If you’re looking to develop your buying career within a unique British brand which is one of Cornwall’s largest employers and would relish the benefits of the Cornish lifestyle, then this is the opportunity for you.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop strong working relationships with all suppliers, ensuring that products developed promote Seasalt’s environmental and social standards
  • Coach and mentor BAA, managing workload and delegating tasks appropriately
  • Develop a clear understanding of the Seasalt customer and their needs
  • Work alongside buyer to achieve a working and productive critical path for department product lines
  • Book and chair critical path team meetings with individual department members and communicate any information to buyer and issue minutes
  • Ensure all systems are up to date and correct to allow for other functions to complete tasks in good time
  • Sample management including assisting with logging samples on to fit time tables and systems and preparing samples for meetings
  • Attend weekly fit sessions
  • Product change management including ensuring all functions necessary are notified of amendments to products during product lifeline
  • Negotiate with suppliers to maximise margin and profit, whilst maintaining flexibility, quality and supplier relationships
  • Lateness and losses updates per launch
  • Challenge suppliers on critical path issues and negotiate lateness and losses with support from buyer
  • Support quality control by working closely with technologist on any quality and delivery issues
  • Research information and competitor activity to assist range building, product development and identify opportunities

What we’re looking for

With previous experience as a senior BAA or above, we’re looking for someone passionate about product, commercially driven and with a real interest in womenswear. Not afraid of working under pressure and to deadlines, you’ll be highly organised, flexible and able to manage competing priorities.

Previous experience of negotiation will also be key, plus an excellent attention to detail, great teamwork skills and the ability to motivate both yourself and others.

Company Description

At Seasalt we live and breathe our product and are proud of the exceptional quality and level of care we take in design and sourcing, to deliver beautiful garments which are loved by our customers. Based on the Cornish coast, we’re a growing multi-channel lifestyle brand with over 50 shops across England and Wales and 350 stockists around the UK, including select John Lewis and Fenwick stores.

Other Application Details

In return we offer:

  • Generous Seasalt discount
  • Contributory pension
  • Seasalt Lifestyle – exclusive employee discounts and offers
  • Life assurance
  • Long service enhanced benefits
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Weekly yoga classes
  • Remote medical support
  • Partnerships with local wellbeing centres

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