Assistant Buyer (Homewear) 2024

As an Assistant Buyer on our (buying department), you’ll work closely with the Buyer to ensure the department achieves sales, stock and margin targets through the development of the product range, building and maintaining strong working relationships with the supplier base.

What you'll do

  • Ensure we stay ahead of our competitors within the (DEPARTMENT) market with regular shopping and benchmarking trips
  • Identify opportunities with the Buyer in regards to prices, range width, gaps or over-ranging, equipment, POS & VM.
  • Attend Trade Shows, in the UK and overseas, producing reports and feeding back your findings to the wider team
  • Taking an active role within WSSI meetings, displaying your understanding of how Intake and OTB affect WSSI figures.
  • Identify sales on the Range Monitor, proposing actions against forecasts and budgets where appropriate.
  • Support the Buyer by contributing to selection meetings, commenting on future trends and competitor ranges using knowledge gained from competitor shopping trips and external research.

About you

  • Experienced within a Trainee or Assistant Buying role, preferably within fashion retail
  • Knowledge of (DEPARTMENT) trends and market
  • Commercially aware
  • Ability to work independently to tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Experience of development and coaching is essential.

About Matalan

From humble beginnings to disruptive innovations in the retail industry, find out about how Matalan is ever-evolving here.

We know as a team, we are stronger together – we champion equality for all and make lasting connections that go beyond work. We thrive off our inclusive culture, encouraging our colleagues to bring their true selves to work and contributing to collective creativity, open-mindedness and growth.

We want give every candidate the opportunity to perform at their best throughout the application and interview process and then ultimately in their role. If you require any adjustments during our recruitment process, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

In the event that a high volume of suitable applications are received, the post may close prior to the specified closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if interested.

Benefits

In addition to competitive salaries, we also offer the below core benefits:

  • 20% staff discount, which increases with length of service
  • Thrive Recognition Scheme
  • Wellbeing support provided by the Retail Trust
  • Life Assurance
  • Retail Rewards platform offering discounts for other retailers
  • Pension Scheme
  • Access to a wide range of career development
  • Additional benefits may apply depending on your role and area of the business
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