Assistant to Head of Buying

Competitive Salary
07 Dec 2017
04 Jan 2018
Acapella Recruitment
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant to Head of Buying

Permanent, full time position

Based in Hertford SG13

Highly competitive salary

it luggage Limited, founded in 1985, is an award winning innovative luggage and travel goods business with offices in UK, US, Australia, Hong Kong and China.  This is a new and crucial appointment within their growing team with the potential to head up the team in the future.  

The successful candidate will work alongside the Head of Buying to manage the buying team, monitor and manage workload, negotiate orders with their China office, document product details, manage the checking of samples and swatches and implement systems to ensure consistency.

Applicants could be maths teachers who have the ability and desire to move into a commercial environment and manage a team.

You will need to be able to demonstrate:

  • high level mathematics/numeracy skills and the ability to do complex mathematical calculations & equations, including profit margin & currency conversion
  • experience of managing a team
  • the ability to lead the negotiators with strategies to achieve the best possible commercial terms and prices depending on production space availability
  • a logical and common sense approach
  • experience of implementing new systems
  • the ability to manage a high volume of emails and be extremely organised
  • the ability to analyse information quickly and to work under pressure in a fast-paced and busy environment
  • the ability to travel to the far east once or twice a year and have the confidence to negotiate face to face with factories

Experience of dealing with far east suppliers and understanding the politics and culture involved would be a distinct advantage, in order to quickly gain their respect. 

As part of the interview process candidates will be required to complete maths tests.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply ASAP.

*PLEASE NOTE – by applying to this position, you agree for your CV to be submitted to our client, who shall contact you directly, should your application make their short-list.