Head of Buying – Womenswear

Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive
Posted
04 Oct 2019
Closes
01 Nov 2019
Sectors
Sales, Retail Sales
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job title:         Head of Buying – Womenswear

Location:        London

Salary:            Competitive

Employer:      Selfridges Retail Limited

Duration:        Permanent, Full Time

Are you looking for a Head of Buying role that gives you the chance to provide customers with the latest womenswear trends ensuring the very best ranges are sourced and selected? Are you looking for a company that wants to help further your career in Buying as well as provide you with an exciting, inspiring and fun place to work? 

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then you’re just the kind of person we’re looking for!

Job description

The main duties and responsibilities of the role of Head of Buying – Womenswear are as follows:

  • Work with the Director of Menswear & Womenswear to develop, implement and deliver the creative strategy for womenswear to maximise sales and hit profit targets
  • Use sales and performance information to steer the womenswear Buying team to maximise opportunities
  • Reinforce the brand by ensuring the desired quality standards for fabric, colour and fit are achieved and sustainably sourced in line with our buying better/inspiring change initiative
  • Be passionate about the space where you’ll demonstrate exceptional awareness of competitors and external trends
  • Continually strive to improve and build mutually effective supplier relationships, as well as identify new sourcing opportunities and provide focused, clear development direction to the current supplier base
  • Analyse trading patterns, advising teams and ensuring appropriate action is taken in the event of unforeseen sales reactions
  • Ensure the team buys a commercially viable product range that reflects the brand image and incorporates current trends. You’ll be key in building, retaining and developing a high performing team with an emphasis on succession planning
  • Motivate and engage the team by building a solid, positive working environment, helping to coach them in their development and celebrate their successes
  • Partner with the Merchandising team to plan the OTB and to monitor and review in season, taking action or making recommendations to the Director of Menswear & Womenswear where necessary
  • Set the creative direction that positions Selfridges at the forefront of womenswear fashion
  • Drive and implement creative new concepts for our customer base
  • Partner with our wider digital team to manage the availability and offering of product online ensuring the best possible online customer experience

Key skills, experience and qualifications

  • Experience of implementing and delivering creative strategy for womenswear to maximise sales and hit profit targets
  • The ability to analyse sales and performance information to steer the Womenswear Buying team to maximise opportunities
  • Exceptional awareness of competitors and external trends
  • Experience of improving and building supplier relationships
  • The ability to identify new sourcing opportunities and provide focused, clear development direction to the current supplier base
  • Skilled in analysing trading patterns, advising teams and ensuring appropriate action is taken in the event of unforeseen sales reactions
  • Experience of building, retaining and developing a high performing team with an emphasis on succession planning
  • Proven experience of motivating and engaging a team by building a solid, positive working environment, helping to coach them in their development and celebrate their successes
  • Previous experience of planning the OTB and monitoring and reviewing in season, taking action or making recommendations where necessary
  • Experience of driving and implementing creative new concepts for our customer base
  • Previous experience of partnering with wider digital teams to manage the availability and offering of products online ensuring the best possible online customer experience

Contact:

To apply, forward your CV, cover letter and contact details to Becca Ballin at Becca.Ballin@selfridges.co.uk.

Date posted:  4 October 2019

Closing date: 1 November 2019

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