Head of Buying

Reporting to the Director of Operations, you will be responsible for the continued excellence and future development of merchandising and fabrics in the Equip supply chain. You will anticipate and proactively navigate the changing environment both within Equip and external factors in the sector to optimise commercial opportunities and achieve competitive advantage through buying.

You will display a high level of motivation and a desire to continuously improve for the benefit of the business, inspiring the teams to deliver “above and beyond” to maintain a world class service.

 

Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd based in Alfreton, Derbyshire specialise in the design and marketing of technical outdoor clothing and equipment. Our experienced and enthusiastic team develop innovative designs, manufactured to the highest standard and brought to market throughout the world. Equip Outdoor Technologies own and operate two leading aspirational outdoor brands Rab and Lowe Alpine.

 

 

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Ensuring buying activity is continuously aligned with company strategy, through appropriate KPI monitoring and stakeholder liaison
  • Management and delivery of the seasonal Buy Plan and, in conjunction with the Sales Team, ensuring product is delivered to deadlines
  • Maintaining the product portfolios of both Brands including management and maintenance of SKU/barcode and other base data, through to BOM and tariff classifications used by other departments internally, and across multiple software platforms
  • Ensuring buying activity is completed according to the critical path (SMS, seasonal delivery of goods, factory planning and communication)
  • Creation and maintenance of supply chain variables (vendors, products for example) where appropriate
  • Work closely with QC teams in Asia to ensure OTIF delivery
  • Work with technical teams on both brands to achieve production schedule for new products
  • Work closely with the warehouse to streamline intake of finished goods
  • Ensure raw materials are managed effectively and that fabric is “used up” wherever possible

 

To join us you must have:

Essential

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven track record of leading, managing and developing a team and the teamwork ethic to pitch in with support when the business needs it
  • Demonstrate a strong commercial awareness of the outdoor industry and how this affects the supply chain
  • Exhibit a strong understanding of shipping/freight terms and practices.
  • Strong ERP system experience, ideally Navision and with a strong understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience of working with technical garments and the deadline drive, critical path for seasonal campaigns
  • Strong teamwork ethic to help and support colleagues where needed such that there is cover for all areas of the department where necessary
  • Excellent organisational, communication and negotiation skills
  • Assertive, resilient and the ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • A strong decision maker – able to work with evidence and make quick commercial decisions if the opportunity presents
  • Proven ability to compile, analyse and interpret quantitative data and how to use data to spot trends, solve problems, and spot opportunities

Desirable

  • Relevant degree or equivalent qualification
  • Experience of working in detail in a Product Lifecycle Management environment
  • Experience of a garment production environment

 

What can we offer you in return?

A competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience, contributory pension, Life Assurance, 23 days’ holiday plus bank holidays, company bonus scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.  There are great staff discounts on our products, and we offer a wide range of reciprocal trade discounts on climbing, bikes, camping, sailing and running equipment.   

 

About us:

Equip Outdoor Technologies UK ltd based in Alfreton, Derbyshire specialise in the design and marketing of technical outdoor clothing and equipment.  Our experienced and enthusiastic team develop innovative designs, manufactured to the highest standard and brought to market throughout the world.  Equip Outdoor Technologies own and operate two leading aspirational outdoor brands, Rab and Lowe Alpine.  For further information on Equip please visit our website at www.equipuk.com

Closing date for applications is 18th July 2021

For general enquiries please contact: recruitment@equipuk.com 

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Our people are part of one team that is geared to achieving success for the company, and we are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff. We are looking for people who are passionate about and can help live our values of Synergy, Ingenuity, Ambition, Determination and Integrity.