Head of Buying

Key responsibilities 

=Managing a team of 6 professionals, 4 Merchandisers (1 Senior), 1 Supply Chain Co-Ordinator, 1 x Fabric Assistant.

=Responsible for execution of the seasonal Buy Plan, and in conjunction with the external sales team, that the deadlines are met and product delivered on time. 

=Maintain and develop mutually beneficial relationships with the Far East supplier base whilst keeping a robust supply chain with 1st Tier (Factory) and 2nd Tier (Fabric Mill).

=Develop a close relationship with other departments and supply chain stakeholders to ensure supply is kept as efficient as possible.

=Demonstrate an “end to end” big picture thinking understanding who can spot opportunity and problem alike, in a complex, fast moving supply chain.

=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.

=Any other duties as required by your line manager.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

=At least 5-years previous experience in a similar position is essential together with strong commercial awareness, preferably within the outdoor industry.

=A degree in a relevant discipline would be desirable.

=Strong ERP system experience, ideally Navision and with a strong understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite.

=Exposure to or knowledge of technical garments and the deadline drive, critical path for seasonal campaigns.

=Excellent organisational, communication and negotiation skills and the ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, and compel the team to follow your lead.

=Dynamic approach to problem solving / trend spotting and analytical interpretation within the boundaries of a detailed seasonal plan.

=Strong decision making ability, 99% fact based with the ability to take a key decision in difficult circumstances


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

The closing date for applications is Friday 1st June 2018