What’s the role about?
You will use your buying knowledge to plan and buy the best range for customers within your category. Your remit will be to deliver agreed KPIs including;sales, profit,stock, margin and achieving required customer metrics and hit rates.
You will analyse commercial input, market trend data to develop and bring to market own brand and/or branded ranges that optimise opportunities to enable a competitive advantage.You will work alongside all relevant specialist functions to deliver a category assortment with a competitive pricing architecture.You will have negotiation experience and understand the importance of managing supplier relationships.
Working with your merchandiser you will maximise opportunities as they arise and lead the in-season trading to potentialise the outcome for both customers and your category. Buying commercial product assortments that drive customer satisfaction and maximise sales and profit contribution through effective use of trading levers and management of risk.
What will you be doing?
You will work at pace and agility within a collaborative environment with your Category Lead, Head of Merchandising,Trade Planning,Trading & Product Operations team, Design and Product Technology. Externally you will hold a strong relationship with your suppliers and Brands.
With guidance from your Category Lead you will be accountable for making all decisions on the product assortment : development, sourcing, brand positioning price structure and margins.These will be in line with category and customer strategy. In collaboration with merchandising, you will need to make season trading and volume decisions along with the commercial terms and product lifecycle with the supplier and Brands.
You will be accountable for the commercial success of a product range as defined and agreed with your Category Lead, and the commercial and customer success of a product range through range planning and agile in-season trading.
You will ensure you have up to date expert market knowledge for the category and can predict future market dynamics.
You will be accountable for building and maintaining strong supplier relationships, ensuring that they adhere to the required standards and agreed terms.
For internal Partners, if you would like a copy of the Job Outline please contact Russell Watkins email@example.com
What you'll have
You will have tangible experience in buying , product development,range building, and supplier negotiation that you can apply quickly.
What else could you bring?
Experience in textiles buying
We also understand the importance of a healthy work-life balance and reward our Partners for their contribution to the business through a vast range of benefits.
As a Partner and after completion of your 3-month Earning Membership period, you’ll be entitled to;
20% Discount at Waitrose & Partners on majority of goods
25% Discount at John Lewis & Partners on majority of goods
12% Discount at john Lewis & Partners on electrical & white goods
Defined contribution pension scheme and Life Assurance (4x annual salary)
25 days paid holiday per year, when you work 5 days per week
To see all of our incredible benefits click here.
Blended approach of working from home and in the office
Discounted holidays at our exclusive Partnerships hotels
VIP suites with discounted tickets at the O2 arena
Generous discounts at numerous restaurants and bars
Exclusive days out for Partners and their families
Creating a culture of diversity and inclusion
The Partnership supports agile and flexible working practices, such as when, where and how we work. We have several different ways to work flexibly, including part-time, flexible or compressed hours, and job sharing. Head office areas also support a blended working approach. You'll have the opportunity to discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview and, where it is operationally practicable, they'll do all they can to accommodate your needs.
We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here. https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/
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Internal use only
The Vacancy is for a 12 month secondment
We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here - https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/