Buying Operations Specialist

Job Type Buying and Merchandising Product Supply
Location London - Victoria
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 16/10/2021
Vacancy Type Permanent
Hours of Work 35hrs per week. Monday - Friday


What’s the role about?

As a Buying Operations Specialist, you will be responsible for managing the critical path and interacting with multiple teams to drive this from idea to launch. You will be a process expert supporting end to end buying tasks including range building, marketing briefs and range plan processes. You will take pride in executing work in a timely, accurate manner and you will be able to flex to the ebb and flow of seasonal demands, including supporting more than one category area as and when required.

The role also involves tracking the product development cycle and production timelines in own branded areas, managing the sample handling process, nominating for seasonal marketing campaigns and completing competitor and last season analysis for assortment reviews. 

As a Partner, you will have an active say in the way we operate, performing daily analysis around key operational areas and proposing actions to support Trading activity. 

To achieve this, you will need to build strong relationships with key collaborators. As part of a matrix team, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the Buyer, Merchandiser, Product Launch Operations, Design, Sourcing and Marketing as well as external suppliers, helping you to gain the broadest experience possible.

What will you be doing as a Buying Operations Specialist?

  • You will work in a transactional environment performing planning and trade supporting activities for Trading (Buying offices, Design, Product Tech, Sourcing Offices, Product Launch) and Customer (Marketing, Creative/Packaging, PR) teams. Externally you will need to maintain operational relationships with our Suppliers.
  • You are responsible for making sure that escalations are managed in the prescribed way to allow for issues to be resolved.
  • You will propose actions to your CPG group and execute their decisions within their critical path, assortment, marketing and range plans templates. You will manage exceptions to these processes with the relevant stakeholders.


What you'll have:

  • Previous experience working in product development - this also includes work experience/shadowing.
  • Great organisational skills, with the ability to manage processes to SLAs, and excellent time management and prioritisation
  • Excellent communication, influencing and negotiating  skills, with the ability to build both internal and external relationships.
  • Strong commercial awareness and understanding.
  • Experience of working with range plans, critical paths, assortment review and marketing nomination processes.


Additional Information:

We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

As a Partner you will enjoy our unique benefits package, including staff discount, subsidised food in Partner dining rooms, discounts in local restaurants, subsidised learning, access to exclusive Partnership hotels and so much more.

We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early .

The application form consists of a CV upload, an online test followed by application questions. Please ensure you refresh the page each time you complete a task to ensure you complete everything that you need to in time. (If internal, check your Workday notifications and see further guidance on the PDW under "Internal application process"). 


Duties and Responsibilities

The pay range for this role is £23,500 - £30,400 pa

Start your Buying career with us and work with not one but many of the most iconic brands across home, fashion and technology. As an entry-level position to the Buying team, you’ll be joining an extremely experienced team of Partners who will provide all the tools and support you need to succeed and excel, giving you the experience and skills needed to develop and move your career forward at a pace that suits you.

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 -

Attachment: Buying Operations Specialist.pdf 


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