Our Client: 

Our client has over 700 retail stores, 30+ ecommerce stores and 30+ brands. They are a retail apparel & footwear leader through AU and NZ, stocking some of the most loved national and international brands.

The Role:

Reporting into the Group General Manager – you will be responsible for the Footwear & Accessories portfolio. You will be involved in purchasing a product range that is consistent with the Company brand and ensure that the gross profit dollar and margin are maximized. You will also have 2 direct reports in this role, 1 x Junior Buyer and 1 x Buyers Admin Assistant.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Communicate and agree on range plans with the Group General Manager
  • Collaborate with the Senior Planner on the brand build and strategy
  • Propose a price strategy and negotiate with the supplier to maximize margin and present range for sign off
  • Produce monthly and seasonal range plans
  • Review and analyse previous sales and trend history
  • Agree on promotions and offers with the planning team
  • Review item sales and recommend appropriate action re markdowns/repeat orders/consolidations
  • Writing and updating orders
  • Work along the planner to ensure correct stock allocation to stores based on product buy
  • Support visual merchandising and marketing initiatives Develop and maintain quality supplier relationships
  • Provide weekly feedback to suppliers on performance of product
  • Negotiation with suppliers on price, terms and lead time
  • Negotiate penalties with suppliers for late deliveries and QC issues
  • Manage critical paths to ensure the timely delivery of product to store
  • Conduct regular Store visits to ensure that ranges are displayed to best commercial effect and to address and action any retail feedback or QC issues as required
  • Monitor local and overseas fashion trends
  • Conduct a seasonal SWOT analysis
  • Monitor competitor pricing and marketing activity

To be successful you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role and industry (branded footwear would be preferred)
  • Organised and adaptable
  • Numerically sound
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel
  • Effective communication with suppliers

If this sounds like a role for you, please submit your resume to apply.