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Side Step is currently recruiting for a Buyer for our Footwear, Apparel & Accessories team. This role will be part of an international & fast-paced team.
The position will be based in the European Headquarters in Vianen, The Netherlands and reports to the Senior Director Buying.
Thriving on a diverse company culture, celebrating the uniqueness of our employees and committed to inclusion, Side Step is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
The Buyer’s main function is to build product lines in tune with divisional merchandise strategies that generate targeted sales, profit and liquidation levels.
The identification of sports / fashion trends, regular communication with the Customer Experience & Sales team, and regular market visits are key elements to building a successful product range.
Negotiations with vendors on quantity, delivery deadlines and price are fundamental aspects of the job, geared towards maximising the company’s profits and surpassing margin goals.
One of the key buyer responsibilities is to establish effective working relationships with vendors to strengthen business and support company strategies.
Past and predicted vendor performance & fashion trends will help the buyer determine product strategy for the coming seasons, within which the buyer should identify key items’ that are expected to drive department sales throughout the current period.
To be a successful in this role buyer you will need commercial awareness, creative flair and excellent analytical skills
Identifies trends thru the eyes of the customer
Gains critical marketplace / competitive insights that impact the business
Brief vendors on relevant trends for the Side Step muse
Influences the vendors in incorporating relevant trends into the line
Develop and build a strategic business plan for the department based on current performance and future trends
Ensure department merchandise strategies are consistent with company’s division level strategic plan
Anticipate future trends, opportunities and consequences accurately and creates a plan of action to get in front of them
Build a relevant assortment that incorporates current and future business trends
Ensure there is a good / better / best tiered assortment
Develop assortments based on regional trends and relevance
Understands components of OTB and uses forward thinking to manage the business
Together with Planner, ensure style plan aligns with Financial Plan, Merchandise Strategy, and business plan
Builds working relationships with vendors and colleagues to strengthen business and support company strategies
Compile and analyze vendor results at department and category level
Partners with vendors early to influence the product development and assortment.
Ensure department vendor strategy and targets align with division strategy
Recommend and support joint vendor initiatives
In Season Management
Analyzes business & consumer data that create insights that lead to action plans
Understands customer cross channel shopping behavior and how to leverage buys through all channels
Recommend category and brand actions (promotions, marketing, markdowns and cancellations) to Key business partners
Partner with Planner to create 12 month rolling forecast linked to financial plans and review with divisional management
University or College degree in Fashion / Business or equivalent education and experience.
Minimum 5 years’ experience in a trend driven, high volume company
Fully aware and tuned into the youth market (18-25years)
Understanding of the European consumer and regional differences
Requires awareness of what is trending from a sports fashion perspective both from a high fashion, aspirational perspective as well as a local, start up perspective.
Proficient in Microsoft office spreadsheet functionality (excel, etc.) required.
Highly analytical and critical thinking skills
Must be opportunistic can see business opportunities
Proven track record in building successful product ranges
Experienced & skilled in conducting effective negotiations
Sound problem solving and decision making abilities
Business mathematical skills required
Ability to work under pressure and with own initiative
Sound business / commercial awareness, high concern for effectiveness, entrepreneurial
Enthusiastic, goal oriented team player with a desire to join the biggest in the business
Possess a valid driver’s license
Candidates must be eligible to work in the European Union