Senior Buyer - TOPMAN

Working Here

Meetings, mood boards and strategy - it's all in a day's work here at head office. No time to sit back on our heels, this is the hub that powers everything we do. From fashion-forward designers to in-the-know buyers, our team at Topshop Topman HQ is unrivalled for talent. It's fast-paced, exciting and the perfect place to build a career in fashion. Join any part of the business, from Marketing to Finance, and you will shape the future of the most directional brands on the high-street.

The Job

A role at TOPMAN promises a fast paced, challenging and innovative working environment. The key to our success is our people, and becoming part of this inspiring team will be a really fantastic opportunity for the right person!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Buyer to join the buying team here at TOPMAN. As a Buyer at TOPMAN you will be responsible for overseeing one of our industry-leading Buying teams to develop and deliver innovative product ranges, drive profit and influence the Brand's product strategy.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will have a strong focus on anticipating and meeting the needs of the TOPMAN customer, creating a balanced, innovative product range, looking at price point, quality and standards.
  • Responsible for implementing the strategic direction and financial plans for a specific product category.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with external third parties/suppliers.
  • Negotiating price, delivery and terms to support business objectives.
  • Attending trade shows, buying trips and competitor shopping trips.
  • Working closely with the Merchandiser to balance trading and planning, creating timely and exciting ranges for our stores.
  • Working closely with Design to capture and develop the latest trends, and with Technologists to ensure that fabric and fit satisfies our high quality standards.
  • Analysing the business and reacting in a timely manner.

Develops a High Performing Team

  • With Management Team, defines and communicates clear vision of the future – translates into understandable goals and targets
  • Builds a strong team with a focus on succession planning.
  • Provides positive leadership supporting the Brand / Company policy / Strategy and encourages others to do so
  • Develops skills of the team – identifies individual training needs as well as encourages effective teamwork.
  • Deals with employee issues promptly and appropriately
  • Motivates team – gives recognition and praise
  • Pre-empts the need for, and manages, change – supporting team throughout process

Must Haves

  • Proven experience working at Senior Buyer/ Buyer level for a fast paced fashion retailer
  • Proven success at buying, preferably with leisurewear background (incl. any technical expertise required)
  • Established track record of driving business forward
  • Pro-activity in sourcing new ideas and inspiration
  • Excellent commercial awareness and ability to drive profit
  • Analytical skills, excellent communication, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Excellent inter-personal and presentation skills
  • Proven experience of managing and developing a team.

 

Added Extras

From bonus schemes to season ticket loans, that make your commute a little easier, we offer a range benefits here at head office. We make the most out of our staff discount across The Arcadia Group and a range of brands externally.

As well as this we have lots of exciting things that happen throughout the year, to say a big thanks for all the hard work our great teams put in.