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Buying Assistant (Various Divisions)

Listing ID: 969270

Buying Assistant (Various Divisions)

Type of Position: Temporary Position
Company / Organisation / Artist Name: Debenhams
Location: Euston, North West London, London, UK
Employment Length: 6 month fixed-term contract
Hours: Full Time
Experience: Entry level / Graduate - 0 - 1 years experience
Specified Hours: 35 Hours
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: Competitive
Reporting To: Buying Manager
Twitter Handle: @
Deadline: Ongoing
Ad Expires In: 1 month 2 days
About: Debenhams is currently embarking on a business wide transformation via our Debenhams Redesigned strategy. We are focused on putting our customers at the heart of everything we do, investing heavily in analytics to further understand our shoppers and allow us to deliver a 'confidence boosting, sociable and fun' experience.

We are placing emphasis on our in-store and digital experience, to make Debenhams a leading Digital and Different high street Destination. In order to achieve our exciting new goals, we need the best talent in the market!

If you bring an innovative, collaborative and customer centric approach, and aren’t afraid of a challenge we want to talk to you!


Division: Womenswear, Women’s Accessories, Menswear, Lingerie, Home

Level: Junior Management

What you will be doing…

As a key member of the team you will support to deliver the overall Buying and Commercial Plan of the category, department or brand with the goal of meeting/exceeding sales, profit and margin targets.

You’ll also work closely with your buying team, quality assurance, design and suppliers to help ensure a perfect product for our customers as well as manage the departments’ critical path to ensure our ranges arrive on time and conform to the original specification.

You will be offered on the job development through structured behavioural and technical competencies.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Support with the review and analysis of competitor activity & feedback to the wider team, reacting to this information to drive the brand forward
  • Manage and maintain the critical path to ensure delivery dates are maintained and all product development processes are adhered to
  • Responsible for supporting the execution of business needs including order and sample management as well as troubleshooting and resolving day-to-day issues
  • Support the Buyer in end to end product development and buying
  • Responsible for ensuring Purchase Orders are generated in line with the requirements of the critical path
  • Maintain commercial knowledge and understanding of industry trend insights

What you will bring…

  • You will currently be an entry level Buyer's Admin Assistant/Buying Assistant, or alternatively you will have obtained work experience ideally within a Retail Head Office, Supplier or Retail Store and have a relevant Fashion/Retail degree.
  • You will demonstrate strong commercial acumen and good technical knowledge of buying as you will play a key part in reviewing, challenging and simplifying working processes to drive consistent behaviours’ and ways of working as well as managing business orders and analsying business trends. 
  • You will bring strong negotiation and communication skills providing leadership to colleagues where relevant. 
  • You will possess an awareness of the retail sector and a passion for product as well as an understanding of the requirements of a multi-channel retail environment and experience across a single category.
  • It will be essential for you to have commercial skills and an awareness of high street trends.
  • The role is largely computer based, so computer skills are essential. 

What you will get in return…

  • 25% discount in stores and online
  • Access to external discounts and promotions through Perks@Debenhams
  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Access to In-house Sample Sales
  • Early Finish Fridays on Pay Day
  • Subsidised Restaurant

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