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Buying & Merchandising Director - Fashion (HO0089)

Management

Buying & Merchandising Director - Fashion

  • Location:
    Head Office Baker Street
  • Business Area:
    Buying
  • Department:
    Not Applicable
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Buying & Merchandising Director - Fashion

Job Title:  B&M Director Fashion

Reporting to: Executive Director, Product & Trading

DIRECT REPORTS:

WW Director Of Merchandising, Fashion Accessories Director Of Merchandising, MW/Kids Director Of Merchandising, WW/FA Head Of Buying Private Label, WW/FA Head Of Buying Brands, MW/Kids Head Of Buying, QA Manager

Role Purpose:

Define & implement the multi-channel product & trading strategy for the Fashion categories. Ensure the overall product offer is aligned to the needs of the HOF core customer and delivers on key KPIs

Key Responsibilities:    

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • In conjunction with the Executive Product & Trading Director, Commercial Director, Design Director & B&M Director Home & Beauty, contribute to the strategic and operational plan for the Buying and Merchandising function as a whole.
  • Support the Buying and Merchandising  strategy & ensure it is implemented effectively in Fashion Buying, Merchandising & QA functions.
  • Develop a multi-channel trading plan that delivers budgeted KPIs & is aligned with the brand objectives
  • Develop a product strategy that caters fully to the needs and desires of HOF’s core customer and aligns with HOF brand values.
  • Determine appropriate balance across routes to market (private label, wholesale brands, concessions), considering HOF risk and flexibility for future change.
  • Ensure ranges are balanced and that key inputs are researched and considered in driving the range assortment (consumer insights, competitors, directional and global trends, history, local demographics).
  • Identify new product opportunities/extensions as they emerge in the market. Propose clear plans on implementation.
  • Undertake regular reviews across categories to ensure financial targets are on track, identify risks and opportunities and take appropriate action as necessary.
  • Develop appropriate source of supply for private label ranges across long and short lead sources, balancing margin and flexibility to optimise achieved margin, whilst also adhering to HOF sourcing code of conduct and maximising sustainability/minimising environmental impact.
  • Develop strong relationships with key brand partners and leverage relationships to maximise brand support to HOF.
  • Evolve quality control processes (from upstream to DC) to improve quality standards of product & presentation.
  • Work closely with marketing and visual merchandising functions to ensure marketing material/campaigns and in-store & online execution are aligned with the product strategy & has appropriate inventory support.
  • Build relationships with external counterparts to keep ahead of emerging trends, ideas and industry/sector insights

Leadership

  • Establishes and maintains constructive and collaborative business partnering relationships with all business areas
  • Ensures an effective understanding of business direction, strategies and priorities, opportunities and operational challenges and translates this effectively to team.
  • A dynamic and ambitious leader who demonstrates a level of gravitas commensurate with a senior leadership role, while also being able to engage effectively at all levels of the organisation
  • Provides clear vision and direction, inspiring and engaging individuals and the team to deliver excellence
  • Demonstrates sound and pragmatic judgement, balancing pace, risk and business value to reach decisions which are well informed, rigorous and actionable
  • Leads with determination and drive, taking initiative willingly, acting with both sensitivity and self-assurance to achieve results
  • Is proactive in defining, planning and delivering change to achieve targets and objectives which realise beneficial outcomes
  • Respects individual’s views and positively encourages and contributes to a learning environment in which individuals are supported to develop to their full potential and excel in role
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships and influence with key stakeholders across the business based on professional credibility and excellent communication and engagement
  • Constructively challenges convention and seeks new ways of achieving better results by taking alternative paths, whilst behaving consistently and with professional integrity at all times
  • Champions HOF culture and values at every opportunity
  • Is personally committed to the HOF vision and positive attitude demonstrates the importance of this to others.
  • Drive and embed a best in class proactive Buying and Merchandising function that supports the delivery of HOF future. Ensure succession plans are in place to future proof departments & provides opportunities for career development.
  • Communicates the functional vision explaining how this links to HOF’s overall aim, and gets buy in from wider teams.
  • Plans ahead anticipating changing demands on business and reacts to these changes effectively.
  • Uses different methods to encourage others to come forward with new ideas and try out new approaches.
  • Be an ambassador for the business

Communication

  • Ensure effective communication at all levels both internally and externally
  • Encourages open communication between peers and functions
  • Provide regular briefings to all team members on business priorities and progress, and other corporate events.
  • Listens effectively considering all points of view before responding flexibly
  • Operates with integrity and has outstanding interpersonal skills, able to forge relationships with a wide range of people quickly and efficiently.
  • Demonstrates consistency in delivery of messages

Other Duties

  • Participate in projects or carry out any other duties that may be outside the standard remit that will benefit the company

Experience Required:

  • 2+ Years operating at B&M/Buying/Merchandising Director level in a fashion retailer, ideally within a sizeable, multi-channel organisation
  • WW experience preferable, but breadth of experience across other product categories would be an advantage
  • Experience of both private label & branded buying
  • Led teams through a period of change/transformation & growth
  • Proven record of delivering results

 
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Head Office Baker Street
27 Baker Street, London, United Kingdom, W1U 8AH
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