A leading Irish book shop is seeking a Junior Buyer to add to their growing team. This is a full time permanent role based on site in their Swords Offices. A minimum of 1 year experience in a similar role is desired.
Reporting to the Senior Book Buyer, this is a full-time permanent role responsible for planning, sourcing and maintaining assigned product ranges within the Book category. The junior buyer may be engaged in supporting the buying of product pertaining to any of the categories under the responsibility of the Book Buyer.
As Junior Buyer, your primary responsibilities will be delivery of budget revenue and gross margin for the assigned ranges. You will be tasked with establishing and maintaining a planning approach to the assigned ranges consistent with the Retail Strategy and engaging with relevant stakeholders including retail operations and customers to understand market needs and emerging trends. The successful candidate will need to develop and manage a sourcing and purchasing process in accordance with the best practice principles, as well as demonstrating keen analytical skills. They will also have input on FOS planning and projects, curations and other promotional mechanics.
The ideal candidate will be required to develop strong relationships with the suppliers, range planner and stock control team. The individual will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the buying process and awareness of best practice in this subject.
· Strong proven experience within the retail sector
· Excellent relationship management skills
· At least 1 year experience in Buying and Vendor Management
· Pro-active teamwork engagement
· Strong understanding of gross margin management, pricing and discounting practices
· Strong analytical, numerical and IT skills
· Customer centric focus