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Junior Buyer

About Habitat

Since 1964, Habitat has been challenging the way people style and shop for their homes.

We’re an iconic homeware and furniture retailer that’s going through exciting times: our priority is a growing on line business that currently accounts for over 60% of the P&L plus three long-standing London flagship stores, and a network of smaller customer touch-points throughout the UK including Sainsbury’s and Argos.

For over 50 years Habitat has created good design that’s useful, distinctive and just a little witty. We recognise that today there are more brands than ever selling furniture, but we’re strong in our conviction that we’re true originals, because almost every piece in our collection is designed by us.

About the Role

Reporting into a (Senior) Buyer, you will manage your own category to deliver range targets & business objectives

The role has a large impact on the organisation through:

Product selection will drive decisions made in distribution, stores and online
The sales and margin forecasts drive out the cost management across all areas of the business, including head office, stores and distribution
The role operates within all the Habitat sales channels with the emphasis on digital trading

As the Junior Buyer you’ll:

Plan under the remit set by the (Senior) Buyer a compelling range targeted at the customer.
Oversee the BA to ensures on line product descriptions are correct and optimised for SEO and selling taking a more focused view on Prime and Opportunity product areas.
To work with the Buyer & Digital Trading Manager on using Optimizely and Google Analytics to understand and identify new opportunities and ensure that Habitat maximises sales opportunities without compromising on line customer experience
Manage the product Critical Path to ensure key dates across All OPCOS are delivered.
Maximise online and marketing opportunities
Be effective in supplier negotiations to maximise promotional/range opportunities
Support the (Senior) Buyer to deliver the Category strategic and financial plans
Deliver ranging propositions in conjunction with the (Senior Buyer) and Merchandiser, working within a pre-defined strategy
Understand and can explain market and consumer trends by monitoring competitor activity
Monitor and review range data, making recommendations for appropriate activity
Work closely with the Merchandiser to achieve stock targets & ensure availability
Support and participate in cross functional projects.
Assist in the delivery of visual display initiatives
Contribute to the supply base strategy
Line manage a Buying Assistant
Interact with various stakeholders internally and externally and must be able to communicate and influence.

Your experience and skills will ideally include:

Have experience of working in a digitally focused business
Prior product development experience with range responsibility working for a similar design led retailer and in a similar category
Direct sourcing and rapid purchasing experience
Must possess strong commercial awareness of the market
Ability to plan and deliver a range consisting of both off the shelf, adjusted, and fully exclusively developed product which fits the needs of the range and Habitat orientation
Strong organisational skills
Deadline driven, must have a passion for driving results and the ability to work under pressure
Excellence in interpersonal skills, must be able to work effectively at all levels
Influencing and negotiation skills
Analytical and detail oriented
Strong customer affinity, must be able to respond to customer needs.
Strong excel skills.

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