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Assistant Buyer

Listing ID: 1422875

Assistant Buyer

Type of Position: Permanent Position
Company / Organisation / Artist Name: WoolOvers Group Ltd
Location: Burgess Hill, West Sussex, South East, UK
Hours: Full Time
Experience: 2 to 5 years
Specified Hours: 9am- 5pm
Salary / Wage: Competitive
Reporting To: Buyer
Twitter Handle: @WoolOvers
Deadline: Ongoing
Ad Expires In: 1 month 1 week
About: WoolOvers is a British lifestyle brand, designing and selling quality natural knitwear since 1989. We started off selling our colourful jumpers at Equestrian and Country shows all over the UK, and our catalogue and website business followed.

We focus on slow fashion that lasts, encouraging shoppers to make mindful choices when it comes to buying clothes offering year in, year-out durability.

Our heritage lies in British rural style. Natural fibres, which don’t contribute to the global environmental epidemic of plastic micro-fibre pollution like acrylic and polyester do, feature at the heart of every design.

We are still growing and developing today; alongside our classic knitwear, we now sell jewellery, shirts, personal and home accessories, and more. Our WoolOvers home is in Burgess Hill in West Sussex near the beautiful South Downs, but we ship our products all over the world.


  • Work closely with the Buyer(s), Merchandiser to ensure product objectives and sales plans are delivered.
  • Negotiate cost prices under guidance of Buyer, understanding the costing process and ensure target margins are met with the best product quality and delivery
  • Attend fit session and ensure highest priority is fitted first. Make suggestions for improvements and resolutions.
  • Understand the buying calendar and the range building process and contribute to building a commercial balanced range through active participation re product strategy, competitive benchmarking, sales history and ad hoc creative influencing opportunities.
  • Thorough critical path management (weekly meetings with BAA to ensure all dates up to date)
  • Effective upward management of critical path issues (weekly meetings with Buyers to highlight any issues/ late approvals/ delays), proposing solutions.
  • Incorporate all shoot sample deadlines and book launch dates onto CP to ensure all key dates met
  • Manage the product development process – chase development samples back for sign off meetings.
  • Work with technologist on any quality and delivery issues, agree actions and solutions for sign off with Buying Dept 
  • Attend sign off meetings and take notes for Buyer. Deputise confidently and effectively if Buyer is absent
  • Carry out seasonal comparative shopping reports
  • Have customer and competitive awareness and deal with customer service product queries in timely and professional manner
  • Manage Supplier relationships well - regular email communication/ skype meetings/ phone calls
  • Sending tech packs off and in some cases creating tech packs for cross costing. Ensure workbooks set up in advance of fits.
  • Responsible for selecting and approving trims (support BAA if necessary)
  • Responsible for approving all lap dip and bulk standards (support BAA if necessary)
  • Owner of the buy sheet ensuring all info is accurate and up to date to order from
  • Check drafts for the catalogue to ensure composition and washing instructions are correct
  • Ensure packaging & labelling for products are correct
  • Manage and develop/ coach BAA
  • Work closely with AM
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills, good written and verbal communication skills


  • Demonstrate a tenacious and positive “can do” attitude in all things, at all times.
  • Ensure WoolOvers Customers are at the heart of all decisions
  • Have an adaptable flexible approach to managing the high workload. Ability to self-manage
  • Ability to identify problems and make suggestions for improvements and solutions
  • Confidence to instigate new systems and processes if needed
  • Accuracy and attention to detail related to product, processes and systems
  • Show willingness for continuous improvement in the role and to go the extra mile across the board
  • Demonstrate mature leadership on the dept, setting examples by behaviour for more junior members on the B&M team
  • Positive and proactive approach to building and maintaining strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Passion for product and commercially aware
  • Team orientated, adaptable and open to trying new ways of doing things


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