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Buying Assistant - Men's & Women's RTW & Junior

Listing ID: 893934

Buying Assistant - Men's & Women's RTW & Junior

Type of Position: Permanent Position
Company / Organisation / Artist Name: Paul Smith
Location: Central London, London, UK
Hours: Full Time
Experience: 1 to 2 years
Reference Number: 001220
Twitter Handle: @PaulSmithCareer
Deadline: 24th October 2018
Ad Expires In: 6 days 21 hours
About: Founded in Nottingham in the 1970’s, the Paul Smith collections have become internationally recognised and Paul Smith is one of Britain’s most renowned and successful designers. Up until the age of 16, Paul had wanted to be a professional cyclist, but a serious accident set him on a different path. Once out of hospital Paul fell in with a group of art students. They talked constantly about art, architecture and design and Paul found himself longing to be part of that exciting world. From its origins in one small shop in Nottingham in 1970, Paul Smith has grown into a global business, selling in six continents. Comprising of complete clothing, shoe and accessory collections for men, women and children; representation is further extended by associated product licenses where the potential of the brand has been recognised by key licensees in the fragrance, eyewear and interior businesses.

The primary function of this role is to provide effective administrative support to the RTW and Junior Buying Office, ensuring that the right stock is delivered on time and moves efficiently through the business.

 
Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the seasonal buys are inputted into PRIMA and the relevant forward orders are raised on the system accurately and on time.
  • Run and compile weekly, monthly and seasonal buying reports and distribute to the Buying and Merchandising Team, and the wider business as appropriate.
  • Take ownership of the seasonal training manuals for the retail shops, ensuring that these contain all relevant product and brand information to maximise sales.
  • Attend the seasonal buying appointments when necessary, photograph product and assist with order writing any other administrative support when applicable.
  • Act as a liaison between the Buying Office, the retail shops and the wider business, resolving any relevant queries and issues that arise.
  • Effectively manage the Buying Office diary, including arranging buying appointments, store visits and international travel for the team.
  • Any other related duties, not specified above, as outlined by your line Manager.

 
Essential Experience and Skills Required: 

  • To be educated to GCSE level, with a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above, or equivalent qualification and minimum 2.1 degree in Fashion Buying/Merchandising or related subject.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office suite knowledge including Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Proven administration skills gained in a busy, commercial office with the ability to analyse and interpret data and can assist with report compilation.
  • Very methodical, accurate and speed with the ability to work to set deadlines.
  • Up to date knowledge of fashion trends and fashion industry as a whole.

 
About You:

  • Highly systematic and well organised with the ability to prioritise own workload and use own initiative.
  • Good interpersonal and presentation skills with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • A reliable, confident and outgoing individual who enjoys working with and meeting people and can adapt well diverse audiences and environments.
  • Flexible and approachable with the ability to work as an effective team member.
  • Keen interest in fashion and people with a wider interest in in culture, music, literature and the arts.
  • Well-presented and has a passion for the Paul Smith brand.
     

In addition to the annual salary this role attracts -

  • A generous Clothing Allowance
  • Discretionary discount on PSL goods
  • Pension
  • Flexi-time
  • An annual leave entitlement of 28 days, inclusive of Bank Holidays increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 33 days
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