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4 months ago
The Works
Basic Salary: Competitive / Undisclosed
Location: Birmingham
Job type: Permanent
Category: Business Development Jobs
Buyer - Non-books

There has never been a better time to join The Works! We are extremely successful market leaders boasting year on year growth both within our high street stores and online and what an amazing journey we are on! We are delighted to be going to market with this amazing opportunity for an experienced Buyer to join our expanding team here.

About The Role
Reporting to the Head of Category and working closely with the Trading Director, the successful candidate will be highly driven and tenacious with experience in Far East sourcing, preferably for a multi-channel retailer. Previous experience on buying craft products an advantage. You will be responsible for range building, NPD and taking advantage of product opportunities from within the UK market. As the Buyer you will be responsible for developing the buying strategy for your product areas. You'll make sure we have the right products in at the right time, in the right volume and at the right price, using your influencing and negotiating skills to build relationships. To be successful in this role you will:

* Understand The Works customer base and use this knowledge to develop customer-centric product ranges that will deliver company sales and hit every KPI each financial year
* Negotiate and secure promotional opportunities with suppliers in line with sales and profitability requirements
* Ensure prompt delivery of stock and correct phasing of intake to meet sales targets
* Work with key internal stakeholders to plan, communicate and manage product range changeover
* Negotiate and improve trading terms and manage your suppliers to the benefit of The Works
* Develop and maintain strong relationships with Far East suppliers and UK based suppliers – (some travel to the Far East is a requirement of the role)
* Identify and develop new supplier opportunities in order to improve The Works market position and further improve category profitability

About You

To be successful within this role you will need to be able to demonstrate the following attributes;

* Proven experience within previous Buying positions, preferably within Retail
* A highly driven, experienced and confident negotiator with the ability to manage important relationships with suppliers
* Excellent commercial skills, resilience and the ability to plan and work under pressure
* A highly motivated individual with a passion for retail who will thrive in a fast paced environment
* Customer focussed
* A proven team player
* Demonstrate the ability to work cross functionally within a business
* Be able to communicate confidently and concisely to all levels within the business and successfully work cross culturally
* Possess excellent IT skills

About The Works

Our mission is to be the customer’s first choice for good quality, great value Gifts, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, Stationery, Toys and Books. The Works sell over one million products every week to consumers looking for a bargain. With over 3000 employees, we have a network of over 420 stores (and growing… fast!) and an E-store which makes the amazing value products

The huge range of stock accessible to customers is perfect for everyone from all walks of life. The product range is constantly changing and consists of more than 40,000 different products each year. The Works sell both big brand and own-branded products, all at discounted prices. Customers find hundreds of new lines on sale every week, meaning that they will find something new and exciting every time they visit The Works, hence the company’s motto ‘What will you discover?’

Our Store Support Centre is based in our brand new, custom built, office and warehouse facility at Hams Hall, Coleshill, Birmingham.

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