Buying Manager - Kids Footwear - F&F

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Hatfield AL10 9SN

United Kingdom

Apply by: 18/02/2020

Buying Manager - Kids Footwear - F&F

Hatfield AL10 9SN

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About the role

You will lead the baby area from a buying perspective and buy great quality product ranges for your customers that are relevant and on trend at the best prices.

Demonstrating strong leadership skills, you will lead and develop your team of Buying Managers, Assistant Buyers and Buying Administrators and manage your supply base to deliver this. 

You will be responsible for

  • Creating a topline strategy for the Baby departments and working with the lead MPM and the team to deliver this each season.
  • Working with the design team to research and develop product ranges that will hit seasonal trends and raise the bar.
  • Building customer focused ranges for your department with merchandising colleagues, making sure you cater for all formats, countries and events.
  • Reviewing existing supplier performance and managing the sourcing strategy for your department in agreement with HOB
  • Negotiating costs and setting the selling price to deliver product margin for your department
  • Working with suppliers and technical team to ensure fit and quality standards are met.
  • Overseeing critical path with your team and suppliers, ensuring key dates are met to ensure on time launch.
  • Trading your department with your MPM and suppliers to manage risk and opps. Ensuring you have an extensive knowledge of the market and competition, visiting stores to establish any shifts or trends that may affect sales and require action.
  • Conducting seasonal buying trips to build relationships with suppliers, understand manufacturing capability and opportunities, develop new products and negotiate prices and capacity plans.
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence
  • Developing and leading a high performing team, giving them the opportunities to be their best
  • You manage additional responsibilities that contribute to the running of the division and support my peer group.

You will need

  • Clothing buying experience
  • Ideally Baby experience
  • Strategic planning
  • Strong Leadership skills
  • Product development
  • Range and trade planning
  • Leading and developing teams
  • Sourcing and managing a remote supply base inc. FE/NE travel
  • Building strong business partnerships
  • Negotiation 
  • Range and trade planning
  • Data analysis and numeracy
  • Coaching and managing people

Key Teams you will work with:

  • Designers
  • Merchandise Planning Managers
  • Technical Manager
  • Sourcing teams and Suppliers

People, budgets and other resources you will be responsible for:

  • Department sales 
  • Department margin 
  • On-time launch
  • Managing 3 teams (10 people)

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • An annual bonus scheme which you can achieve up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 6 months service with 10% off most purchases at Tesco
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day
  • A retirement savings plan - 4%-7.5% contribution rate
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Buy As You Earn Scheme
  • Save As You Earn Scheme
  • Deals & Discounts through Tesco including Tesco Mobile & Tesco Bank
  • Deals and Discounts through many other external businesses

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home, out shopping, on the move, anywhere in the world.

We want our customers to be inspired and whatever they are looking for, we’re finding bigger and better ways to provide it.

Everything is underpinned by our continuous drive for the best tools and technology to deliver our vision. We’re driving innovation and transforming our Technology to become the world’s leading retailer.

We need people who share our ambition to deliver for our customers; Passionate and confident people willing to take the initiative and drive us forwards. In return we offer excitement, a great team, an excellent benefit package, and significant career development opportunities.

Joining us means playing a part in defining and executing a great quality, affordable and sustainable product proposition, and finding new and exciting ways to activate this across all our formats and channels.

If that sounds exciting then we'd love to hear from you!

Note: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details before your agreed start date

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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