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Buyer - Toys and Seasonal

  1. Full Time
  2. Hammersmith
  3. Buying and Merchandising
  4. Permanent
VAC- 37045

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We are recruiting for a Buyer to lead our toys and seasonal team. You will take ownership of the range plan and the open to buy budget to develop and build a comprehensive product range for Harrods Own label that achieves the business’ brand ambition and strategic direction.

About the Role  

As Buyer for toys and seasonal, you will proactively manage the strategy, development and execution of the brand and production proposition through the team. You will ensure that the brand strategy is achieved across all channels (store, online and airports) and operational models. 

Working closely with the Buying Manager and Head of Buying you will ensure all decisions are commercially sound, drive trade and ensure an optimum customer experience. 

You will also:

  • Have ownership of the Critical Path from concept through to arrival in store/online ensuring speed to market.
  • Compile comprehensive and clear design briefs for our design team working collaboratively with design and technical teams to develop and sign off the product
  • Plan and select product according to customer demand, trends, budget, and divisional strategy across channels and locations.
  • Monitor, maintain and action competitor analysis
  • Identify and retain strong working relationships with suppliers and will be accountable for end to end contract negotiations, onboarding and renewals.
  • Collaborate effectively with key internal stakeholders; merchandise, studio, visual merchandise, .com, marketing sharing appropriate information
  • Manage all aspects of the Assistant Buyers roles and tasks

About You  

You will have expert knowledge of the buying cycle and have experience, preferably in luxury retail. You will have a good understanding of a corporate business, our customer profiles and strategic development. You will be commercially aware, able to demonstrate when you have driven trade across your current department and have impeccable relationship building skills. 

You will also have -

  • Previous experience in Buying, preferably in the luxury retail industry.
  • PC literate, including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong numeracy and analytical skills.
  • A creative mindset
  • Strong commercial and business acumen.
  • Strong customer service focus when dealing with both internal and external parties.
  • Excellent time-management skills and the ability and willingness to multi-task.
  • Flexibility and readiness to adapt to changing priorities.

You may be required to travel frequently both within the UK and Internationally.

About Us 

Harrods is one of the world’s leading luxury department stores and we’re becoming a destination for top designers, and the most sought-after brands from around the globe. Our combined mission is to make visiting our iconic Knightsbridge store one of the world’s most inspiring shopping experiences. 
Our Promise to You 
 Help us make the impossible possible for our customers and we’ll do something remarkable for you. As well as offering a friendly environment to inspire your best work, we provide abundant opportunities and support to build an exceptional career across the varied specialisms of our business.
In return, you’ll receive an excellent benefits package, including a company pension, flexible working, 25 days’ holiday, and your birthday off, up to 33% in-store discount (including across our food hall and restaurants) and a season ticket loan. 
Uniquely You 
 At Harrods we believe the personality and authenticity of our people sets us apart.  We celebrate and invite applications from all cultures, backgrounds, tastes, and experiences and are proud of our culture where people from all walks of life can grow and thrive. What makes you unique makes us exceptional. 

While our job adverts outline the ideal qualities, skills, and prior experience for the role, we believe in the potential for growth and value individual strengths. If you do not meet every desired criteria but feel you have the skills and experience to thrive in this role as well as a genuine interest in working for Harrods and you can demonstrate an alignment with our values, we would encourage you to apply.
If you want to know more about our people and our culture, search #TogetherHarrods on LinkedIn, Facebook or follow us on Instagram @togetherharrods

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