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Buying Assistant

  1. Full Time
  2. Knightsbridge
  3. Buying and Merchandising
  4. Permanent
VAC- 38255

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We are looking for a vibrant Buying Assistant to join our dynamic Buying team here at Harrods.

As we celebrate this momentous anniversary year, now more than ever, it’s an exciting time to join the Harrods Team. Whether you’re a recent school, college or university leaver, or you’re looking to restart your career in an exciting new field, at Harrods we firmly believe in offering exciting career opportunities.

About the Role

The role of the Buying Assistant is to provide comprehensive support to the Buying team through working closely with the Assistant Buyer and Buyer of the category to drive commercial performance and enhance the customer experience. The Buying Assistant will help to ensure the smooth running of the Buying Office, across all channels (Store, Online & Regional Sites), and both operational models (Own Buy and Concession).

You will also be:

  • Creating the department Look Book each season, highlighting the key season trends and featuring all the products bought for the season from each brand.
  • Conducting competitor shops both in store and online to assess range, merchandise mix, price points and new labels.
  • Providing support to Buyers and Assistant Buyers with selection and quantification of orders where required.
  • Preparing agendas for Buying appointments and trips.
  • Requesting order confirmations from brands, ensuring all information is checked and accurate, making/suggesting changes where relevant.
  • Completing Magazine submissions and Social Media submissions monthly ensuring the best brands, products and trends are being featured.

About You  

You will have an understanding of the Luxury industry and be able to keep on top of key trends, brands and launches within the category. You will also have a key understanding of our customer profile to make suggestions to the team to help drive trade. You will be able to work at pace, bring forward new brand suggestions and solutions whilst delivering a high class service to our brand partners.

We are looking for someone with prior knowledge of the Buying Cycle or with a relevant Buying qualification. In addition to this, you will be a great relationship builder with excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will have a solution based approach, with great attention to detail and expert numeracy and analytical skills.

You will also have:

  • Good PC literacy, including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. SAP knowledge preferable.
  • Excellent time-management skills and the ability and willingness to multi-task.
  • Effective prioritisation skills and ability to manage workload and meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility and readiness to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Proactive and solutions based thinking.

About Us

Our 175th anniversary will see the Knightsbridge store become a stage for our legacy of firsts, our house of world-leading brands and our reputation for exceptional. We want you to come and be a part of all this - and help us deliver exceptional service that represents our authority as a long-standing icon, industry-leader and innovator. Inspired by our past, celebrating our present and focusing on our future, you’ll be joining a team with the belief that anything is possible. What makes you different makes us exceptional.

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. 

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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