Are you the right person? You have excellent communication skills, you are driven & pro-active, yet you work with a sense of urgency while remaining focused on achieving individual and company goals. You set ambitious standards for yourself to produce high quality results as well as demonstrate sound ethical & moral principles in the work place!
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for driving the brand strategy to achieve a financial performance in line with Brand positioning and agreed objectives.
Responsible for leading full buying process for the brand including range architecture and development, design, production and procurement of seasonal product ranges.
Build and develop professional relationships with manufacturers & suppliers and leading price negotiations with these providers (based locally and overseas).
Coordinate planning and budgeting incl. post seasonal analysis, market feedback, trend analysis & retail shopping lists.
Collaborate with Planning to agree sales plan, profitability targets and pricing architecture.
Collaborate with Marketing to effectively develop and execute the brand marketing strategy.
Build and develop professional relationships with the Brand Principal, key customers & accounts.
Ensure the range satisfies both the wholesale and retail strategies and provide input to both these channels.
Collaborate with Retail Operations to co-ordinate seasonal retail & wholesale VM strategy and to successfully implement all VM guidelines in line with Brand standards.
Guide & influence all Brand DNA experiences in both retail and wholesale channels.
Relevant tertiary qualification in Buying, Product Development or Brand Management.
5-8 years experience in a Brand / Buying Management capacity.
Experience in a Fashion/Retail environment advantageous.
Experience in having travelled to the East and managed supplier negotiations.
Knowledge and understanding of garment construction and design.
Skills and Abilities
Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and verbal)
Good problem-solving skills and a creative approach for innovative ideas
High level of organisation
Good interpersonal skills
Excellent leadership skills
Computer literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Ability to travel extensively