Assistant Buyers play a key role within the ASOS Commercial team, developing amazing product and building fashion-forward, commercial ranges that deliver against sales and margin targets. You will be a pivotal member of the Buying team, working closely with your Buyer, as well as Design, Technical and Merchandising teams and Suppliers, to develop and buy a range that is loved by our fashion-forward 20-something customer.
This is a great opportunity for an experienced Senior Assistant Buyer with a passion for Footwear and the Topshop brand!
ASOS is one of the UK’s top fashion and beauty destinations, expanding globally at a rapid pace. Our values are to be authentic, brave, creative and disciplined, and we live and breathe these in everything we do.
The Buying team is instrumental in making ASOS the first for fashion and trends across womenswear and menswear. Within our Own Buy function, which includes Topshop as well as ASOS Design, AsYou and Collusion, our teams focus on developing and delivering a range that pushes the boundaries and meets the needs of our customer. The Buyers work closely with several business areas including Design, Merchandising, Marketing and Garment Technology, and have relationships with a wide supplier base, ensuring that the product we deliver is the best it can be.
What you’ll be doing…
Supporting the Footwear Buyer in sourcing and developing products
Overseeing the fitting and sealing of samples
Helping to build a commercial and fashion-forward relevant range with constant newness that our 20-something customer will love
Building excellent relationships with your suppliers - this is key especially when negotiating cost prices and delivery dates
Working with your buyer to trade within the season to potentialise sales and profits – we work at a fast pace and are incredibly reactive
Actively contributing to the department strategy, by identifying risks and opportunities for the department that are supported by data and presenting these to the Buyer & Merchandiser
Influencing the department or brand, using company levers to optimise sales performance
Working closely with Design and Merchandising teams to build the range, analyse sales data and agree actions. Leading the range build selection process, justifying decisions by referencing relevant trend and trade elements.
Maintaining up to date knowledge of global competitors, considering pricing, product and current affairs in analysis of their product ranges and presenting findings to the team
Presenting CUM BTA in the Buyer’s absence, identifying clear trading actions relevant for the audience
Managing the critical path, highlighting to the Buyer any risks of not meeting contracted dates
Working with Sourcing and Technical teams on relevant sourcing, ethical, garment tech and fabric considerations and initiatives related to Fashion with Integrity
Overseeing the training and development of Buyers Administrators within the team, role modelling the ASOS behaviours
We’d love to meet someone who…
Has previous Fashion Buying experience, specialising in Footwear
Lives and breathes fashion and is passionate about the product
Has a strong understanding of 20-something culture and the ASOS customer, and is able to spot the latest trends relevant for them
Is super organised, able to use their initiative and to work in a high-pressured environment
Has great attention to detail to ensure that all the important details such as selling price, shipment dates and product attributes are correct
Has the ability to build strong relationships with other Retail teams and suppliers alike
Effectively demonstrates the ASOS values – Authentic, Brave, Creative and Disciplined
Is able to communicate and present clearly and effectively to all levels
Has experience of using relevant trading systems and MS Office
What's in it for you?
Competitive salary, bonus and pension matching
Life insurance, free private medical care, cycle to work scheme + more
A bespoke flexible benefits scheme catered to you
Best in class Learning & Development schemes and career development programmes
25 days holiday + never work on your birthday again!
Free modern onsite gym, plus personal training and wellness rooms
A dynamic social environment, from company-wide sports days, charity days, ‘Give A Week Away’ opportunities to visit our charity partners in India & company-wide celebrations to name just a few
Huge staff discounts and sample sales