Junior Buyer - Homeware (Mat Cover)


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time

Closing Date

10/06/2022 11:00

About the Role

As a Junior Buyer on our Home division, you'll take responsibility for a particular product range from beginning to end, managing the supplier relationships, attending range planning and signoff meetings and working with the Design & Merchandising teams to land the range successfully with close support from the Buyer of the department.

  • Co-ordinate the look and style of a particular product range within a dedicated area, including research and development, establishing and maintaining good relationships with existing and potential suppliers,
  • Work with the Designer agreeing on both the mood and story boards for translation into product
  • Attend UK & Overseas Trade Shows and regular buying trips to suppliers across the Near & Middle East, China & Bangladesh, attending and contributing to supplier meetings on current and previous ranges
  • Conduct competitor shopping trips and benchmarking, identifying issues and opportunities for your range with the Buyer including prices, range width, gaps or over ranging, equipment and POS.
  • Preparation for and attendance at WSSI, range selection and signoff meetings, contributing on future trends and competitor ranges
  • Responsible for the sample procedure and processes for the range ensuring all goods are delivered as planned

About You

  • Successfully held an Assistant or Junior Buyer role, preferably within the Home retail sector
  • Commercially focussed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to work independently
  • Able to travel when the business requires


  • Hybrid working, 3 days in the office, 2 days at home
  • Flexible start and finish times
  • Early Finish Friday every week (3 pm)
  • Early Finish Birthday- 2pm finish on your special day
  • Wellbeing day additional to annual leave
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (increasing up to 30 days with length of service)
  • 20% discount in-store and online
  • Great development opportunities through our My Matalan offer plus the chance to develop on the job and access funding for professional qualifications
  • Private Healthcare 
  • Group Life Assurance of 3 x salary 

Why Matalan?

Founded in the early 1980s by John Hargreaves in Liverpool, Matalan is proud to serve its customers excellent quality at great value. With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 11,000 employees, working here is exciting, challenging, and above all fun! As part of the Matalan family, you can expect some great benefits and the opportunity to be part of our exciting vision - to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer. This is Retail Made Real.

Matalan are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all communities.

We encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable you to perform at your best throughout the application and interview.

In the event that a high volume of suitable applications are received, the post may close prior to the specified closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if interested.