Buyer - Kids (Maternity Cover)


Job Details


Knowsley Head Office

Contract Type

Fixed Term

Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary plus Benefits

Closing Date

19/07/2018 22:45

About the Role

We’re currently looking for a Buyer to join our Kidswear team on a fixed term contract to cover a period of maternity leave. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast paced, dynamic team where you’ll be responsible for creating and promoting the Boyswear ranges for each season, in order to achieve sales, stock and margin targets for relevant department.

  • Co-ordinate both the look and style of the full range of the department, working with the Designer to agree on both mood and story boards for translation into product.
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with existing and potential suppliers, attending trade shows, buying trips and competitor shopping trips as and when required.
  • Work closely with Merchandising to propose ranges/products for marketing campaigns and events, including ‘The Show’, following the key looks driven by Marketing.
  • Prepare and present to Heads of department and Directors at range selection and sign off meetings.
  • Plan product launches in line with divisional launch dates and ensure the ranges land on time by effectively managing the junior team and critical path.
  • Manage and develop a team of Junior, Assistant and Trainee Buyers, setting and managing objectives alongside day to day distribution of workload.
  • Negotiate costs with supply base on new and core products to meet BIM requirements.
  • Create the strategy for the department alongside the Merchandising team to fit in with divisional KPIs.

About You

  • Proven experience in a Junior Buyer or Buyer role, within fashion retail, preferably Kidswear
  • Knowledge of current Kidswear market and trends
  • Ability to think commercially and strategically
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership and coaching skills
  • High level of personal effectiveness


In return you’ll become an integral part of the Matalan family, receiving a full 360 induction to our business with exposure to Senior Leaders across the business from day one. You’ll have access to our extensive development opportunities to support your growth along with our excellent benefits package including a generous holiday allowance, pension, healthcare and the opportunity to earn bonus as recognition of your contribution to the business.

About Matalan

Founded in the early 1980s by John Hargreaves in Liverpool, Matalan is a family retail business that is proud to serve its customer excellent quality at great value. With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 15,000 employees, working here is exciting, collaborative, 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.  



Your place in our world

Head of Buying - Kids
Buyer - Kids (Maternity Cover)
Assistant & Trainee Buyers