Junior Buyer (Kids - Maternity Cover)


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary plus Benefits

Closing Date

31/10/2021 15:00

About the Role

As a Junior Buyer on Kids, you'll take responsibility for this 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 support from the Head of Buying.

  • Co-ordinate the look and style of the ranges, including research and development and maintaining good relationships with existing and potential suppliers.
  • Work with the Designer to agree the mood and story boards for translation into product
  • Attend UK & Overseas Trade Shows and regular buying trips to suppliers across the  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 including prices, range width, gaps or over ranging, equipment and POS.
  • Preparation for and attend 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 a Junior Buyer role
  • Knowledge of the Childrenswear market and trends
  • Commercially focussed
  • Experience of coaching and mentoring trainee colleagues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to work independently
  • Able to travel when the business requires

About 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 15,000 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 value diversity and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all communities.

Matalan wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the application and interview process and ultimately, in their role. We therefore encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this.

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. 



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