Assistant Buyer (Menswear)


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary plus Benefits

Closing Date

31/05/2022 08:00

About the Role

As an Assistant Buyer, you’ll work closely with the Buyer to ensure the department achieves sales, stock and margin targets through the development of the product range, building and maintaining strong working relationships with the Menswear supplier base.

  • Ensure we stay ahead of our competitors within the market with regular shopping and benchmarking trips
  • Identify opportunities with the Buyer in regards to prices, range width, gaps or over-ranging, equipment, POS & VM.
  • Attend Trade Shows, in the UK and overseas, producing reports and feeding back your findings to the wider team
  • Taking an active role within WSSI meetings, displaying your understanding of how Intake and OTB affect WSSI figures.
  • Identify sales on the Range Monitor, proposing actions against forecasts and budgets where appropriate.
  • Support the Buyer by contributing to selection meetings, commenting on future trends and competitor ranges using knowledge gained from competitor shopping trips and external research.


  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (increasing up to 30 days with length of service)
  • Wellbeing day additional to annual leave
  • Hybrid working, 3 days in the office, 2 days at home
  • 20% discount in-store and online
  • Private Healthcare
  • Group Life Assurance of 3 x salary
  • Early Finish Friday (3 pm)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Early finish birthday

About You

  • Experienced within a Trainee or Assistant Buying role, within fashion retail, preferably Menswear
  • Ability to think commercially
  • Ability to work independently to tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Experience of development and coaching is essential.

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 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.



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