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Assistant Buyer (12 Month Contract)

Posted 2 weeks ago
Market: ON - Toronto
Industry Segment: Department Stores, Luxury Fashion, Luxury Menswear
Category: Merchandising
Seniority: Assistant
Job Type: Full time, Temporary

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As a service to our candidates we present 1000’s of luxury industry roles as part of our Marketplace offering. For these jobs you will be forwarded to the brand to apply directly.

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Assistant Buyer (12 Month Contract)
Holt Renfrew
Department Stores, Luxury Fashion, Luxury Menswear
Full time, Temporary
Posted 2 weeks ago

Marketplace Role

As a service to our candidates we present 1000’s of luxury industry roles as part of our Marketplace offering. For these jobs you will be forwarded to the brand to apply directly.

Job Description

The Assistant Buyer (12 month contract) defines the luxury lifestyle shopping experience through building lasting relationships with our people, customers and partners by providing operational support to Buyers that drives achievement of sales volume, gross margin and full-price sell thru objectives.

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following

  • Monitor sales and margin performance and interpret variances against budget and forecast
  • Assist in purchase order creation, tracking, open to buy reporting
  • Check order confirmation from vendors for accuracy and compliance with our purchase order and/or terms of agreement
  • Conduct purchase order follow up with vendors and resolve all related distribution issues.
  • Support in the forecast preparation
  • Assist in monthly/seasonal markdown sessions
  • Monitor stock levels and initiate recommendations for repeat orders and consolidations
  • Assist in preparation for pre-market analysis
  • Participate in creation of financial plans in partnership with Buyers and Planners
  • Work with Buyer and Planner to prepare seasonal business review
  • Monitor buying office and sample inventory
  • Provide sales analysis in-season for recommended repeats, consolidations and RTVs
  • Complete/revise store allocations for merchandise on order
  • Contribute towards establishing, maintaining and building strong relationships with vendors and internal departments to achieve goals
  • Follow-up with stores using appropriate frequency and communication channels consolidations, repeats and RTVs, as well as product and merchandise information
  • Initiate and coordinate with vendors and stores in-store product knowledge sessions and contests
  • Prepare seasonal store product knowledge and road tour information; manage with the Buyer
  • Track line budget performance and activity including plans and actuals.
  • Coordinate all required activities for trunk shows, special events and personal appearances with the buyer and vendor.
  • Responsible for all sample inventory from ordering, to return of merchandise
  • Prepare presentations, media kits, event materials, etc.
  • Complies with all Health & Safety policies and requirements
  • Perform other duties, as assigned

The ideal candidate:

  • Post-secondary degree in a related field or equivalent work experience
  • 1-2 years of post-university work experience
  • Sound knowledge of purchasing principles and practices / Retail Math
  • Previous experience in analysis an asset including use of system-based tools
  • Demonstrated leadership and influencing skills with the ability to get things done
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; a team player who is able to act as both a leader and an individual contributor as required
  • Confident and effective communication (written & verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Is adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Highly service-oriented with exceptional organizational and follow up skills
  • Passionate about fashion and luxury retailing
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

The measures of success:

  • Contribution to financial objectives
  • Individual objectives linked to the achievement of department goals
  • Feedback from internal and external clients

About Holt Renfrew

Holt Renfrew is considered Canada’s fashion and lifestyle retailer.

Founded in Quebec City in 1837, Holt Renfrew is renowned for unparalleled retail experiences and is Canada’s hub for the world’s best fashion and beauty brands. Recognized as a leader in personal service and experiences, the company’s mission is to empower self-expression and ignite positive change along with overarching commitments to sustainability and diversity and inclusion.

With seven stores across Canada, including four in the Greater Toronto Area, plus Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver, customers can also experience Holt Renfrew’s offerings via holtrenfrew.com.

Holt Renfrew was acquired by the Weston family in 1986 and continues to be privately and Canadian-owned as part of the Selfridges Group. Visit us at www.holtrenfrew.com.