Role Specification

The ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail, organisation skills and will be expected to become completely familiar with all aspects of the vendors and product that Andrews carries. You will be expected to assist the buying team in meeting targets defined per Andrews strategy. Success in the role requires strong structured problem solving and resilience that is supported by an innovative, collaborative, and cross-functional mindset. Andrews is on a strategic journey to deliver a best-in-class customer experience. We are driven by our transition to an omni-channel business and operating model. The Assistant Buyer performs an essential role within this transition by supporting the Buying Team.

Buying - Planning

  • Assist in preparation for pre-market analysis
  • Assist in preparing trend forecasts
  • Assist in liaising with relevant team members for forecasting and budgeting purposes

Buying – Execution

  • Assist with the following Purchase Order responsibilities:
    • Purchase Order writing and coding
    • Collection of product knowledge and digital assets from vendors, communicating to relevant team members for website upload and market activation
    • Purchase Order dispatch, delivery tracking and follow up with vendors to resolve distribution issues
    • Validation of Vendor Order Confirmation for accuracy and compliance with company purchase order and/or terms of agreement
  • Coordinate seasonal store product knowledge sessions with vendors

Buying – Operations

  • Manage buying office and sample inventory
  • Compiling product performance and in-season sales analysis for recommended repeats, consolidations, markdowns and RTVs
  • Manage stock balancing between stores, RTV process with vendors, stores and warehouse team
  • 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 on consolidations, repeats, special orders and RTVs
  • Initiate and coordinate with vendors and stores in-store product knowledge sessions
  • Assist in preparing presentations, event materials and other duties as assigned

Competencies, Technical Skills and Knowledge:

  • 2-3 years Buying Assistant experience in aspects such as
    • Assortment strategy
    • Physical and digital merchandising planning, and execution
    • Financial planning and budgeting (e.g., Budget, Open to Buy budget)
    • Strategic Planning
    • Vendor Management
    • Analysis (e.g., trend forecasting, product research, brand matrix, consumer behaviour, competitive benchmarking)
    • Inventory management (e.g., replenishment, stock level management)
    • Brand and product launch management
  • Strong attention to detail, analytical and organisational skills
  • Microsoft 365 Suite, in particular: Word, PowerPoint and Excel (intermediate)
  • Workflow management tools (preferred)
  • Shopify platform (working)
  • Performance and dashboard reporting (preferred)

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