Do you have strong, demonstrated experience in assisting with buying for a multi-brand, women’s luxury fashion retailer? If the answers yes, you may be Andrew’s Buying Assistant and we would love to connect with you.

Nature of Role
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.

Responsibilities
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 Buyer performs an essential role within this transition by owning the assortment plan and digital merchandising, as well as developing and maintaining key partnerships. The Buyer is an analytical fashion curator who propels Andrews’ vision forward.

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
  • Acquiring product knowledge associated to Purchase Order and communicate to relevant team members for Product Upload and Market Activation
  • Purchase Order dispatch and delivery tracking
  • Validation of Vendor Order Confirmation for accuracy and compliance with company purchase order and/or terms of agreement
  • Purchase Order follow up with vendors to resolve distribution issues
  • Prepare seasonal store product knowledge and road tour information, managing preparation with the Buyer

Buying – Operations

  • Assist in monthly/seasonal markdown sessions
  • Monitor stock levels and initiate recommendations for repeat orders and consolidations
  • Monitor buying office and sample inventory
  • Compiling product performance and in-season sales analysis for recommended repeats, consolidations and RTVs
  • 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, special orders and RTVs, as well as product and merchandise information
  • 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 (advanced)
  • Workflow management tools such Asana (preferred)
  • Shopify platform (working to proficient)
  • Performance and dashboard reporting (preferred)

 

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