Job details

Assistant Buyer - Footwear

Job reference: 002336

Closing date: 11/10/2018

Salary: £16,500

Department: Buying

Hours per week: 36.17

As an Assistant Buyer you’ll work closely with the Buyer to provide support for the team. You should be highly organised and able to analyse and interpret sales data, as well as creative, with an excellent eye for the latest trends.We currently have a vacancy within our footwear team so if you have a genuine passion for product, along with determination and relentless enthusiasm you  will truly excel and develop within our vibrant head office based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.


What you’ll be responsible for as an Assistant Buyer –Footwear:


  • Assisting the Buyer in sourcing, developing and selecting multiple product ranges.
  • Contribute to planning, trade & sales meetings with the ability to analyse trade information.  
  • Taking ownership of the critical path.
  • Managing and organising the sample library.
  • Assisting the Buyer / Senior Buyer in supplier meetings.
  • Maintaining excellent relationships with new and existing suppliers.
  • Creating and updating all product information and attributes.
  • Preparing product and studio information. Collating samples and ensuring that they are photographed and accurately labelled in accordance with schedule.
  • Working closely with Merchandising, Quality Assurance, Design & Product Coordination teams to manage set up and administration of all products and promotions.
  • Competitor and general market insight.


What you will need to succeed as an Assistant Buyer:


Ideally, you’ll be a graduate with a relevant degree level qualification or equivalent along with experience as either a Buying Admin Assistant or Buying Assistant . A genuine passion and interest in fashion product is essential as well as strong commercial skills and an eye for trends. You’ll need to have a good knowledge of competitor retailers and overall insight into the UK footwear retail market is essential.


You’ll need to be numerate and analytical as a key part of this role involves analysis and interpretation of sales data. You’ll also need excellent communication skills to collate and present findings and recommendations as well as building effective relationships with colleagues and external suppliers.



In return for your hard-work and commitment, you’ll receive fantastic training as well as exciting development opportunities and a competitive benefits package.


Employees in our business may have access to our customers’ personal data therefore for a number of our roles, offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory criminal record check.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an individual from obtaining a position with JD Williams




The closing date for this job has now passed.