Job details

Head of Buying- Womenswear

Job reference: 003108

Closing date: Not specified

Salary: Up to £90K + Benefits

Department: Buying

Hours per week: 36.17 hours per week

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Buying to join our Womenswear team!


Here at N Brown, we champion inclusivity by making our customers look and feel amazing. We don’t believe that age, size, shape or background should stop anyone from feeling confident, stylish and happy with the way they look and feel. With our industry leading expertise in creating fashion that fits, we’ve been proudly breaking down these barriers for over 150 years. We help our customers to express themselves with stylish products, helpful services and flexible finance. Now, we’re moving forward together, embracing innovation and new technology, to continue to delight our customers. Working here you’ll explore everything the world of digital retail has to offer — asking questions, trying new things and chasing new opportunities. Combine this curiosity with the freedom to make your own decisions, take charge of projects and work flexibly, and you’ve got the perfect place to show your skills and learn new ones. It’s fast and furious here at times, but this just means something new and exciting is always on the way. So, if you collaborate, think on your feet, embrace innovation and love rising to a challenge, your work with us will have a serious impact on the business, your career and our customers’ lives. We are proud to be N Brown.


What you’ll be responsible for:


  • To provide leadership and management of a buying area to achieve and exceed company growth whilst driving and motivating a team
  • To maximise the profit contribution from product across all relevant segments and brands by defining and driving the product category strategy and high level budgets with Segment Management
  • Lead the product selection process to deliver exciting, innovative and commercial product ranges, targeted at our defined customer segments, to deliver optimal brand and customer performance
  • Work closely with the Sourcing department to lead and drive the implementation of sourcing strategy to support ‘right product, right price, right time’
  • Create and implement a pricing policy in conjunction with the Buying Director, and Marketing Director


What you will need to succeed:


  • To create and manage a product category and range strategy, to meet the needs of the consumer segments, brands and channels, working closely with Head of Merchandise
  • To manage the product category P&L to optimise performance and return on investment.
  • To lead the range planning and selection process to deliver product ranges in line with the Product Proposition Brief
  • To lead the sourcing and supplier strategy, supplier negotiation and supplier management
  • Work closely with Head of Quality to ensure products offer value for money in line with outlined quality strategy and pricing policy. Focus to reduce returns rates.  Increase customer 5 star product reviews whilst driving the customer panel most preferred result
  • Lead the product dimension of in-season trading performance, and any variance to plan, to deliver optimum return on investment
  • Recruit, train, develop and motivate a team to ensure that the business and segment objectives are met
  • Keep abreast of market intelligence, with knowledge and awareness specifically around key competitors
  • Keep abreast of fashion and key consumer trends


In return, you’ll receive great training, varied and interesting development opportunities and a competitive salary and benefits package. 


The closing date for this job has now passed.