Head of Category – Home, Gifting, Clothing & Food

Head of Category – Home, Gifting, Clothing & Food

Ref: JO-1804-104470 | £50000 - £60000 per annum + Car Allowance + Bonus | Location:Ipswich, Suffolk, England | Added:15/12/18

Quest Search & Selection are partnering with this multi-product retailer who is looking for a Head of Buying /Category within the home, furniture & gifting ranges. This business is well known within their market and offers a true omni-channel experience.

In this leadership role though the head office is based in Ipswich you have the opportunity to have flexible working. So whether that is in head office, branch or home working you will still be able to be considered for this appointment.

Key responsibilities of this Head of Category position include –

  • To deliver on the sourcing, selection and development of product range
  • Can source products for the Far East, Asia, Europe and the UK.
  • Negotiation of terms with suppliers and managing your product margins
  • Lead & Develops of team members include Assistant Buyer & Merchandiser
  • Develop the department strategy in partnership with stakeholders
  • Being reactive to trading decisions
  • Working alongside all teams within Marketing, Supply Chain & Store Operations.
  • Improving the profitability of the department and the wider business

To be successful in this Head of Buying position you must have –

  • A commercially minded buyer with an understanding & exposure of merchandising and the ability to take responsibility for overseeing the complete trading decisions of the category.
  • You must have gained experience in categories within DIY, Home, Furniture. Gifting, Department store or Garden centre environment.
  • Ability to challenge and think differently to seize opportunities or solve problems
  • Have a track record of putting together innovative and commercial viable ranges.
  • It’s important to keep up to date with market trends, reacting to changes in demand and that you show innovation for a product development and buying strategy.
  • An understanding of visual merchandising is desirable and the ability to translate the head office strategy in the delivery of the vision on the shop floor.

This well-established business has over 1,000 employers and sites across the UK. It would be suitable someone who is coming from a larger retailer, looking to into a smaller business with more opportunity to take contract and autonomy of your category and have real exposure to the board!

If this sounds like you please send your CV quoting the reference JO-1804-104470.

We request that candidates send their CV as a Microsoft Word document where possible.

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