Tuesday , February 20 2024

Selfridges Careers – Assistant Buyer

Website Selfridges

Job Description:

Life at Selfridges is dynamic, exciting, and always evolving. As well as working with some of the most cutting-edge, iconic and boundary-pushing brands, designers and creatives, we also offer our team members opportunities to help make a positive difference through our network of communities, both within and outside Selfridges. Here are just a few of our rewards and benefits that help make our team experience that bit more extraordinary.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Annual travel pass and cycle-to-work schemes
  • A sustainable car salary sacrifice scheme
  • Several internal communities to get involved in from our Diversity Board and Green Warriors who are leading the charge on D,E&I and sustainability, to the Wellbeings who are always thinking of new ways to champion healthy minds, bodies and routines for our team members
  • Workplace Options, our confidential team member assistance programme for when life gets tricky or you need a little guidance
  • Access to a wide range of training programmes to help your career development
  • Flexible working options to benefit you, your family and your wellbeing that can include part-time, flexi-time, job sharing or hybrid working
  • Generous annual leave that increases with length of service
  • Up to five paid volunteering days – from beach cleans to co-ordinating food and clothing donations
  • Family leave that suits your set up including Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Surrogacy and Shared Parental leave policies
  • Defined pension contribution scheme
  • Generous bonus and/or commission scheme
  • Enviable team member discount including sale previews and double discount days
  • Exclusive local discounts on a range of restaurants, bars, beauticians and entertainment
  • Subsidised gym memberships

Job Requirements:

  • Where relevant, to supervise the wider team and monitor workload
  •  N/B: in areas where there is a Buyer’s Assistant and an Assistant Buyer, this responsibility will be shared


  • Work with the Buyer to ensure that Buying decisions are based on a sound commercial framework to drive sales and profit
  • Carry out research into key trends and put together look books for the area*


  • Work closely with Marketing and PR and to be aware of promotional opportunities during negotiations with suppliers
  • Be responsible for buying for a identified area for the business – ensuring thorough knowledge of product and market
  • Work closely with the Buyer and Merchandiser to plan the OTB for own area of responsibility and to monitor and review in season, making recommendations to the Buyer/Head of Buying where necessary.


  • Work with the Merchandiser to analyse performance, making recommendations to the Buyer i.e. to keep or discontinue within the business
  • Ensure effective communication with retail operations teams, particularly with regard to new season launches and product training
  • Be responsible for re-ordering, working within the OTB structure, ensuring decisions are communicated to the Administrator good time *
  • Negotiate the best possible terms with suppliers i.e. margin, trade discounts, markdown support, working with the Buyer and Head of Buying where appropriate


  • Communicate effectively with retail operations teams, particularly with regard to new season launches and product training


  • Work closely with VM to ensure product placement optimises the look and performance of the department
  • Assist with range planning, working closely with the Merchandiser and Buyer/Head of Buying


  • Manage the performance of concession businesses through regular meeting with the concession and through analysis of their performance – making recommendations to Buyer where relevant

Qualification & Experience:

  • Strategic and operational. With strong analytical skills and experience driving long-term and profitable commercial strategies, you’ll be able to successfully manage projects through to completion.
  • Highly knowledgeable. You will have a well-developed understanding of the product/market


  • Customer focused. Combined with exceptional taste and instinct, you are able to push the boundaries to offer new and exciting product


  • All over the numbers. You are numerate with a highly commercial approach, as well as proficient in excel


  • Excellent interpersonal skills


  • Collaborative. Working flexibly as part of the wider Buying team you will support in projects and cross functional meetings as appropriate
  • An example of our values, a trusted and respected colleague
  • Engaging. Able to influence your stakeholders, retail and brands, you know how to use both data and market trends to drive commercial opportunities


  • Organised with attention to detail


  • Ability to influence

Job Details:

Company: Selfridges

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: London, England

Application Deadline: N/A

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