Job Title: Graduate Assistant Buyer

  • Salary: £2124k
  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • Date posted: 05/11/2009
  • Date expires: 17/11/2009
  • Degree Subject: Any Business, Retail or Numerical degree
  • Degree Grade Equivalent: 2:1
  • UCAS Points: 240
  • Position Type: Full-Time
  • Job Category: Buying and Purchasing
  • Vacancy Reference: GC11920BUY

With well over 200 UK stores, my client is one of the largest electrical goods retailers in the UK. Coupled with internet shopping and home delivery services, they employ several thousand staff and operate across Europe.

I'm seeking a motivated and energetic graduate who wishes to progress their career as a retail buyer. The successful graduate will have excellent business acumen, great communication skills and will be highly numerate. This is an exciting career.

The successful graduate will be responsible for assisting the Category Buyer in the management of buying; developing and ranging products and services that support the achievement of the category plan and meet company objectives. The job itself is centrally based, however, there may be some UK travel involved and flexibility will be essential.

Key Accountabilities:

- To monitor sales and margin performance, and interpret variances against budgets and forecasts for the buyer.
- To monitor competitor activity and communicate to the Category Buyer.
- To use customer, sales and market information to support the buyer in creating a product range that meets market needs, supports the customer proposition and achieves department goals.
- To ensure that all promotional finances are kept up to date.
- To contribute towards establishing, maintaining and building strong relationships with suppliers and other internal departments.
- To assist the Category Buyer in negotiating with suppliers.
- To manage the process for raising income from suppliers, monitoring it vs. targets and reconciling it with Finance.

Essential Skills:

- Must be a graduate with the drive and desire to pursue a career in a fast moving commercial environment.
- Must be highly numerate and possess excellent analytical skills.
- Must be self-motivated, have strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to solve problems at the source.
- Must have the potential to develop excellent negotiation skills.
- Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Must have a confident personality and be comfortable in social situations.
- Must have the ability to work well under pressure, prioritise and work within tight timescales.
- Must possess excellent organisation skills and good time management.
- Must be a team player and have an eye for detail.
- Must be PC literate with a good working knowledge of spreadsheets.
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