Team Lead Buying Premium

05 Jun 2020
22 Jun 2020
As a Team Lead Buying for Premium reporting into the Director of Buying Premium and Luxury, you are responsible for creating a clearly defined assortment and strategic growth strategy and taking ownership for its execution and delivery. You plan and manage the budget for this business and you are responsible for leading the complete buying team, including all product categories (Textiles, Shoes, Accessories) for Women, Men and Unisex.

  • You will provide creative and strategic direction for the existing brand portfolio and will guide your team on sourcing new brands to expand our assortment offer.
  • You drive the strategy and help to identify strategic marketing & product stories alongside the Marketing & Country teams.
  • You control OTB for your category to maximize sales, gross margin and inventory turn. You are passionate about Premium and Luxury products, are familiar with Industry trends and are knowledgeable about the overall Premium & Luxury Fashion Industry.
  • Owning and managing the performance of the assortment, you will work closely with Merchandise Planning to drive sales and maximize profits. You take responsibility for owning and driving In-Season KPIs. You influence the OTB for your category to maximize sales, gross margin and inventory turn.
  • Maximizing relationships, you will build strong, trustful long term partnerships with the biggest brands for this unit such as Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Versace and Armani Group, as well as Luxury players such as Moschino, Missoni and MCM.
  • You possess strong negotiation skills and the ability to take a strategic view on maximizing long term sales and profit potential.
  • You will forge strong cross category relationships, supporting amongst others our Partner Program and ZMS (Zalando Marketing Solutions) teams.
  • Leading people is your passion. Alongside your key functional responsibilities, you will be fully responsible for leading, coaching and developing your team by identifying their strengths, development areas and training needs. You will look after a team of over 19 people across various levels from Assistant Buyer through to Senior Buyer, with 7 direct reports.

  • Relevant Buying and/or business development experience at a management level, within a fast-paced retail business, ideally a multi-branded E-commerce retailer
  • As a strong leader, you are strategic and are able to manage multiple stakeholders effectively. You understand and are motivated by the challenges of the fashion e-com business. You pride yourself in your leadership skills with relevant experience leading a large team
  • Expertise in spotting trends and brave enough to take strategic buying decisions. You have a history of successfully implementing new process to become more efficient and customer-centric
  • Strong analytical skills are required to be successful in the role and strong business acumen in decision making

  • A workplace run on trust, empowerment and feedback; positive, inspiring working atmosphere
  • Competitive salary, employee share shop, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, centrally located offices, public transport discounts, municipality services, great IT equipment, flexible working times, additional holidays and volunteering time off, free beverages and fruits, diverse sports and health offerings
  • Mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts
  • Relocation assistance for internationals, PME family service and parent & child rooms


Zalando is Europe's leading online platform for fashion, connecting customers, brands and partners across 17 markets. We drive digital solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 23 million active customers through diverse skill-sets, interests and languages our teams choose to use.

We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Please note that all applications must be completed using the online form - we do not accept applications via e-mail.

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