Assistant Buyer - Tommy Hilfiger Menswear (PVH)

London, United Kingdom
01 Oct 2021
09 Nov 2021
Full Time
With a history going back over 130 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest global apparel companies. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries with over $8 billion in revenues.

Founded in 1968 and acquired by PVH Corp. in 2003, Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses. We strive to make a positive impact on the world. We inspire passion in our people. We embody authenticity and embrace individuality.

Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world's leading designer lifestyle brands, internationally recognised for celebrating the essence of "classic American cool" style. Founded in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger was acquired by PVH Corp. in 2010. We engage consumers through 360° marketing campaigns, innovative events, exciting collaborations and brand partnerships, and work with some of the biggest names from the world of Fashion, Art, Music and Entertainment.


PVH Buying is responsible for the selection, range building and product strategy for the UK+ business. In a constantly changing retail environment we look to build the best assortment for each retail location, based upon: customer profile, sales targets and regional retail landscape. Working closely with all key retail stakeholders (merchandising, retail operations, visual merchandising and store teams) collaboration, strong communication and a passion for opportunity and success are the foundations for this team!

Reporting into the Buyer, the Assistant Buyer plays a key role in delivering the Buying strategy for the Channel (Full Price, Concession/Ecomm), with specific areas of ownership. Collaborating with the Planner, they are responsible for building the TH brands commercial product assortment to meet our customers' requirements and deliver a market leading range.

Responsibilities include:

Planning, Strategy & Market
  • To help deliver pre-season actions that maximise sales and profit opportunities (whilst partnering in the trading and opportunities that occur in-season).
  • Manage the process of taking product from strategy, planning, development and selection to stores - meeting our store and customer requirements.
  • Identify department trends based on past and present results, customer and store feedback and industry trends, using this data to drive current and future season sales.
  • Providing input into price point strategy for ranges.
  • Working with the buyer / planner to formulate a detailed (range) plan on the products to be offered by season/phase.
  • Ability to manage OTB alongside the buyer and planning team recommending rebuys/new opportunities.
  • Aligning seasonal assortment with financial plans, visual merchandising and assortment guidelines.
  • Ensuring BAA enters all orders ahead of deadlines and that all relevant checks / summaries take place
  • Ensure all cancellations/sell-outs are replaced (and reviewed) in good time.
  • Support the buyer in any preparation for seasonal buy reviews (including buy strategy, product pushes/key investments and seasonal trends).
  • With the buyer, conduct seasonal hindsight meetings with key stakeholders for lessons learnt / opportunities

In-Season Management
  • The Assistant Buyer will also attended and contribute to the Monday morning buying meeting. Reviewing the previous week's sales, best and worst sellers for the buying department. Constantly considering opportunities for improvement and development.
  • Working with the BAA's to make sure the Buy Bibles are prepared before SKO's
  • Ensure timely delivery of new season product into stores and concessions (in line with TH installation and/or Retail Calendar dates).
  • Orderbook management with the BAA's and Merch.
  • Collaborate on replenishment / re-order process, making sure of timely execution.
  • Reviews weekly performance (down to style level) against planned/forecasted sales.
  • Provide information to Selling / VM teams to allow them to provide layout plans to stores
  • Liaise with PR, Marketing, Visual Merchandising and Retail Operations teams to ensure that sales are maximized, and the department reaches its full potential.
  • Managing critical path from strategy to store delivery for each season
  • Regular visits to stores / concessions - proposing opportunities and reasoning for relevant visits with line manager.
  • Conducting regular market visits, to understand trends, promotional activity and other initiatives by our competitors.
  • Responsibility for the development and motivation of BAA whilst displaying the PVH values.

About YOU
  • You'll be an experienced AB.
  • You'll have previous experience of formulating and delivering a detailed plan for taking products from strategy/best buy to sales floor.
  • You'll have owned the development, sign-off and delivery of a product plan.
  • You are a skilled in presenting.
  • You'll have strong stakeholder management skills and the ability to build relationships with ease.
  • You'll be a commercially astute and confident decision maker, communicating with impact across all levels.
  • You will work well with change, being able to quickly adapt and work with pace.
  • You'll have strong analytical skills, including knowledge of retail math.
  • You'll be highly organised and demonstrate the ability to prioritise and multitask, in addition to managing and developing more junior members of team.


At PVH, we understand that the success of our organisation is directly related to our hardworking and dedicated associates who contribute their time and talents to help make our Company the success it is. That is why we are committed to providing a competitive and comprehensive benefits program that offers the protection, peace of mind and flexibility designed to support our associates - both at home and at work.

PVH Europe and our brands, TOMMY HILFIGER and CALVIN KLEIN, are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community of associates with a strong sense of belonging. We believe we are bettered by all forms of diversity, and take pride in working with top talent from every walk of life and corner of the world. In the spirit of inclusivity, qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, ethnicity, ability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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