Assistant Buyer

London (East), London (Greater)
27 Jan 2022
27 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

At Self-Portrait we are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Assistant Buyer to join the buying team. 

As Assistant buyer at self-portrait you will work directly with Head of Buying along with the ecom team. 

We work in a fast-paced environment, so willingness to learn, take part in all aspects of the role, and a passion for your work are key. There is a lot of invaluable experience to be learnt as part of our small team, so this is a great opportunity for the right candidate.


Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • 1-3 years’ experience as an assistant buyer in a contemporary/ premium/ high street brand. 
  • A positive can-do attitude, and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail.
  • A strong fashion eye with awareness of the market and fashion trends.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and able to work to deadlines. 
  • Excellent communication skills.


Main responsibilities

  • Work with head of buying to trade within the season to potentialise sales and profits – we work at a fast pace and are extremely reactive.
  • Actively contributing by identifying risks and opportunities across all categories that are supported by data and presenting these to the Head of Buying.
  • Managing shipments, highlighting to the Head of buying any risks of not meeting launch dates.
  • Updating line sheet with key information ahead of selling.
  • Uploading attributes and categories accurately in zedonk.
  • Increase profit across all product categories in line with the company’s growth ambitions.
  • Support Head of Buying with pricing architecture & product buying for all channels increasing margin profitability where necessary. As well as identifying missed product opportunities.
  • Preparing presentation boards for RRP, Ecom drop launches and Buy sign off meetings ahead of deadline.
  • Proactively identify and execute development opportunities for the brand external and internal i.e. range plan discussion’s capsules & exclusives.
  • Liaising with Merchandising and being proactive with trading the e-com & retail business.
  • De-risking volumes to buys if delivery is affected/fit issues/QC issues.
  • Continuously review competitor activity by carrying out comp shops monitoring trends in the market for pricing architecture & new category expansion. 
  • Work with Ecom to review website weekly, ensuring categories are updated and relevant to best sellers and the current mood. 


Please apply with CV and cover letter.