Senior Buyer in KIDS Footwear (all genders)

04 Mar 2022
30 May 2022
As a Senior Buyer in KIDS Footwear Lifestyle & Premium, you will be part of a high performing and driven team! You will work alongside the team lead to develop innovative and strategic solutions for your Unit’s brand portfolio. You’ll be handling big strategic brands such as Nike, adidas and Converse and therefore you are passionate about the Lifestyle & Streetwear industry. You have strong analytical skills and customer driven mindset to develop appealing assortments that will attract new customers and excite existing ones. You enjoy team leadership and people development, as you will oversee a team with a Buyer, two Junior Buyers and one Assistant Buyer.
At Zalando, our vision is to be the starting point for fashion - one that is inclusive by design. We only assess candidates based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, personal expressions, racial identities, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and disability statuses. We only want to know why you’re great for this role, so please avoid including your picture, age, and marital status in your CV as well.

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  • As the Senior Buyer you shape the mid and long term strategy of the Lifestyle & Premium Unit, taking into account the Zalando strategy, your customer profile, trends and competitive landscape. You are fluent in commanding your KPIs and role model collaboration with the senior merchandiser, steering the seasonal budget and OTB to monitor the performance of your unit and take action accordingly
  • You will be responsible for the creative direction of your business unit on a seasonal basis, bringing with your entrepreneurial mindset exclusive ranges and collaborations to live that are best in class
  • You drive key partner strategy and have direct ownership for top accounts (e.g. Nike, adidas and Converse) in your portfolio, directing the acquisition of new brands, negotiating the best terms for Zalando and identifying all levers for growth. You will manage key strategic brands and relationships across both wholesale and platform business models
  • You will work cross functionally to drive sales and maximise profit and exchanging with other departments like Content, Logistics, Marketing and Production are key to your work, ensuring that we act in line with the whole organisation
  • You will lead, develop and nurture a high performing team of 3 (1 Buyer, 2 Junior Buyers and 1 Assistant Buyer). You display strong leadership skills and are a role model for the Zalando key values.
  • Degree in business, economics or fashion management and 4+ years professional experience in experience in working for a fast paced e-commerce retailing business working within an international multi brand environment, it’s a plus if you bring experience from the KIDS industry
  • A strong leader who is passionate about developing people, guiding their career and acting as a role model for the wider women textile buying team
  • Your excellent analytical skills put you on top of the class and you love working with numbers to validate your gut instinct buying decisions and take risks to achieve your unit plan
  • Negotiation skill set, you have mastered both written and spoken negotiation. You display strong stakeholder and relationship management skills, both with internal and external stakeholders
  • Clear knowledge and understanding of both the young fashion brand landscape within Europe, including platform and marketplace models
  • A passion for Lifestyle & Streetwear trends and fashion is crucial with an understanding of how this links to the markets within Europe.
Career Development
  • We offer peer-to-peer performance reviews twice a year
  • Learn and develop through our extensive Zalando training platform
  • Join regular all-hands, team meetings, Q&A-sessions, and quarterly anonymous employee surveys to ask your questions and provide your feedback
  • Support from an international team of experts; mentoring and professional development opportunities

  • 2 days paid leave per year for volunteering
  • Minimum of 27 holiday days per calendar year
  • Online sports courses, wellbeing, and nutrition advice offered by Humanoo personal wellbeing coach app
  • Mental wellbeing support by our Employee Assistance Program and professional consultants to help you find health resources

  • Flexible working hours
  • Relocation assistance for internationals
  • If you work from an office in your role, a choice of office equipment to be delivered to you, to support you working from home due to COVID-19 safety

  • Access to the employee shares program
  • 40% shopping discount on products shipped and sold by Zalando, and 30% discount on Zalando Lounge
  • Discounts from a wide range of external partners

  • Employee parents’ forums and employee resource group
  • Supported transition into and out of parental leave, with a buddy and re-onboarding plan
  • 3 fully-paid child sick days per year
  • Free counselling, assistance, and referral service for all matters concerning yourself and your family via the Fürstenberg Institute
It’s the perfect time to join Zalando on our journey, from being a pioneer in the world of e-commerce, to the starting point for fashion in Europe. We connect customers, brands, and partners across 23 markets.

Help us drive digital and sustainable solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 46 million active customers through a team of diverse skill-sets, cultural backgrounds, and interests.

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

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