Assistant Buyer

Recruiter
Ralph Lauren
Location
Watford, United Kingdom
Posted
06 Sep 2022
Closes
29 Oct 2022
Ref
32250
Function
Buyer
Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview
This is an exciting opportunity for a Buying Assistant to join and contribute to a high-performing Childrenswear team. You will provide integral operational support to the buying team, to ensure we achieve our department financial plans, and our seasonal strategies are realised from inception all the way to implementation in store.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Key Responsibilities:
* Autonomous and Accurate Delivery and Purchase Order Management. Clear communication of orders status, challenges, and opportunities to wider team.
* Meticulous data integrity and management of daily, weekly, and seasonal buying responsibilities; Deliveries, Pricing, Assortment Updates, and general admin support.
* Ability to manage required tools and systems, as well as troubleshoot any issues and identify better ways of working to improve efficiency.
* Demonstrate and communicate awareness of retail landscape; conduct research on competitive set including pricing, style, and key messages and translate findings into actions.
* Support in preparing necessary documents and resources for major calendar meetings, including Hindsight, Buy Review and Sign Off.
* Agile Outlook and email management to maintain department critical path.
* Able to analyze business reports with support from manager to broaden knowledge. Develop the ability to draw top line conclusions and actions from analysis.
* Build relationships with cross-functional partners across Stores, Production, Merchandising and Creative to ensure the department critical path is maintained to the highest standard.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge
Experience, Skills and Knowledge Required:
* Advanced computer skills (experienced in Excel, Work, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
* Highly organized
* Ability to manage timelines and juggle priorities
* Attention to detail and accuracy
* A strong team player who is adaptable within different circumstances
* Strong analytical skills
* Awareness of product trends and current state of market
* Resilient with an agile and resourceful mindset, able to over-come challenges by focusing on solutions
* Effective communication skills at all levels, both written and spoken
* Previous experience in a similar Buying, Planning or Merchandising role is preferable

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