Assistant Buyer (Accessories & Lifestyle) - FARFETCH

UK London
16 Sep 2022
04 Nov 2022
Full Time
Browns Fashion

Disruptive, unexpected and revolutionary in our own way... Browns changed the course of retail and fashion history forever when it opened in 1970. Born in London but celebrated globally, we're the one-stop shop for the best luxury fashion including established designers and emerging talent; renowned for our influence in fashion and style, and our innovative approach to retail and high-level service. Powered by Farfetch, we continue to disrupt the retail landscape to deliver a global luxury shopping experience of the future, championing creativity and originality.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. Together we are here to make a difference and to spread kindness. We welcome differences, empower individuality, and celebrate diverse skills and perspectives, creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

Our London Head Office is based on Old Street, London's tech hub, home to a broad range of teams including Ecommerce, Tech & Product, Brand Engagement, Buying, Merchandising and People. Our open plan space is ideal for collaborative working and sharing ideals, or you can enjoy some quiet time in our dedicated library. We also have a large outdoor terrace which is the perfect spot to have a team lunch or host events. We also have homes in the form of our retail boutiques, Browns Brook Street in Mayfair, and Browns East in Shoreditch.


We are product people at heart. Tastemakers in the industry, we're passionate about incubating the most exciting talent the fashion industry has to offer, combining the finest names in luxury with emerging talent. We collaborate with brands and designers from all corners of the globe, carefully curating product to bring our customers an edit with a point of view.

The Role

This role reports directly to the Buyer, working within the Women's buying team and supporting on Accessories and Lifestyle. As an Assistant Buyer you will support the team to deliver strategic execution of the seasonal buying strategy, driving performance and contributing to growth across the categories.

What you'll do:

    • You will assist the Buyer in developing the seasonal strategy for the department, identifying key opportunities and tactical plans to deliver on growth targets.
    • You will line manage two Buying Administration Assistants, taking accountability for their performance and supporting their development.
    • You will attend market with the Buyer, assisting in the selection process and ensuring a smooth appointment or facilitating appointments independently of the Buyer when required.
    • You will proactively research and seek out new designers, proposing brand suggestions to the Buyers, helping Browns to assert itself as an incubator for emerging designers with a real point of difference.
    • You will maintain strong relationships and continuous contact with suppliers, negotiating with confidence to ensure a positive stock and trading position.
    • You will work collaboratively with the wider business, inclusive of Merchandising, Brand Engagement and Retail, in order to contribute to the business's commercial performance.
    • You will analyse sales performance and monitor sell throughs, proposing and executing trading actions in order to improve sales performance and reduce risk to the business.

Who you are:

    • You are passionate about product and pro-active in developing product and industry trends.
    • You demonstrate creativity in your curiosity to discover new brands and bring new ideas to your team to support innovation and growth within your category.
    • You have a commercial mindset, with the ability to both recognise opportunities and risks, to support trade decisions.
    • You have a structured approach to work, with the ability to confidentially plan and prioritise workload to support and protect the wider business.
    • You are Excel proficient, confident in navigating through data, to interpret and analyse a multitude of different reports and protect data integrity.
    • You embody all of our values including Be Human; showing kindness and respect towards yourself and others, problem solving with empathy and see mistakes as learning opportunities.

Rewards & Benefits

    • Equity within the FARFETCH group and annual bonus/or commission
    • 33 day holidays per year plus holiday trading
    • Flexible benefits - Private Insurance, Dental Insurance, Season Ticket Loan, Employee Savings ISAs, ClassPass and more
    • Discount of 50% off at Browns
    • Life Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance & Pension Scheme
    • Flexible working environment and more!

Equal Opportunities

    • Browns Fashion is an equal opportunities employer ensuring that all applications are treated equally and fairly throughout our recruitment process. We are determined that no application experiences discrimination on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, age, gender identity, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran status, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. We continue to build our consciously inclusive culture as part of our positively FARFETCH strategy throughout our business, partnerships, and communities.

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