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Senior Book Buyer

Head Office/Support Centre

Senior Buyer - Books - Hybrid Working

Reporting to the Head of Category and working closely with the Trading Director, the successful candidate will be highly driven and tenacious with experience in Far East sourcing, preferably for a multi-channel retailer. You will be responsible for range building, NPD and taking advantage of product opportunities from within the UK market. As the Buyer you will be responsible for developing the buying strategy for your product areas. You'll make sure we have the right products in at the right time, in the right volume and at the right price, using your influencing and negotiating skills to build relationships.

Some of the key points of the role of Buyer at The Works

  • Understand The Works customer base and use this knowledge to develop customer-centric product ranges that will deliver company sales and hit every KPI each financial year
  • Negotiate and secure promotional opportunities with suppliers in line with sales and profitability requirements
  • Ensure prompt delivery of stock and correct phasing of intake to meet sales targets
  • Work with key internal stakeholders to plan, communicate and manage product range changeover
  • Negotiate and improve trading terms and manage your suppliers to the benefit of The Works
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Far East suppliers and UK based suppliers 
  • Identify and develop new supplier opportunities in order to improve The Works market position and further improve category profitability

About You

To be successful within this role you will need to be able to demonstrate the following attributes;

  • Proven experience within previous Buying positions, preferably within Retail
  • A highly driven, experienced and confident negotiator with the ability to manage important relationships with suppliers
  • Excellent commercial skills, resilience and the ability to plan and work under pressure 
  • A highly motivated individual with a passion for retail who will thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Customer focussed
  • A proven team player
  • Demonstrate the ability to work cross functionally within a business
  • Be able to communicate confidently and concisely to all levels within the business and successfully work cross culturally
  • Possess excellent IT skills

What we will give to you…!

  • 25% discount off our products in store!
  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays).
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme to increase your annual leave entitlement.
  • Company pension contribution.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Life Assurance.
  • Healthcare Cash Plan.
  • Free Car Parking.
  • Charity Giving - Pennies from Heaven and Give as you Earn.

About Us:

At The Works we believe in giving everyone the opportunity to learn, be inspired and have fun. This applies to our customers and people

Our customers love us as we are a unique place to get inspiration on new books to read, get crafty or to learn and play with their families

A common theme from our people when asked why they love working in our business, is that it's like having a second family at work and you can't find our culture anywhere else - nice right? Our atmosphere is welcoming, friendly and inclusive. Plus, there’s something new which upskills our teams to stay engaged, motivated and grow as professionals

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