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Buyer

  • Region:
    London
  • Team:
    Buying (Clothing and LWC)
  • Location:
    London - Television Centre
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Our Story

From its inception in 1994, Chrissie Rucker’s vision was to build a company that specialised in stylish, white, designer-quality items for the home that were not only exceptional quality, but also outstanding value for money. In addition to this devotion to simplicity, it was imperative the customer was put at the heart of everything and provided with a second-to-none shopping experience - and so The White Company was born.

Today, the company that began as a 12-page mail-order brochure has become one of the UK’s fast-growing multi-channel retailers and a leading lifestyle brand with 60 stores across the UK and impressive global growth. The White Company also has concessions in selected Nordstrom stores in the US, and a highly successful online business.

 

Our Role

Reporting to the Head of Buying, with responsibility for a significant product area to plan, source and develop, reporting into HOB. You will work collaboratively with Design & Merchandising to ensure range is the correct balance of new & contemporary product that meets sales, margin & profit objectives. In addition, you will manage & develop the junior members of the team. You will also be working closely with Senior Buyer/HOB to develop a robust sourcing & supply chain

Critical to this role is strong experience within Accessories & Footwear with a keen eye on finesse and quality 

 

What you’ll be doing

Product Development

  • To build a well balanced, customer focused range, working closely with Design & Creative teams to ensure the product range is sufficiently innovative, driving the newness suitable for the needs of all business channels, as well as delivering within the total collection aesthetic/structure
  • Drive business initiatives, new products or sourcing new suppliers, attending trade shows and networking opportunities
  • To work closely with the QA department throughout the development process to ensure sealing stages are running to critical path requirements, that we are able to meet quality, finesse and fit standards, risk is pre-empted and preventative action taken

 

Supplier Management

  • In collaboration with the QA team, ensure that suppliers deliver on their commitment to quality, sustainability and ethical standards, working efficiently within our process plan
  • Identify and drive new sourcing requirements & source solution to supply chain gaps

 

Commercial Awareness

  • Run weekly CP meetings ensuring all stakeholders are present and action points agreed and escalated
  • Lead Strategy for the new season development at category level. Presenting conclusion to Senior Buyer HOB to feed into top line department strategy
  • To have an excellent understanding of the target customer & competition through regular store visits & be pro-active in seeking customer feedback from all business channels.

 

Please Read the attached Job Description for more detail on skills & knowledge required and responsibilities in the role 

 

What we’ll offer you

At The White Company, we value our employees for always going the extra mile for every one of our customers; we reward this with great benefits and competitive salaries.

  • Discount -Up to 50% discount (dependant on contract type)
  • Holiday – 25 days rising to 28 with length of service
  • Holiday Buy – opportunity to buy up to an additional 5 days holiday
  • Perkplace Benefits Platform – offering a variety of discounts across wellbeing and lifestyle
  • Wagestream Money Management app - access to Wagestream gives you power over your pay and supports financial wellbeing
  • Bonus - In addition to our competitive salaries, all our permanent employees are entitled to join a discretionary bonus scheme.
  • Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Healthcare

Additional Benefits

  • Fruit basket daily
  • Tea and coffee provided
  • Working from Home - option to work from home on Mondays and Fridays
  • Social - Christmas party/social events throughout the year
  • Seasonal Sample Sales
  • Volunteer Day - with a charity of your choice
  • Great Location - Close to transport links - overground Shepherds Bush station /underground White City & Wood Lane stations. Westfield shopping centre with shops restaurants/bars/cinema and gyms

 
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London - Television Centre
2 Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London, United Kingdom, W12 7RJ
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