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Junior Buyer Brand New Product Area
River Island
Hanger Lane - Greater London
 
River Island are currently recruiting a brand new team. As our success and growth continue we are launching a new product area to add to our expanding portfolio. You will be part of this exciting launch from beginning to end, hold lots of autonomy and directly influence the decision making. Needless to say we're very excited!

We're going places.......

With more than 60 years of history in the bag, ours is a brand with an impressive heritage. Style is well and truly in our blood. As well as UK and Ireland, we are represented globally through our stores in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our e-commerce business is helping to set the trend globally, shipping to 125 countries whilst also growing our presence on the world’s leading digital fashion marketplaces.

Our people make all the difference. Just as the River Island name pulls customers in off the high street and inspires them to buy online, our employer brand turns the heads of talented people, inspiring them to join, stay and grow with us.

WHAT YOU DO MATTERS…

Our Buyers are at the heart of our business and at River Island you would be working as part of a leading buying team in a fast, dynamic, diverse and exciting environment. Working closely with our Merchandisers and Designers you will be an integral part of our team responsible for creating trend driven product ranges for our customer.

For this role we are looking for an experienced Buyer ideally from a mens clothing background with a great eye for young, fast fashion.

Key duties would include:-

  • Working closely with the Design, Merchandising team and Buying Controller to develop a creative and balanced product range
  • Providing a high degree of input on product and competitor activity
  • Ensuring relevant trends and fashion are translated appropriately for our brand and customer
  • Maintaining all aspects of the critical path with your Assistant Buyer and BAA
  • Negotiating with and influencing own buy suppliers
  • Ensuring the smooth running of the development process, maintaining schedules and key deadlines
  • Training and developing your Assistant Buyer and Buyers Admin Assistant
Candidates should possess the following:-

  • Currently operating as a Junior Buyer looking for an exciting move 
  • A solid buying career to-date within extensive experience in Menswear
  • Excellent commercial awareness and a creative eye for products/trends
  • Strong communication, influencing and networking skills at all levels
  • Previous experience of overseeing and delegating a demanding workload to junior members of a team
  • A methodical/logical approach to work and the ability to prioritise for the team, when given deadlines
  • A flexible approach and ability to take initiative to respond quickly to change
  • Team player, understanding priorities and work load of other departments with the ability to develop more junior members of the team
  • A desire to develop themselves, with the business
 

WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING… and we know exactly what experience we’re looking for!

  • Currently operating at Junior Buyer level with a solid buying career to-date within a fast fashion brand
  • Buying experience within a high street/fast fashion retailer
  • Outstanding commercial awareness, with a creative eye for product and trends
  • Good time management skills with the ability to plan, organise and prioritise tasks under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Be a team player, understanding priorities and work load of other departments
  • Excellent communication and networking skills at all levels
  • Proven management skills, with the ability to coach and develop junior members of the team
  • Love the brand as much as we do!
 

IT NEVER GETS BORING…

If you are ambitious and love working in a busy environment where every day is new, then River Island is the place to be! As a business, we are committed to developing our talent and offer a fantastic training program to help you optimise your performance and support your career progression with the company.

Our working environment is busy, fast moving and responsive to our customers’ needs, much like our training which is unique to our business and reflective of our fun and refreshing brand and our people within it! Our River Academy offers ongoing training and development by running workshops throughout the year varying from courses focusing on softer skills to the more technical courses you may require to perform your duties.

 It’s not all work and no play here either…we all work hard but we also like to have fun too! We are a social bunch and regularly host events ranging from Summer and Christmas parties, bake offs, and lots of charity events!

WE LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER…and in doing so, we provide great benefits for our employees:                      

  • 50% Staff Discount
  • Company Car/Car Allowance
  • Bonus scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Competitive holidays plus bank holidays
  • Season ticket loan
  • Healthcare scheme
  • Discounted on-site gym membership
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Staff Shop
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Free onsite parking
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