Assistant Buyer - St Helens

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Assistant Buyers provide support to Buyers, helping to develop ranges and identify pricing architecture, as well as highlighting new and improved product opportunities to maximise sales.

An Assistant Buyer will be expected to develop market understanding, including benchmarking tasks and competitor analyses.Specific areas of responsibility include overseeing samples, briefs to publications departments and copy checking. In this role there is opportunity for cross team working with the Merchandising department as well as the Marketing team, focusing on areas such as e-commerce.

An Assistant Buyer will deputise for the Buyer when necessary and prepare and attend briefing sessions with internal teams as well as compile data to required deadlines.

The skills required

You will be an ambitious and driven individual with commercial acumen and marketawareness. The ability to negotiate will be valued and, ideally, you will have experience of purchasing.

Organisational skills are key, as well as the capability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. Highly numerate, IT literate and analytical, you will be someone who remains calm under pressure and be an adept communicator.

Flexibility is key as well as being self-driven, honest and capable of supporting the senior team. It’s important you are open to challenging accepted ways of buying, and continually strive to innovate. You will be confident in meeting environments and able to present reports to the senior team.

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Assistant Buyer Jobs in St Helens

As towns go, St Helens is relatively new, only being formally declared a town in the middle of the 1800s as a result of the rapid growth and joining together of a number of small villages and hamlets. It’s fair to say that St Helens had a good Industrial Revolution, with good coal mining, chemical works, salt mining, lime and alkali extraction and copper smelting going on in the area. But all this was overshadowed by St Helens’s reputation as a glassmaking town, with several huge factories contributing to the success.

Glassmaking and coal mining survived as a large employers up until the 1980s and early 1990s, but it these associations have more or less left the town now, except for Pilkington, which remains in the town.

St Helens now exists as a mainly residential town, with retail and entertainment playing a large part. As well as a thriving town centre there are several retail outlets and supermarkets for big-name brands. It’s also in the commuter belt for both Liverpool and Manchester, and is well served by road and rail. The blend of industry and residential trade does create the opportunity for Assistant Buyer vacancies to appear in St Helens, and we have found several of these or related placements in recent years.

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