Product Development Coordinator / Junior Buyer - Home

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Greater Manchester | Ref: BBBH22479

£24000.00 - £26000.00 per annum + bonus

Role Title
Product Development Coordinator / Junior Buyer - Home Accessories
Greater Manchester
Up to £26k + bonus

Role Profile
Our client, a leading and long-standing supplier of a wide range of products including Giftware, Seasonal and Home Accessories, is looking to appoint a Product Development Coordinator, otherwise known as "Junior Buyer" to a newly created role in their business as it expands. The business supplies into major retailers from discount to high-end as well as independents across to country as well as worldwide. Your new role will be varied; from supporting the Product Development Manager in helping build a range plan keeping up with trends and dealing with high turnover to taking on a variety of administrative tasks including building your own mood boards and relationship management of suppliers. With new ranges accounting for a massive 40% of business sales each year, no day will be the same in terms of the products you will be working with! This is a fantastic opportunity for an energetic, ambitious and creative individual to join an established supplier with an excellent reputation in the industry. The ideal candidate will come with numerical, creative and presentation skills.


  • Managing the liaison and sample management process across all suppliers to ensure samples are accurate and arrive on-time for approval
  • Independent analysis and research of the market to be aware of and brief trends from nationals, independents, export and high street retailers to the entire business and integrating this research into the sample selection and product approval process to support the Product Development Manager (Senior Buyer)
  • Looking after six main brands and keeping up with trends
  • Administration of all sample approvals and modifications utilising and briefing designers to implement changes and expedite sample revisions
  • Liaising with existing and new suppliers to create and maintain a great working relationship
  • Building creative mood boards and able to confidently present these to the sales team
  • Holding strong numerical skills; working on competitive pricing, building range plans and targeting
  • Managing administration they require in an accurate and timely fashion and all payments and contractual obligations are managed as necessary
  • Supporting the Stock Controller and Product Director with reports and analysis of brand expenditure, SKU counts, product development time and costs in line with the development and management of open to buy budgets for each brand

Skills, Experience & Personal Attributes

  • Buying/ Product Development Experience
  • Must have relevant product area experience in: Home Accessories, Gifting, Seasonal, Cards etc.
  • A Junior Buyer or Senior Assistant Buyer looking to take the next step
  • Experience of liaising with suppliers
  • Creative with a passion for NPD and a genuine interest in product
  • Strong communicator/ relationship builder
  • Commercially aware and customer focused
  • Go-getter, energetic and bright with a positive attitude
  • Innovative, ideas-focused
  • Into the detail with strong administrative skills
  • Happy to muck-in and work cross-functionally

Client information
Our client is a leading and long-standing supplier of Giftware, Home Accessories and Seasonal products

Up to £26k + bonus

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