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Junior Buyer - Level Shoes

Chalhoub Group


Ref: GP285-285

Job description / Role

We are currently recruiting an exciting role with our Level Shoes department store based Dubai Mall. We are looking for a Junior Buyer to assist the Senior Buyers with follow ups on orders and manage the buys for local brands in Dubai.

If you are passionat about footwear and working with the leading Luxury shoes epartment stores then this role could be for you!

Main Responsibilities

A buyer’s role includes managing OTB deployed by business unit, product selection, ensuring point of sales are filled commercially and the brand image is well executed. These key points are reflected from pre-buying stage to the post buying stage and are monitored throughout the season. The role also includes key responsibilities in areas of stock covers, mark downs, and reconducted/permanent.

As a key role in the organization, Regional Buyers are the image of the group, as such they must display a capacity to fully stand and display the values of Chalhoub Group: Respect – Fairness, Integrity, Humility, Excellence – Role Model, Commitment and Efficiency and Entrepreneurial Spirit – Leadership, Ingenuity and Team Spirit.

Ensure conformity of Catalog management and Assortment planning
• Prepare seasonal optimal assortment plan by category for each type of store, following brand’s guidelines and instruct local merchandise team accordingly
• Ensure that assortment in stores is respected by performing regular visits in countries during season and that corrective actions are taken if needed
• Ensure that shop floor employees understand the assortment of the new season during the post-buying debrief by explaining the placement for the core assortment the best sellers, the range, mood board and seasonal color according to calendar for each store

Provide insights for store Purchase budget
• Provide insights on sell-thru targets by categories to reflect the potential of categories in the region
• Provide insights on sell-thru targets by stores to reflect the potential of stores
• Representing the brand in its respective categories according to the merchandising plan for the given market

Drive the Buying cycle

• Make an end-to-end calendar for the buying season (pre-buying, buying and post-buying) to mobilize the merchandise teams (regional buyer, regional and local analysts) and commercial teams (RSM, area and store managers) and clarify the deliverables, the meetings and the timeline
• Ensure that the local merchandise team receive templates for pre-buying in time and provide them with precise explanations on segmentation and categories , enabling proposing appropriate requests to the brand
• Ensure that the local merchandise team and the commercial teams receive all information from the supplier available before buying (season key looks, colors and items, must-have per stores for brand image, limited editions and one-shot productions, split by categories for the season core assortment)
• Ensure agreement with commercial team (RSM, area managers, store managers) during/after pre-buying sessions on a store by store parameters (depth of season core assortment, depth of must have and seasonal, share of atypical items) and alignment on cross selling ratios per categories (tie to shirt, socks to shoes, belts to pants, etc…) as well as color split by size, size breakdown and average retail

• Ensure that store by store orders are done according to budget ratios by category and recommendations of commercial teams during pre-buying sessions
• Ensure risk mitigation on atypical items
• Ensure that all relevant documentation from supplier (collection book, merchandising book, etc…) is collected and shared with the shop floor through RSM
• Ensure that commercial teams (RSM, area manages, store managers) are immediately informed of the buying outcome by sending a summary of the buying with mandatory information such as categories bought vs forecast (quantities, values, share of brand) , justifications of deviations above 5% thresholds and illustration of collection
• Validate product cancellations/substitutions proposed by supplier vs order placed

Post Buying:
• Ensure that selling season is well prepared by performing a post-buying session in each country involving the local merchandise team and the commercial team (RSM, area managers, store managers) with:
• a summary of purchase made vs. budget by category and store
• set up calendar of items exiting shop floor
• a thorough explanation of the spirit of the collection and points of focus (fabrics, colors, etc…)
• an overview of the merchandise guidelines to support the sales
• recommended line targets to push categories and products from the very beginning of the season
• Ensure that the brand strategy for the season is well understood by RSM and regional marketing team by organizing a debrief of the season with a particular focus on brand strategy, new product categories, target groups of customers, core products for brand image and major countries targeted

Provide support for Replenishment reordering

Support regional merchandise manager in decisions on reordering
• Provide insights on parameters for replenishment of basics to respect assortment planning in stores
• Support in Inventory management

Support regional merchandise manager in decisions regarding transfers
• Monitor levels of stock coverage across the region and provide analyses
• Monitor levels of stock ageing across the region and provide analyses
• If needed, make suggestions for regional store to store transfers
• During visits to check assortment in stores, provide instructions to local Merchandise team in order to submit immediate rebalancing to Regional merchandise manager if needed

Support in Stock liquidation decisions
• provide recommendation on suitability of SKU for liquidation according to Brand’s guidelines
• Negotiate Logistics and deliveries
• Ensure that suppliers commit on supply windows to enable start of season without delay
• If possible, obtain dates of orders confirmation from supplier

Design reporting templates and reports
• Ensure that templates for pre-buying and post-buying books provided are accurate, aligned with Brand’s categories
• Ensure that specificities of countries and stores are captured through the templates provided to the local teams
• Analyze brand reports at regional level based on consolidated information from local merchandise team and analyses on direct extraction from system


Ideal Profile
• Education: University Degree in Business or Marketing
• Previous Experience: 1-3 years of experience in buying luxury footwear

Retail Technical Competencies
• Retail Affinity & Understanding
• Business & Commercial Acumen
• Operational Excellence
• Foresight & Creativity
• Superior Guest Experience
• Organisational Adaptability

Chalhoub Behavioral Competencies
• Customer Focus
• Managing Diverse Relationships
• Operational Excellence
• Effective Communication
• Energy, Drive and Flexibility
• Creativity and Innovation
• Building and Developing a High Performance Culture
• Managerial Courage
• Managing Resources (People, Finance, Data etc.)

About the Company

The Chalhoub Group is the leading partner for luxury across the Middle East since 1955. As an expert in retail, distribution and marketing services based in Dubai, the group has become a major player in the fashion, beauty and gift sectors regionally.

By blending its Middle East expertise and intimate knowledge of luxury, Chalhoub Group is building brands in the region, by offering service excellence to all its partners and a unique experience to its customers through its passionate teams.

With a growing workforce of more than 9,000 people, implemented in 14 countries, as well as the operating of over 470 retail outlets, the group's success is attributed to its most valued asset of highly skilled and dedicated teams. Professionalism and passion are what fuel the Chalhoub Group's competitive edge in today's market.

By being committed to implementing sustainable practices into their business, the Chalhoub Group has been awarded in 2013 the CSR Label from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

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