Assistant Buyer

Date Posted: 10 days ago
Salary: £23,000 a year

Job Description

Job title Assistant Buyer Job reference REQ001245 Date posted 20/08/2021 Application closing date 05/09/2021 Location Falmouth Job category/type Head office Attachments Blank Job description

At Seasalt we live and breathe our product and are proud of the exceptional quality and level of care we take in design and sourcing, to deliver beautiful garments which are loved by our customers. Based on the Cornish coast, we're a successful multi-channel lifestyle brand with 70 shops, growing digital channels and various marketplaces and wholesale stockists.

As an Assistant Buyer you will support the Buyer for your categories throughout the buying cycle, to achieve agreed sales and profit targets. You will work closely with the Merchandising, Design and Technical teams to create the season’s range, ensuring that the product reflects the departmental strategy and that the season is logically and commercially thought through.

If you have previous experience within a Buyers Administration Assistant or similar role and are looking to progress to the next stage in your Buying career, this is an ideal opportunity to further develop and stretch your skills, while working within a fast paced team.

You’ll help us by;

  • Develop strong working relationships with all suppliers, ensuring that products developed promote Seasalt’s environmental and social standards
  • Coach and mentor Buyers Administration Assistant (BAA), managing workload and delegating tasks appropriately
  • Develop a clear understanding of the Seasalt customer and their needs
  • Work alongside Buyer to achieve a working and productive critical path for department product lines
  • Book and chair critical path team meetings with individual department members and communicate any information to Buyer and issue minutes
  • Ensure all systems are up to date and correct to allow for other functions to complete tasks in good time
  • Sample management including assisting with logging samples on to fit timetables and systems and preparing samples for meetings
  • Attend weekly fit sessions
  • Product change management including ensuring all functions necessary are notified of amendments to products during product lifeline
  • Negotiate with suppliers to maximise margin and profit, whilst maintaining flexibility, quality and supplier relationships
  • Lateness and losses updates per launch
  • Challenge suppliers on critical path issues and negotiate lateness and losses with support from buyer
  • Support quality control by working closely with technologist on any quality and delivery issues
  • Research information and competitor activity to assist range building, product development and identify opportunities

The skills you’ll be sharing with the team;

We are looking for someone passionate about product, commercially driven and with a real interest in fashion, with previous experience as a BAA or another similar role. Not afraid of working under pressure and to deadlines, you will be highly organised, flexible and able to manage competing priorities.

Previous experience of negotiation and working with suppliers will also be key, plus excellent attention to detail, great teamwork skills and the ability to motivate both yourself and others.

Why we hope you'll love working with us;

The success of Seasalt is down to the skill and hard work of our team. We don't just want to attract the best and brightest people to come and work with us, we want you to stay and grow with us.

From the moment your Seasalt journey begins, it's our pledge to support you by providing dedicated learning and development opportunities that will enhance your day-to-day working life and help you build your skills and knowledge.

As well as doing everything we can to boost your development professionally, we believe encouraging personal growth is just as important. So you can fulfil your passion and purpose, not just at work but in life, we offer a range of benefits that are designed to enhance your career and wellbeing:

  • Salary of £23,000
  • 5% Relocation allowance
  • 33 days holiday (including bank holidays)
  • Employer Contributory pension
  • Seasalt Lifestyle - exclusive employee discounts and offers
  • Life assurance
  • Long service enhanced benefits
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Mindfulness sessions
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Remote medical support
  • Partnerships with local wellbeing centres
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • 1 paid volunteering day per year
  • Free Eye Test Vouchers

At Seasalt we believe in creating a positive environment where our differences are respected and each of us feels valued for our contribution. Treating people fairly is part of our values and at the core of our culture. As an inclusive employer, all qualified candidates will be considered regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or belief, age, socioeconomic background, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and caring responsibilities, marital status, nationality and disability including invisible disabilities and neurodiversity.

As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If there’s anything else you’d like to tell us which would help your application, please contact our Resourcing team at

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