Buyer

Who we are Big things are happening at Topps Tiles. As Britain’s largest specialist tile retailer, selling only the very best quality on-trend products, £1 of every £3 spent in the UK domestic tile market is spent with us. We’ve just opened our 370th store and hit record sales of £215m. And we’re as big on career opportunities as we are on outstanding service and great value. After all, it’s brilliant, friendly, knowledgeable people that make us special. Right now we’re on a journey of exciting growth, with our recent move in to the commercial market with the acquisition of Parkside tiles, we have doubled our addressable market – there’s never been a better time to join the Topps Tiles family. Summary We have an exciting opportunity for an experience Retail Buyer to join our team. Reporting to the Head of Buying , this high profile role delivers the buying and ranging strategy through carrying out the sourcing plan within the prescribed category delivering the right product at the right time for customers with maximum cost effectiveness. The Role To promote best practice and working relations with the store network To ensure that the customer is able to buy from a wide range of products and ranges Identify ranging opportunities To provide the link between the supply chain and distribution To enhance supplier relationships and promote the brand Review current sourcing methods and suppliers to ensure value for money and ethical sourcing To provide the business with real time data on competition, current trends and fashion Ensure business risk to currency and region is effectively managed To review the price point structure and create a range architecture To ensure a market leading range based on colour, design quality and style at all times To source ‘exclusive’ ranges bespoke for Topps customers Ensure good exit plan for discontinued stock Improve gross margin and category sales Reduce stock capacity Overall accountability for product spend Line Management of 1 Junior Buyer The Person Strong retail buying experience and a proven track record of over achievement Commercially astute and highly numerate Highly developed influencing and negotiation techniques Success in developing healthy long term supplier relationships Strong planning, organisation and time management skills Ability to coach, develop and mentor a Junior Buyer International sourcing experience Able to undertake overseas travel Constructively challenge opinions and status quo Demonstrate creative thinking, use of initiative and ‘thinking outside the box’ Professional and collaborative in approach, able to develop strong working relationships internally A strong interest in home improvements and interior design What we’ll do for you In a culture where hard work is recognised and great results are rewarded, you can look forward to a company bonus that will give you a share of our success – up to 30% of your base salary. Then there’s a generous staff discount, a Share Save scheme, pension and life assurance, a holiday allowance that increases with length of service and a wide range of other benefits. Plus flexible working, free on-site parking, generous discounts on products and services and more. A lot more. We’re committed to promoting talent from within too, which means you’ll be well-supported to build a rewarding career with an individual development plan and lots of training on offer.
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