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Our Vacancies

Vacancies at Celtic & Co.

Current Vacancies:

Head of Buying


Head of Buying

The Role:

  • To provide leadership to the Product team including defining the future product strategy with natural and sustainable fibers.
  • Work closely and existing product team, Merchandise Manager, and suppliers to maintain the flow of products required for the needs of the business, develop newness for future seasons and 3rd party online partners.
  • Develop and own the Celtic & co sustainability strategy and lead the sustainability team.
  • Key accountabilities & responsibilities include:
  • Develop the buying strategy, build new ranges and products that are consistent with Celtic & Co brand values.
  • Leading the product development strategy with the assistance of our product team, ensuring that this commercially works for all end uses across the collection.
  • Lead and motivate a product team of 2 (growing to 3 in 2022) and dotted line into brand team including photography.
  • Work closely with the merchandise, ecommerce, marketing, and finance teams to drive sales and increase margin.
  • Responsible for the seasonal range strategy which delivers against the KPIs and be able to communicate this effectively to the wider company.
  • Responsible for updating the Board with new range plans and range performance attending and contributing to monthly board meetings.
  • Streamline processes and critical paths to improve efficiency.
  • Steer the buying team to develop digitally first.
  • Liaise with other internal stakeholders, including merchandising, creative and performance marketing, finance and operations, to optimise brand values, sales, & profitability.
  • Develop excellent supplier relationships in line with the strategic plan. Responsible for negotiating key supplier T&Cs.
  • Establishing the seasonal colour palette, developing the overarching creative direction throughout the season to bring freshness and relevance to the product.
  • Supporting the product and brand teams to identify the key shapes and product opportunities alongside developing considered cohesive packs for end use and phased drop.
  • Partnering closely with the merchandisers to aid the teams to build collections which are both creative and commercial, using the seasonal strategy as a starting point.
  • This is an all-encompassing role which will see you steer styling and trim meetings, handle budgets and sign-off of collections. You will manage and motivate a high performing small team, helping in both their day-to-day.
  • Catalogue: Provide support in the creation of catalogue analysis and brief, provide support in checking catalogues before going to print.
  • Essential Qualities:
  • High degree of buying knowledge and expertise - Previous experience at Head of Buying or Senior Buyer level, with management responsibility for a medium sized team.
  • Proven experience in looking for new opportunities to grow business and attract and engage new customers
  • Excellent leader, with strong organisational skills, ability to influence, a real team player and can influence and communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver on deadlines.
  • Highly flexible with the ability to manage several activities simultaneously.
  • Ideally have worked in a buying team within e-commerce and analytically driven retail environments.
  • Strong Celtic & Co brand awareness & customer focused.
  • Experience of working closely with and building supplier relationships.
  • Attention to detail, discerning eye, and a taste level in line with the Brand.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment and embraces change as a positive.
  • Excellent negotiation skills & commercially savvy.
  • Relationships with European and UK manufacturers.
  • High data input accuracy.
  • Experience with natural fibers desirable.
  • Please note: Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

    Application deadline: 12/11/2021

    Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

    Applications via Indeed: https://uk.indeed.com/job/head-buying-80d382b607b5b7d6