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Director Buying

Country : Area Hong Kong Area Hong Kong


Category : Purchasing

Contract type : Permanent

Availability : Full time

Job description

This role work closely with internal functions and GCA team to drive and implement effective merchandising strategies to enhance the brand presentation, market share and maximise the profitability of DTC channels.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Channel Directors in shaping the market merchandising strategy for retail and eCommerce. Identify local needs and escalate these to the GCA for consideration in the global strategy.
  • Steer the enhancement of all merchandising systems and tools to suit world class merchandising practice.
  • Drive the framework for key promotional analysis techniques (proactive and reactive).
  • Contribute to a set of key merchandising reports that help evaluate the business goals and ensure this is rolled out within the teams.
  • Manage and approve Open-To-Buy (OTB) of the market.
  • Work jointly with Store Operations and drive development to ensure grading/option plan is in line with space management (pre-season).
  • Ensure integration of ratio management in all merchandising activities.
  • Ensure that best practice is actioned for in depth analysis to support buying commitment decisions.
  • Review and action fact-based category input and feedback for internal/external stakeholders.
  • Guide the teams for best practice end-to-end in season management including management of best sellers and worst sellers, in season stock cover management, in season reactivity and sales to space management using the tools available such as the Weekly Stock Sales and Intake (WSSI).
  • Provide guidance and strategy for execution of end of season stock management.
  • Contribute to the development of a merchandising training program and implement the same at market level.
  • Oversee the optimal flow of merchandise incl. fulfilment of product/marketing introduction deadlines/capacity planning.
  • Work collaboratively with Marketing, Visual Merchandising (VM) and Store Operations.
  • Ensure the given budget is invested to achieve targets by effective use of range planning.
  • Regular store visits to understand the store situation.
  • Other duties as requested by your manager.
People Management:

  • Evaluate the competencies of his/her subordinates on a regular basis and provides prompt and feedback and guidance to drive high performance
  • Takes ownership for Talent Management processes to grow, develop and retain talents.
  • Promote a high-performance culture by setting clear expectations and individual goals.
  • Translate the company goals into team specific actions and business plans. Control and monitor performance and results.
Key Relationships:

  • Retail Team including:
    • Retail Back Office
    • District Managers, Store Managers and their Store Teams
  • GCA Retail Buying Team
  • eCommerce team
  • Wholesales team for BLR Buy
  • SCM
  • Finance
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Leadership and influencing skills
  • Advanced user of MS Office suite of products
  • Fluent in English
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Structured, organized and process orientated
  • Attention to detail as error in analysis will have crucial impact to business
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment and under pressure
Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10 -12 years of experience in retail merchandising field
  • University Degree in Business, ideally with marketing and sales focus or equivalent professional experience
  • Management Experience: 5 years

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