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General Buyer

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  • Ref: DT 435

My client, an international high growth retailer, is looking to recruit an experienced General Buyer to join their growing team on a full time, permanent basis. With their warehouse and showroom based in Newton Abbot, they stock their own products as well as a range of items from other well-known UK brands.

The General Buyer will be a sourcing specialist for both textiles and apparel and will be responsible for product sourcing, product development, commercial negotiation and quality management of oversea suppliers.

General Buyer responsibilities include...

Main Job Responsibilities:

  • Development and maintenance of supplier base for fabric, trim and finished garment.
  • Establish new suppliers and negotiate price and terms of trading for fabric and products.
  • Close liaison with fabric and garment suppliers to ensure quality, pricing, service and delivery are constantly monitored/improved.
  • Develop a strong product and market knowledge.
  • Work closely with designers along with checking development samples.
  • Take product from design to production within tight deadline.
  • The ability to travel frequently, for product approval and production inspection, is essential.
  • Completion of any special projects as required.

General Buyer requirements include...

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Significant work experience in textile product development and sourcing.
  • Possess excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Have the ability to think clearly, perform tasks efficiently and accurately, often to tight deadlines.
  • Education to degree level is preferred.
  • Strong IT skills are essential.
  • Have the ability to deal with all levels of management both internally and externally.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a successful and growing business in a fast paced and varied role. If you have the experience and the qualities outlined above, we would love to hear from you.

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