A product and design focused buyer with more than nine years experience working for international fashion companies: Inditex, Urban Outfitters Europe and Fashion Pills. Great commercial awareness, excellent communication and negotiation skills and a proven ability to understand the changing and challenging fashion marketplace. Adept at working with a wide variety of people effectively and with good- humour in sometimes highly demanding situations. And most importantly, creative and passionate about what I do.
-Responsible since the relaunch of Fashion Pills in April 2014 for managing all aspects of the buying process and day to day running of the department . -Created a new concept in terms of product, design, and pricing structure from other online stores based in Spain . - Selection and negotiation of all own label product for Fashion Pills (all women´s areas) from a supplier base in UK, France and Spain. -Selection and acquisition of all international brands sold at Fashion Pills for example (Mink Pink, Somedays Lovin, Vagabond, Glamourous) and national brands (such as Pepa Loves, Wolflamb, Town Clothing). -Identify key trends and key drivers for each season and also develop any chase product during the respective season. -Manage Open To Buy according to the sales plan and division of budget between own label product offering (70%) and brands (30%). - Uphold margin targets, markdown plans and manage all stock on hand
-Working along side a team of 6 buyers and 9 designers, developed, selected and negotiated the nine collections per season for the BSK Jersey department (Spring/ Summer 2014 budget of 52 million euros Retail Value). -Key areas; Jersey Basics, Knitwear & Jersey Dresses. -Uphold two continuous design calendars; short lead time production (4-8weeks in house) and long lead time (90 days in house) -Responsible for all approvals and fittings for each style signed off (approximately 30 references in each of the 9 seasonal collections).
Junior Buyer for Denim, Casual Trousers, Skirts and Shorts. Accounting for 24% of the overall product mix and a 7 million pound budget for AW 2010. -In charge of coordinating the womens wear team for weekly sales meetings with Senior Managment, focusing on best and worst performers. -Introduced new Turkish denim suppliers to widen the established US supply base. Converted 50% of the production to Turkey (50% in the US), improved overall target margin for AW 2010 from 65% to 70%. -Entrusted with extra responsibilites including coordination of stylists for monthly online lookbooks and internet shoots.