Natalie Clarke

Senior Buying consultant

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  • LocationMaple Cross, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom

Skills

 

  • Recruitment
  • Product Development
  • Strategy
  • Retail Management
  • Negotiating
  • Management of Team
  • Trade
  • Senior Buyer
  • Management of Over 150 Brands
  • Working Alongside Reporting INTO CEO
  • Fashion Sports Brand Management
  • Complete Buying and Brand Management

Work history

Currently

Senior Buying Consultant

GYM Partners

Nov 2015
  • Branded online start up, in partnership with multiple Gym chains across the UK. Responsible for opening all accounts for all main Sport and Fashion brands Developing new relationships, negotiating terms of business Heavily involved in web sites Design, appearance and navigation Advised on the development of required back end systems for reporting and stock management Total Buying and Brand management Marketing and Social Media management Working alongside and reporting directly into the Founder

2015

Senior Buyer

Activinstinct/ JD Sports PLC

Nov 2014 - Nov 2015
  • Responsibilities include: Reporting directly to the CEO & Founder Trading all depts. Working with merchandising to plan the forward seasonal budget Strategy Managing order books with the brands Product selection/range building/buying to budgets for each brand/managing OTB Implementing new processes and procedures to improve the structure of the business and workflow Managing and developing existing team Recruitment to expand the buying department

2014

Senior Buyer

Surfdome.com

Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
  • Managed a team of 10 responsible for approx. 150 Brands; including QuikSilver, Animal, Ripcurl, Billabong, G-Star, Levi’s, Converse, Vans, Original Penguin, Scotch & Soda, Superdry, French Connection to name a few. Responsible for seasonal budget of around £3.8 million across all menswear apparel Brands and Categories. Buying Approx 3500 skus per season. Menswear is 20% of the sales mix across Surfdomes 8 other depts.. Reporting directly into the head of Buying and Merchandising. I am responsible for the selections/sign offs and representation of each brand on Surfdome.com. I identified that the styling of the garments could be improved by using appropriate models to best represent each brand/product and ensured better communication between the buying depts. and the studio. This has had a significant impact on supplier satisfaction and has also improved sales. I introduced weekly trade meetings within my dept which has now spread across the company. These meetings have been introduced to ensure stock levels are monitored and managed effectively; Prompting stock cancellations, clearance buys, stock swaps for next season or best sellers, reorders and obtaining mark down contribution. I was also given the responsibility of sourcing and recruiting numerous employees for various buying depts. within Surfdome from Admin to Buyer Level. I identified failings in the current employee structure within Surfdome and undertook the task of overhauling the Job Specs and descriptions introducing a progressive promotion process. This has given structure to each team whilst raising morale and introducing development opportunities, offering ambitious staff the opportunity to progress.

2011

Buyer

Secretsales.com

Dec 2010 - Nov 2011
  • Responsible for buying the mens brands. Approx 150 at current. Henri Lloyd, Diesel, Religion, Elvis Jesus, Firetrap to name a few. Reporting into the directors on a daily basis. Opening new accounts weekly. Meeting with Brands weekly, negotiating prices and ensuring deadlines are met. Activly seeking out new Brands and organising meetings. keeping an eye on trends. Selecting models best to represent the brands to ensure the look. Ensuring the assistants are on top of the critical path, deliveries, invoicing etc.

2010

Assistant Buyer

Envy Retail/ Chilli Pepper

Mar 2006 - Mar 2010
  • Branded Buying Menswear Womens wear own label buying Dealing with Brands Dealing with factories in UK & oversees Trade shows and oversee travel Managing the critical Path Product development Garment tech assisting Approving lab dips/ samples tec