Buyer Hardware and Souvenirs
We have an exciting permanent role for somebody with experience of working in retail product buying and development. Working in our Product team, this role will be responsible for the development of specific seasonal ranges of hardware, in line with critical path deadlines.
What will you be doing?
1.Create products with the required features, costs and lead times for your specific ranges with a given critical path.
2.Effectively negotiate costs with suppliers.
3.Working with the Senior Manager, Associate Buyer and Senior Specialist Designer, to continue to generate new product ideas and offerings.
4.Analyse the market and complete trend analysis and competitor shopping/trade fairs which will enable product recommendations to be made and inform the development of new products.
5.To prepare for and present at the relevant range reviews and sign off, where key stakeholders and senior commercial decision makers will agree products being presented, to then complete any follow up actions. Minute taking at these meetings and documenting processes, to ensure there is an accurate record of the meeting and any action points.
6.Assess prototype and pre-production samples with the team against each specification and advise any amendments/improvements to the relevant manufacturer.
7.Tracking of samples from suppliers and ensuring the red seal and gold seal samples are received and meet the specified standards and that the target dates from the critical path can be achieved.
8.Working with Manager - QA, to ensure that product, qc and ethical standards are met.
9.Ensure the Mock Shop is well presented and that products are updated to meet the current range and showcase the highest standards of products.
Who are we looking for?
We would like to hear from individuals with Retail Hardware Product Buying and Development experience gained within a sports or lifestyle brand. You will need an understanding of a broad range of hardware products including Stationery, Toys & Games, Food & Drink, Souvenirs and Sports Accessories.
You can think broadly and have solid industry awareness with an understanding of consumer trends.
Strong communication skills are a must for this role alongside an analytical mindset and the ability to present information in a clear manner. This is a collaborative role, so we need somebody with the ability to build strong working relationships and the skills to influence and persuade others.
We work in a fast paced and dynamic environment so you will need to be organised, manage your time well, and have experience of juggling multiple projects at once.
You will need strong administration skills and be comfortable in using all Microsoft Office packages.
Why should you apply?
This is a full-time role working 35 hours per week Monday to Friday.
You will have access to our benefits kit bag where you can manage your core and flexible benefits, get high street discounts, and a selection of benefit schemes you can join. There are opportunities to get involved with volunteering through our LFC Foundation to give back to the local community.
Your main base will be our Distribution Centre Office in Whiston, Liverpool as part of the product development team.
We are aiming to be the most inclusive football club - providing fair and appropriate opportunities to as many people from different backgrounds as possible, being welcoming and meeting their needs as best we can. We are committed to hiring great people representative of a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, not just because it`s the right thing to do, but because we believe it makes our Club stronger. If you share our enthusiasm and passion for inclusivity, then we want to hear from you.
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