Assistant Buyer/Clothing Designer- Menswear

Full Time
Job Sector:
Manufacturing / Warehouse
South Wales
Salary description:
Start Date:
BVG Group Ltd
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The Company

BVG Group is a mail order, e-commerce and distribution business operating 12 successful brands across a broad range of markets including Home and Garden, Shoe and Clothing, Sports Nutrition, Home Electrical sectors. We employ a team of over 750, ship over four million orders a year and are forecast to generate annual sales of £140m this year. We are growing quickly, and sales are forecast to reach £200m within three years. Our multi-channel routes to market encompass on and offline including high profile national newspaper reader offer advertisements, through direct mailed catalogues and online platforms including Groupon, Amazon and eBay. This is a fast paced and unique retail environment, reaching out to millions of consumers each week.

The Role

An exciting opportunity exists within our Samuel Windsor men's apparel brand for a Assistant Buyer/Clothing Designer based at our HQ in Brecon.

Samuel Windsor markets a range of quality men's shoe and clothing products sold online and via catalogue distribution predominantly in the UK and USA.

Based at our Brecon Headquarters key responsibilities include:
* Support the Buying Manager with the co-ordination and development of product technical packs using Adobe Illustrator, and taking accountability to ensure these packs are delivered complete and on time to minimise sampling lead times.
* Providing support to the Buying Manager on all administration functions.
* Generate specifications and bookings for the AQL platform.
* Communicating with suppliers in Far East confirm details of garment production, critical path and AQL before Ex-Factory.
* Providing detailed feedback to suppliers on fabric, label and garment submissions.
* Responsible for the seasonal buy of accessories, identifying and managing your own portfolio of products and suppliers.
* Working with the Buying Manager to manage the department critical path. You will own and drive the production of critical path.
* Actively participate in coordinating and presenting the range for sign off and effectively manage elements of the buying cycle, ensuring timely completion of relevant approvals and processes.
* Interpretation of marketing data to assist in range planning.
* Developing strong relationships with the wider team within the business including marketing, quality control and accounts.
* Technically audit bulk products making sure stock presented complies with a commercial approval suitable to BVG standards.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will have history of product management across Menswear (Formal and Casualwear) in Bangladesh and China. A proven track record of product development. Candidate must have excellent attention to detail, work well under pressure, be highly organised and have first-rate written and oral communication skills.

Technical skills/business skills required:

Previous experience in a buying / marketing environment is essential.

Experience in designing garment specification is essential.

Relevant experience with a major retailer. Desirable

Experience of cost price negotiations and global sourcing. Desirable

Experience of Adobe Illustrator or similar design systems is essential.

Microsoft Office skills.

Critical Path management. Desirable

Highly organised and self-motivated, accustomed to leading by example and taking initiative.

Experience in fit sessions would be an advantage.

Experience of interpreting fits into size chart amendments, desirable.

Strong numeracy skills are essential to cost garments, assist in production of PO's and check L/C's.

We offer an attractive salary commensurate to your experience and ideally looking for a garment technician with strong CAD skills ready to step up to the next level in their career.

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