Buyer

Job details

  • Reference: TT-JW-EM0W8NQ
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday - Friday
  • Location: Leicester (map)
  • Salary: Competitive basic, plus car allowance and bonus of up to 30%

   

Who we are

Big things are happening at Topps Tiles. As Britain’s largest specialist tile retailer, selling only the very best quality on-trend products, £1 of every £3 spent in the UK domestic tile market is spent with us. We’ve just opened our 370th store and hit record sales of £215m. And we’re as big on career opportunities as we are on outstanding service and great value. After all, it’s brilliant, friendly, knowledgeable people that make us special. Right now we’re on a journey of exciting growth, with our recent move in to the commercial market with the acquisition of Parkside tiles, we have doubled our addressable market – there’s never been a better time to join the Topps Tiles family.

Summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an experience Retail Buyer to join our team. Reporting to the Head of Buying , this high profile role delivers the buying and ranging strategy through carrying out the sourcing plan within the prescribed category delivering the right product at the right time for customers with maximum cost effectiveness. 

The Role

  • To promote best practice and working relations with the store network
  • To ensure that the customer is able to buy from a wide range of products and ranges
  • Identify ranging opportunities
  • To provide the link between the supply chain and distribution
  • To enhance supplier relationships and promote the brand
  • Review current sourcing methods and suppliers to ensure value for money and ethical sourcing
  • To provide the business with real time data on competition, current trends and fashion
  • Ensure business risk to currency and region is effectively managed
  • To review the price point structure and create a range architecture
  • To ensure a market leading range based on colour, design quality and style at all times
  • To source ‘exclusive’ ranges bespoke for Topps customers
  • Ensure good exit plan for discontinued stock
  • Improve gross margin and category sales
  • Reduce stock capacity
  • Overall accountability for product spend
  • Line Management of 1 Junior Buyer

The Person

  • Strong retail buying experience and a proven track record of over achievement
  • Commercially astute and highly numerate
  • Highly developed influencing and negotiation techniques
  • Success in developing healthy long term supplier relationships
  • Strong planning, organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to coach, develop and mentor a Junior Buyer
  • International sourcing experience
  • Able to undertake overseas travel
  • Constructively challenge opinions and status quo
  • Demonstrate creative thinking, use of initiative and ‘thinking outside the box’
  • Professional and collaborative in approach, able to develop strong working relationships internally
  • A strong interest in home improvements and interior design

What we’ll do for you

In a culture where hard work is recognised and great results are rewarded, you can look forward to a company bonus that will give you a share of our success - up to 30% of your base salary.   Then there’s a generous staff discount, a Share Save scheme, pension and life assurance, a holiday allowance that increases with length of service and a wide range of other benefits. Plus flexible working, free on-site parking, generous discounts on products and services and more. A lot more. We’re committed to promoting talent from within too, which means you’ll be well-supported to build a rewarding career with an individual development plan and lots of training on offer.

 

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A career with Topps Tiles

There's plenty about Topps Tiles that might surprise you. Like the fact that you don't need to be a DIY or tile expert to work in one of our stores or Head Office.

Rewards

A competitive salary.

Bonus and uncapped commission schemes (dependent on your role) that run four times a year, helping you to share in our success.

A generous staff discount scheme allows you to make purchases from our stores at below market price.

Enhanced maternity/adoption and paternity pay, and childcare vouchers.

A ShareSave scheme that allows you to invest in us and share our success.

Pension & Life Assurance schemes with company contributions available to help you provide for your retirement.

A wide range of discounts with selected companies including discounts on insurance, holidays and retail vouchers.

Holiday entitlement that increases with length of service.