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Wanted: Assistant Buyer

By Alpkit
31, May, 2019

We're looking for someone to help the buying team in the clothing, camping and equipment categories

We're after a helping hand in our buying team to place orders and keep us in stock. We strive to help people Go Nice Places and Do Good Things, and you'll play a key part in this by making sure those products that let us do just that are ready and waiting for all those budding adventurers out there.

Purpose of the Role

To help us execute our category and range plans within clothing, camping and equipment. To help drive growth in Alpkit’s core categories and deliver expectations in sales, stock and margin.

 Reporting to: B&M Manager 

 Department: Buying & Merchandising 

 Hours of work: As contracted 

 Work Location: Alpkit HQ, Nottingham 





The successful applicant will be responsible for...


  • Working with our product team to deliver relevant and competitive product line plans.

  • Ensuring maximum product availability across multiple ranges.

  • Driving stock-to-shop process for products under your remit – communicating developments with marketing, content, stores and customer service to ensure effective product launch.

  • Ensuring effective web merchandising of clothing, camping and equipment categories.

  • Promotion planning.


  • In stock management; identifying order requirements.

  • Placing orders with suppliers around the globe (Far East weighting) and managing them through the process from order to delivery.

  • Supplier management: building relationships and relentlessly improving terms.

  • Operate within strict stock value budgets across multiple categories using tools such as WSSI to control stock levels.

  • Identify long stocks; develop and execute methods to tackle them.

  • Managing day to day payments with accounts team. Maintaining payment list out six months.

  • Co-ordinating shipping and delivery. Forwarder management and communicating with Alpkit’s operations teams.

  • Overseeing stock counts and owning stock accuracy for categories in your area of responsibility.


  • Ensure strict budgetary control over cost and sell to ensure that product developments meet margin expectations and maximise profitability.

  • Delivering commercial and operational sight over the product range: MOQs, lead-times, supply chain efficiency, etc.

  • Minimise drift between planned and achieved margin; understand causes and develop processes to counter.

Key Relationships:

  • Web store manager.

  • Marketing team.

  • Product team.

  • Finance.

  • Warehouse.

About You

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in a commercial buying or merchandising team.

  • Experience with key merchandising tools such as WSSI.

  • Experience managing supply chains including the Far East.

  • High competence with Microsoft applications with particularly strong Excel skills.

Key Competencies:

  • Customer focused.

  • Hunger for learning and personal development.

  • Ingrained in the outdoor and cycling culture.

  • Negotiation.

  • Analysis.

  • Forecasting.

  • Problem-solving.

  • Communication.

  • Team work.

  • Able to manage multiple deadlines and prioritise workload in a challenging environment.

How to Apply

Please email jack@alpkit.com with your CV, and a Cover Letter that includes your current salary details. 

Deadline: 10th June 2019

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