Buyers admin assistant
The role of a buyers admin assistant is to raise orders, analyse sales, manage samples, pull product for meetings and attend fit sessions, at the same time as managing the critical path. As you progress through the role, you build strong relationships with suppliers and when and where time allows, negotiate cost prices and present in meetings. Expect long hours and hard work, but it pays off in the end. Written by Danielle Lambert, Buyers Admin Assistant at Topshop.
brand buyers admin assistant
A brand buyer admin assistant is responsible for getting the right product in at the right time. This covers all aspects of the process; from creating the order sheets, creating purchase orders, daily communications with suppliers, managing delivery dates, sample management and putting products live on the website. Delivery schedules are created for every season which contains all the key information and updating this is the main responsibility in order to manage the process effectively, without this the whole process would fall apart. This role can vary from brand to brand however the necessary key skills are organisation, attention to detail and good communication. Written by Ellie Raven, Brand Buyers Admin Assistant at Boohoo
An Assistant Buyer supports the Buyer or Buying Manager with the end to end process of developing and ordering the product ranges, ensuring all styles enter the business for the planned time. This includes competitor and trend research, product development, building the range, negotiating costs, ensuring samples are aesthetically checked throughout the process, monitoring and reacting to sales to maximise trading opportunities. An Assistant Buyer works closely with the Design, Merchandising, Product Technology and Marketing in order to support the best outcome for their products’ success. Written by Eleanor Putney, Assistant Buyer at Debenhams
Senior buying admin assistant
They weren’t lying when they said no two days are the same in buying. One minute you will be raising purchase orders and chasing in approvals to maintain dates on the critical path, the next you’ll be presenting your competitive shop report in strategy meetings or attending a fit session. The difference I found from going from a BAA to a Senior BAA was there is a lot more expected from you. Since becoming one I have helped to negotiate and finalise booking of products, provided my opinions on the direction for new inputs and seasons and generally ‘stepped up’ in the absence of the Buyer when they are on trips. I also train new starter BAA’s on our systems and in general BAA tasks. As an SBAA I get involved in ‘extra curricular’ activities such as nominating products and key call outs for our email marketing and helping to organise photoshoots, imagery and products for our campaign imagery. Expect to work hard in buying, you’ll never be twiddling your thumbs but that’s just how we like it! Written by Jessica Barham, Senior Buyers Admin Assistant for Monsoon Kids