Subject: Meet Louisa, an Assistant Buyer at H&M
When I first started my university degree most people on my course wanted to get into buying, which was strange to me, not only because I had no idea what it was, therefore how did they…. but also, the course was so broad so what was the fascination. Still to this day being a buyer for a brand or department store seems to be the dream job for a lot of young hopefuls. So, lets talk to the girl who’s working for one of the most universally bought brands, and has one of the most sought after jobs. Meet Louisa.
Name: Louisa Yearley
Job Title: Assistant Buyer - H&M
Main job responsibilities:
• Sample handling
• Placing orders
• Adjusting product quantities for products per selling market
• Analysing sales both at product and country level
• Making the supplier aware of new artwork and changes to the products
• Assisting the Buyer, Designer and pattern maker
• Helping the team build the assortment
Did you intern? if so where, if not, what was your first job?
I did a number of one or two week internships at head offices around London throughout sixth form and my first two years of uni, including New Look, Warehouse, and House of Fraser. Then as part of my degree I had a year in industry, I was at House of Fraser as a Buyer’s Assistant on home.
My first retail job was actually a Saturday job on the shop floor of Fat Face. Looking back at it now every interview I have had has always asked about/required shop floor experience. I would definitely recommend that if you are at uni and looking for a career in fashion to get a part time job in any retail store, as it shows you have salesmanship skills and could maybe lead to an opportunity.
What is one piece of advice for someone about to start their first internship?
The industry is very small, always treat everyone with respect. You never know who you will be working with or for in the future.
What advice would you give to someone who doesn't know what they want to do?
Do as much work experience as you can! Just by being exposed to different positions you will soon realise what role is for you. Also always be open minded!
Who's career in your industry inspires you?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I would like to be a Buyer with experience in a broad range of departments. I would also be open to moving abroad again and to be exposed to new markets.
Favourite outfit for work?
I would have to say stylish, but relaxed. Anything with layers and something that preferably doesn’t need an iron...majority of head offices I’ve been in are heavy on the air-con and nobody has time for a early morning iron.
Where can people find you?
LinkedIn - Louisa Yearley
Instagram - @louisayearley