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Assistant Buyer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10061670 Location London, United Kingdom Business Consumer Products Games & Publishing Date posted Sep. 08, 2023

Job Summary:

Overall Purpose of the Role

To assist the Buyer and Associate Buyer by supporting the work flow for the department across shopDisney, flagship stores, and third party marketplaces.  Utilising knowledge and understanding of brands, product categories, and consumer segments within the regional landscape. Build and maintain cross-functional partnerships with teams that support the channels across the region.

Under the leadership of the Buyer or Associate Buyer, assist in developing the range plan for assigned categories across brands. Curate the global range for all regional channels to meet financial goals.  Manage the day to day to include purchase order (PO) process and provide data to cross functional partners and vendors, as permitted within legal and compliance parameters, to manage the product and commercial flow for the business.

This role is based at our Hammersmith London Head Office 4 days per week.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Build quarterly competitive, and trend, shopping analysis at category level across all channels and regional markets,

  • Prepare and maintain photobooks as needed, aligning with product flow calendar and quarterly showcase deliverables,

  • Deliver all product details/navigation and quarterly product briefs to support product hand-off to site merchandising, creative, and visual teams,

  • Monitor and communicate the product quality report in conjunction with Product Integrity (PI) and global sourcing and agreed action plans,

  • Communicate with key partners and teams on global assortment range plans, including shifts, and provide consistent timely updates including off cycle cadence,

  • Provide presentation decks, business recaps and hindsight reports for key milestone meetings and co-ordinate data points from key partners,

  • Track item set up, define item masters and raise POs in alignment with buying and planning timelines for relevant channels. Responsible for PO revisions to enable accurate order book,

  • Provide weekly on-line checks and maintain corrective action plan for accuracy of information at regional market level. Monitor Bazaarvoice reviews and report out for consumer centric strategy,

  • Track delivery of all category POs in partnership with sourcing, production, and the department coordinator, and escalate shipment issues in a timely manner.  Identify sales risks and resolve these where appropriate,

  • Responsible for managing and ensuring accuracy of the range plan assortment.

Training and Professional Development

  • Operate with integrity, champion change and be a good ambassador for the Walt Disney Company,

  • Operate as part of an effective and inclusive team by demonstrating an awareness of others; welcoming and valuing unique perspectives and ideas; offering support, sharing knowledge and best practices in order to contribute to overall departmental commitments,

  • Take ownership of your professional development through regular career conversations with your line manager and utilising available resources such as D Learn, instructor-led courses and on the job learning,

  • Proactively suggest ways to improve departmental performance and processes, leveraging technological tools where applicable,

  • Build links with other TWDC functions to develop broader knowledge of the business,

  • Promote and maintain an inclusive workplace, championing diversity and inclusion and make use of available resources to extend knowledge and best practice.

Areas of Accountability

  • Accountable to the Buyer / Associate Buyer for associated responsibilities,

  • Accountable to the Director (TBC),

  • Accountable for managing the range plan accuracy, purchase order placement and maintenance, and on time deliveries, to support channel specific needs,

  • Accountable for building and maintaining cross-functional partnerships,

  • Accountable for operating within all legal and compliance parameters.

Experience and Professional Qualifications Required

  • Experience within a similar level buying role within a retail, omni-channel buying environment, essential,

  • Experience as a Buyers Assistant and undertaking related responsibilities,

  • Degree-level education in a related field or equivalent work experience,

  • Experience in a buying department, operating across global markets, desirable,

Skills Required

  • Strong communication skills across all levels of the business,

  • High levels of organisation and attention to detail,

  • Financial aptitude,

  • Adept in delivering multiple assignments and deadlines,

  • Computer literate, proficient in using key Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint),

  • Resilient and nimble in an ever changing landscape,

  • Strong written and spoken English for business use, essential,

  • Proficiency in merchandise systems and processes,  

  • Cultural sensitivity and understanding of global markets.

Additional Information

  • Flexibility for  travel may be required,

  • Contribution to ad-hoc projects as the business requires,

  • Flexible hours may be required to meet business needs.

About Consumer Products Games & Publishing:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Disney Store (UK) Ltd, which is part of a business we call Consumer Products Games & Publishing.

The Disney Store (UK) Ltd is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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