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Buyer, Beauty (Brown Thomas Arnotts)

Brown Thomas

Posted: 3 months ago

Dublin, Ireland

Job Title

Buyer, Beauty (Brown Thomas Arnotts)

Job Descriptions


We are looking for an Ambitious, Commercial and Experienced Beauty Buyer ready for a new challenge with Brown Thomas Arnotts Beauty Buying Department.

The Beauty Buyer will be an inspiring market leader who will deliver on our commitment to Reinventing Retail and achieve an experience and offering that excites and enhances our customer’s lives. The ideal candidate will be a passionate Buyer operating at this level with extensive experience in the Beauty arena.

A forward thinker, you will be up to speed on seasonal trends and have the ability to curate the very best luxury beauty brands for the Brown Thomas Arnotts customer. As a curious individual and critical thinker, you will look beyond the obvious to identify opportunities and make sound decisions and strategic moves for the business. You will bring a leading edge to the Beauty category. This is an opportunity for an experienced Buyer who has a genuine passion for all things Beauty to join a talented and inspiring Buying team.  

  • Work with the Buying Director to develop and implement a solid commercial and creative strategy for the area
  • Strong leadership skills with an ability to inspire Buying teams and ensure productivity and development also
  • Commercially focused, experience with budgets and a proven ability to achieve commercial targets
  • Responsible for buying decisions based on a sound commercial framework to drive sales and profit
  • To be aware of trends in public opinion, taste and understand their implications for the business. Applying your knowledge of Beauty Brands, you will lead the sourcing of our categories – keeping us one-step ahead of our competitors
  • Analyse sales for the business and identify areas of improvements. Use your experience to manage and build commercial and business relationships with our suppliers and partners, monitor and evaluate existing suppliers
  • Negotiate the best possible terms with suppliers i.e. margin, trade discounts, markdown support
  • Ensure all vendor terms are managed ensuring monthly gross profit reports are checked, cost to sell and payroll terms are all being actioned correct
  • Have full oversight on all stock related data and insights. Clearly define metrics such as Season forecasting, OTB, Stock levels, Stock clearance, RTV, Breakstocks and season forecasting across all brand
  • To ensure your supporting team follow correct ordering procedure and complete any administrative duties associated with their role
  • To communicate and consult with the Buying director and Head of Merchandising on merchandise matter
  • Manage existing brands through analysis of performance, taking action when necessary and making decisions to keep or discontinue within the business
  • To collaborate with head office teams within Marketing, Digital, Store Design, Retail Ops and Distribution Centre
  • To engage regularly with the Head of Digital & their teams to ensure placement and productivity within the beauty category on website and Apps
  • Meet and liaise Beauty Department managers and General Managers to ensure that merchandise is allocated to the correct space on and to achieve maximum return on productivity and cost to sell per square foot and that it is well presented
  • Engage in regular floor walks to exchange information, receive feedback and take appropriate action based on performance
  • Partner with Marketing and Creative leaders to ensure the creative commitment is delivered and impact realised
  • To plan merchandise promotions, advertising in consultation with Marketing, Buying and General Managers
  • Be aware and up to date with Group terms to ensure we are on par or above in relation to our market exclusivity
  • Attend regular meetings with the buying team and where required business meetings including weekly trading updates


  • Commercially focused, experience with budgets and ability to achieve revenue growth
  • An experienced people manager with experience leading, training & developing a buying team
  • Ambitious and target focused
  • Proven track record of managing relationships
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Excellent communication, presentation and a strong negotiator
  • Highly organised and able to manage multiple projects


Bachelors Degree

  • Communication Skills
  • Presentation Skills
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