Buying Manager – Children’s Footwear (UK and ROI)
With a rich history and an exciting future, Clarks is one of Britain’s greatest iconic brands. An international success story and a brand with a strong set of values, we design, innovate, manufacture and sell more than 50 million pairs of shoes every year, all across the globe. While we’re already a £1 billion business, operating in more than 35 countries, with over 14,000 people worldwide, we have bold international growth plans in place. By putting consumers first, by encouraging and empowering our people, we’ll be the leading global footwear brand and, by 2015, we want to have doubled our turnover and profitability.
Our bold plans are the vision of Melissa Potter, our new Chief Executive, and her leadership team. It’s a vision that in 2010/2011 saw us break the £100 million profit mark for the first time ever – an achievement that caps ten consecutive years of growth. But we’re ambitious for more, determined to take the Clarks brand to new markets and new consumers.
About the role
Stylish, built-to-last shoes, boots and trainers that kids love: in the UK and Ireland, we already enjoy an impressive 25% market share. To many people, we are children’s shoes. But we’re constantly looking for new ways to increase market share and profitability - which would make a significant impact on our future global success. No small task, but an incredible professional opportunity.
Heading up our UK and Ireland Buying team, and with responsibility for delivering net achieved margin targets, you’ll lead the commercial strategy for our kids range in this region. You’ll make sure that we’re using all available market and consumer insight to fully understand what our consumers need and, in turn, to develop the perfect range architecture. As you appreciate, strong working relationships are vital. As well as regional colleagues across Merchandising, Marketing and our various distribution channels, you’ll work closely with our central Group product teams as they design and manufacture shoes that kids (and their parents) want and need - focusing on your regional market, and making sure your voice is heard along with those of your global colleagues. Ultimately, you’ll ensure that the product assortment for kids in the UK and Ireland delivers to customer requirements, fulfils the brand promise and hits financial targets.
Very few can call on such impressive experience within the children’s footwear market. You also have an outstanding knowledge of range building and the UK and Ireland retail market. But your talents don’t stop there. You’ve an impressive understanding of consumer needs, and you’re fantastically quick to interpret and act on market intelligence. That’s a real gift. You’re decisive and brave too, not afraid to speak up for your market and product range in the face of competing demands. Commercially sharp and able to work well in a fast-changing environment, you’re already working for a big brand name. But, more than anything, you’re ambitious. Determined to be the best and work with the best.
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Closing date: 30 March 2012.