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Assistant Buyer - Dorothy Perkins

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About the role

We're looking for a enthusiastic, passionate, team player to join the Buying department here at Dorothy Perkins. The ideal Assistant Buyer will be innovative, driven and will thrive in a fast-paced environment.

You will be responsible for:
  • Managing a BAA on critical path and OPO management to ensure department targets are achieved and deliveries on time.
  • Ownership of fit sessions and actioning fit comments direct to suppliers.
  • Negotiating cost prices to achieve best prices and meet department BIM.
  • Understanding open costings including fabric prices, consumption and fit amend implications.
  • Collating the final sign off pack with the support of the JB/Buyer.
  • Attending supplier meetings to develop and source new development as well as reviewing OPO and any production concerns.
  • Responsible for weekly OPO meetings alongside AM, BAA and MAA.
  • Contributing to development across category to assist the JB/Buyer with range building.
  • Management of sample development tracker and chasing in development to meet deadlines.
  • Responsible for managing and developing BAA and their training.
  • Ownership of monthly marketing pack.
  • Understanding of the market place, target customer and key competitors.
  • Awareness of department KPI’s and department strategy.
  • Understands department strategy, frameworks and spend plans with the support of buyer/JB and merch team.
  • Accountable for checking new in product daily to ensure all details of each product are correct online.


  • Understanding of the weekly trade pack with contribution to department best and worst.
  • Contributing to weekly trade meetings with suggestions on how to react to department trading.
  • Understanding and reacting to daily trading reports.
  • Accountable for achieving cost price reductions of 1st time rebuys.
  • Carries out weekly comp shops and supports the BAA in collating the comp shop report for management.
  • Working closely with buyer and garment techs to react to high returning lines.
  • Contributing to department product development with an awareness of department best and worst and seasonal trends.
  • Generates ideas to support department strategy through product, studio and VM.
  • Daily review of department galleries to ensure product is being shot correctly.

About you

As an Assistant Buyer you will consistently manage your workload effectively, trusted to make actions without prompt. You will be approachable to your whole team and external parties and always ready to help and support acting as a role model for junior members. You'll bring your best everyday, consistently focused and positive. You will be a keen learner and always push yourself to find out more about the business industry and company.
As an Assistant Buyer, you will:
  • Be super adaptable and find it easy to switch it up when the business needs
  • Delegate and share workload to the team effectively
  • Always ahead at spotting trends and commercial wins for the business