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Head of Vendor Management


London, United Kingdom


Head of Vendor Management (Buying) - Womenswear

We are seeking an exceptional Head of Vendor Management to develop the EU Fashion womenswear offer. The Head of VM for womenswear will lead a team responsible for developing product across multiple brands, each targeting different market opportunities, price positions and target customer segments. The Head of VM will be responsible for working with multiple brand owners to ensure the womenswear range fits the desired brand aesthetic and positioning, as well as achieving targets for womenswear overall for sales, option count and new brand launches. The Head of VM will be responsible for diving deep in to data on and off Amazon to research the market and working with the planning team to agree target options, ASPs and other metrics by brand and product category. They will then be responsible for sourcing, price negotiations, critical path management, creative execution and ensuring product descriptions, imaging and IDQ meet a bar raising standard. There will also be scope for the Head of VM to identify gaps and recommend new brand launches to meet those opportunities.

The role reports into the Director - EU Fashion and is currently based at our London Barbican office.

Indicative High level Goals Summary
1. Deliver sales target across Womenswear
2. Deliver new options by end 2017.
3. Deliver specific vendor margins in 2017.
4. Achieve excellent customer review ratings

1. Developing a robust teen option plan to deliver EU Womenswear sales goals across a wide range of brands.
2. Working in close collaboration with planning teams to agree intake plan and range construction by brand, category and price point.
3. Work in close collaboration with creative team and brand owners to deliver overall brand aesthetic to help build brands customers love.
4. Build strong sourcing partnerships to deliver great product customers love, on time and hit margin targets. Innovate to deliver bar raising fast fashion sourcing.
5. Invent and simplify – identify ways to do more with less to facilitate growth through additional options and also ways to simplify SOPs with sourcing partners.
6. Insist on the highest standards to ensure product continually meets or exceeds customer expectations and achieves consistent strong customer review ratings.
7. Take ownership by using data to identify paths to growth through additional products or brands.

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Required skills and qualifications: The ideal leader for this role would be someone with a knowledge of and passion for fashion but who can also bring a strong track record within Amazon of Invent and Simplify and Bias for Action. Deliver results and Are Right a Lot will also be required in a role in which there is considerable creative scope and decisions often have to be made with incomplete data. Earns Trust will also be required in a team which is fusing industry experience with established Amazonians and in which the structure and processes will evolve quickly and managing ambiguity is important.

Specific requirements:

· 10+ years experience, including managing within complex and/or fast moving organization structures, managerial experience
· Knowledge of and passion for fashion
· Ability to analyse data, and evolve the EU Fashion womenswear range accordingly.
· Ability to work to tight and pressured deadlines and handle unexpected events calmly
· Excellent communication and organisational skills
· Ability to manage multiple work-streams with competing priorities
- Degree or above in an analytical field


- Experience in womenswear
- Bachelor's degree in a related field


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