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How to be a branded buyer

This week Devorah Albert, director at retail recruitment agency Henry Fox, tells you how to become a branded fashion buyer.

“In order to become a successful branded buyer you will need drive, a great knowledge of key trends in order to ‘spot’ up and coming brands, and strong negotiation skills. The best form of training for this career path would usually be a product focussed degree, though a year out in the industry via a buying internship would enable you to overtake other candidates into an entry level buying role. 

You will need to start as a buying assistant and will then progress up the ladder to assistant buyer, junior buyer and then buyer. 

As a branded buyer you will be responsible for building relationships with a wide variety of brands, spotting emerging labels ahead of your competitors and for selecting ranges for your customer.  You will also need strong negotiation skills because a branded role is all about gaining exclusive product, a great cost price and a favourable returns or stock swap policy.

You will need strong people management skills in order to manage a team, good presentation skills because you will be expected to present your range to senior management, and a great eye for product.

Salaries for this type of role range from £40,000 for a newly promoted buyer to £65,000 for a senior buyer.”

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