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How to be a buying and creative manager

This week Le Pont appointments’ consultant Grant Stevens-Bulmer tells you how to work your way towards a buying and creative manager role.

“Becoming a buying and creative manager is a fantastic and multifaceted role which rarely exists in larger fashion companies and retailers. However, working for a more bespoke company allows you greater autonomy of buying and wider creative control.
 
The most successful candidates will have usually studied a textile or production related degree. However, practical fashion and retail experience would be the fundamental factor in succeeding in [gaining] this role. Buying and creative manager’s will have first hand experience in a retail or fashion label on the front line in store, and this will give you the necessary understanding of customer profiles and overall product ranges.
 
Once in a buying function at manager level you will take control of managing the critical path, liaising with production and design teams to ensure a commercial and balanced range is delivered. Driving margin and profit for the product categories through strong supplier and pricing negotiation is an essential criteria for the role.

Depending on the type of business you join, whether made to measure or couture, you will need to have a strong understanding of fits and fabrics which play the most important part in a product’s identity and overall success.
 
Being a successful buying and creative manager takes determination, a love and passion for product, along with a natural affinity to style and design in which you are overseeing and managing.

Salaries for this type of position range from £40,000 to £65,000.”

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