There seems to be lots of jobs advertised of Buyers & Merchandisers in Europe and Australia currently, more so that in the UK. Why is this and how feasible is it to move abroad and what is the likelihood of coming back to the UK in a couple of years? I am currently a Buyer for a large supermarket retailer.
You are right, demand is high for good buyers and merchandisers internationally, particularly in fashion. Typically, the companies that are seeking British employees are those that are either large, stable businesses in the international retail space or aggressively growing retailers with strong brands and strong leadership. Commercial teams are not as mature as many UK fashion retailers and as such buyers and merchandisers will be handling wider product areas, negotiating in bigger values and working in a broader cross-functional remit than before. This results in the demand being high from the blue-chip retailers for volume buyers and merchandisers who have experience of, or aspire to work in a bigger role.
As a buyer, you will have to quickly identify and adapt to the dynamics of the European market to be a success. The benefit to you would be that there is a stretch felt in trading abroad that enables one to truly test their commercial ability and return to the UK longer term with not only the international scale and success, but also with newly acquired skills. The experience you will gain in two/three years will most probably be broader than you may get in the UK. However, it is a serious move that will take a lot of consideration. Michael Page is a global business and we have a specialist buying and merchandising division that solely appoints fashion buyers and merchandisers abroad.
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