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How I got here - Hayley Mullin

Joules’ assistant buyer - accessories is always striving to do things better at the brand.

What does your diary look like today?

Currently our accessories buyer, Lisa Bodill, is travelling on a business trip, so I’m ensuring everything is running smoothly in the UK office. I enjoy working under pressure as it encourages me to work harder. Today I’ll be catching up with our suppliers to ensure they have all the information they need to complete our sample orders.

Then I’ll be discussing any issues with our designers, passing information on to our merchandisers and having a look at what’s currently on the market to ensure our range is the best it can be.

What meeting are you most looking forward to today?

I’m attending our women’s accessories spring 15 paper preparation meeting. It’s an opportunity for buying, merchandising and design to come together to discuss the range. It is always an inspiring meeting and a chance to talk about future developments in an open forum.

What task do you wish you could postpone?

I’m often surrounded by samples at my desk, so I sometimes end up looking like I work in Aladdin’s cave. I’m always fishing them out but I’m not great at putting them away. I always end up needing to have a mass tidy-up.

It is definitely that time again.

How did you get to where you are today?

From the age of 16 I was determined that I would work in fashion as a buyer, and this determination drove me to achieve this goal. The fashion industry can be very difficult to get into but I was encouraged by family and university lecturers to gain great work experience, which gave me a better understanding of what being a buyer actually entails.

What has been your career highlight?

Being promoted to an assistant buyer role was a proud moment. I was thrilled that Joules believed I was ready to make the next step in my career. It’s now my job to prove it was the right decision.

Who is your mentor?

We are really lucky at Joules as we get to work so closely with [founder and chief executive] Tom Joule. He’s really passionate about everything he’s looking at and his experience and knowledge of product is invaluable to listen to. I’m always interested to hear what he thinks about our range and take on board all the advice he gives us as a team.

What’s the best piece of advice he ever gave you?

“Why offer the same as someone else? Always do it better.” That phrase always sticks with me. It just makes sense, especially as a buyer in such a competitive market.

How do you see your career progressing?

I love working for a brand, being part of a story and watching it grow. As a buyer it increases your hunger to make your range work. Everybody is behind the same goal in pushing the brand forward. I hope to continue being part of Joules and work hard to progress my role and learn the steps to be a well-rounded, knowledgeable buyer.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

I can’t stress enough how important work experience has been in setting me up for my career. Working alongside a team allows you to really assess exactly what it is you do and don’t enjoy in a job, before you commit
to a career. I knew from day one that this was the role for me and it helped me focus and work hard.

  • Salaries for this position range from £23,000 to £30,000 (estimate provided by Le Pont)


2013 Assistant buyer, Joules

2012 Buying assistant, Joules

2010 Buying administration assistant, Joules

2010 Internship buying assistant, Urban Outfitters

2010 Graduated Fashion Marketing & Communications BA Hons, Nottingham Trent University

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