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How to be a Junior buyer at a private Sales etailer

Advice from Gemma Wood, Operations manager at CVUK

To be a junior buyer at a discount private Sales website, candidates need a strong interest in fashion and in brands. They need to know who is doing what, from designer right down to the high street, because they will essentially be buying excess stock from these brands.

They should have a fashion-related degree and gain as many placements as they can while at university: the market is so competitive that all the experience they can get before their first role will put them higher up the ladder when it comes to landing the job.

In regards to experience, candidates can either come from another website, or from the high street. The difference between this role and one at a normal retailer is that buyers tend to be more numbers-led. They do a lot more negotiating with suppliers: getting things at the right price and doing deals.

Experience from a competitor site would be amazing, because not many people are doing this sort of thing online right now. An employer knows that someone with experience at one of their competitors is going to have contacts, which will help when it comes to negotiating.

Salaries range from £28,000 to £35,000.

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