• Interim Director of Buying Kate Spade, London (Maternity Cover))

    Country – State – City UK-LND-London
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/5/2018 12:05 PM)
    Job ID
    Merchandising & Buying - Other
  • Overview

    Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of kate spade new york. From handbags to clothing and décor, our exuberant approach to the everyday encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm. We call it living colorfully.

    As a member of the Tapestry family, we are part of a global house of brands that has unwavering optimism and is committed to being innovative and wholly inclusive. 


    • Responsibilities:



        • Range planning - develop seasonal distribution strategy and OTB budgets for all directly operated channels with planning partner.
        • Merchandising strategy – define Good/Better/Best product strategies, pricing and line architecture to translate in DTC and wholesale channels.
        • Seasonal Product Hind sighting - presentations to Global Corporate Merchandising and Wholesale. Influence Global Line Architecture design to meet Europe business needs.
        • Seasonal buys (NYC) – directly responsible for buying and quantifying RTW, Handbags, SLGs and licensed categories the directly operated channels (Specialty and outlet).
        • Wholesale assortments - define and influence tiered assortments across all categories
        • Wholesale Samples – manage selection & order process for direct and partner showrooms
        • Manage lifecycle of FP products - through strategic stock rotations, transfers or flow to Outlet
        • Store productivity reviews – incl. sales/sq. foot density, capacity, fixturing, SKU productivity and customer profile
        • New Store Openings - planning stock strategy and packages with VM, Retail and Planning
        • Seasonal investment presentations - to Retail Store Managers and Ecom/Marketing teams
    • Licensing Categories - In partnership with planning lead in season meetings with licensee to understand and guide assortment strategy, pricing etc…
      • Markdowns – in partnership with planning, recommend mark down strategy.
      • Competitive Research – undertake regular comp shops to review landscape pricing, ranges, signage and product offer. Communicate to Corporate Merchandising the Europe product needs and act as needed
      • Buying Matrixcreate matrixes and cheat sheets to communicate Big Ideas to Creative and Marketing (Corporate)

      • MONTHLY
      •  Floorset mapping - by Door with Visual Merchandising and Retail, to ensure Global Key Directives are aligned to
      • Store Comms – product monthly deck for Stores, sharing key investments, early product launches and stock risks
      • Monthly Meetings - EOM hindsight and action meetings with Ecom Trading, Retail and Wholesale
      • Store Visits – Carry out monthly store visits.   Communicate feedback/actions to all partners
      • International sales performance – review China, EMEA sales monthly and communicate EU opportunities to VM/Retail and stores. Respond to traffic and tourism trends


    • WEEKLY
    • Reporting – in partnership with planning analysis of previous week’s trade and present actions to partners in WSRM
    • Team Management – weekly Buying meetings to prioritize action and workload for the week
    • Outlet promotions – in partnership with planning review promotional and pricing strategy


    skills and abilities required:

    • Minimum 8 years buying management experience
    • Highly commercial, numerate and analytical
    • Management/ supervisory experience a must

    • Knowledge of the fashion or accessories luxury goods market Experience of working with a global company/brand
    • An outstanding individual will:

      • Use market and industry insights to inform strategy and approach to stay competitive
      • Solve complex, challenging issues through fresh thinking and resourcefulness
      • Translate priorities into ambitious and achievable goals for team members. Help people understand the broader context and stay connected to the vision even through times of ambiguity
      • Identify resources to see initiatives through and continually assess the effectiveness and efficiency of work efforts
      • Creative problem solving and strategic thinking skills with strong business acumen
      • Ability to make prudent decisions under pressure and deadlines
      • Build effective global partnerships and interact successfully with diverse individuals at all levels


    kate spade new york is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit kate spade new york at www.katespade.com.


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