Carmen is available for work
“I am a creative, fashion forward individual with a strong commercial mind and with 10 years of expertise in branded buying and product development in fashion & lifestyle fast-paced retailers & marketplaces”.
I am very good at detecting new business opportunities and building successful product assortments, maximising sales & reducing stock risk in order to comply with the overall performance KPIS. I have also managed to build new product categories and contributed to improve growth within categories that previously were underperforming.
I have developed my career as a fashion buyer for both branded product and own brand, having worked not only on product selection for third brands but also in the development of product categories and collections with design teams and suppliers. I have pre previously worked for big brands such as Urban Outfitters, Matchesfashion.com and Bimba y Lola.
Grown from the bottom level acquiring year by year seniority until my current role and have developed really strong interpersonal skills that have helped me to not only become a key team player internally within my teams but also cross departmentally.
During my years in Urban Outfitters & Matchesfashion it has been a key input the strong net of branded contacts & relationships that I bonded within retail, premium and luxury brands and high end designers. Have also developed a strong understanding on how a pioneer e-commerce platform succeeds within such a competitive landscape as it is luxury fashion.
On my daily basis I am used to work within buying teams and to partner and negotiate with vendors in order to build successful product assortments. Quick thinking and reactive and efficient decision making based on a solid analysis basis are key cornerstones of my work ethic with the aim of always maximising departmental performance but always with an eye on consumer behavioural patterns, key products and trends and as well as hot new labels and driver bestselling established brands.
Open to relocation
Open to Full-time work
Buying Manager Women Bags & SLGS
BIMBA Y LOLA
Oct 2019 - Present
Responsible of the seasonal product assortment, managing the design team within the development phase. Responsible for following & managing the budget & open to buy for the department. Managing the bu...
Buyer Women Shoes & Bags
Jun 2017 - Sep 2019
Planning & management of the buying schedule for all markets (London, Milan, Paris & NY) & attending all buying appointments, making the selection of the product for contemporary & luxury designers st...
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
Full responsibility in managing the OTB for the department and the product selection for own buy as well as branded product, reporting directly to the line accessories manager in absence of the buyer ...
Sales Associate & Visual Merchandising
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
Engaging customers through conversation and till service. Assisting in the training and development of peers. Timely & accurate completion of tasks (visual merchandising, replenishment, markdowns...)....
Buying Assistant Women Shoes
Jul 2013 - Jul 2014
Responsible of administration including all internal reporting, competitor analysis & raising orders on the system. Follow up on deliveries with the inhouse factory & production department to maintain...
Universidad Europea Madrid
Graphic Design Course
2023 to 2023
Rey Juan Carlos I University
Postgraduate Digital Marketing & Social Media
Digital Marketing & Social Media
2012 to 2013
IESIDE BUSINESS SCHOOL & CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
Bachelor in Business Administration
Bachelor of Business
2008 to 2012
Carmen is a strong-minded individual and is often described as "driven" in her approach to life and work. She is confident, assertive and when given her head, will be great at driving projects to completion. Carmen works best when given a challenge. She believes in purposeful action and getting on with the job rather than talking about the job. Carmen's high energy and assertive manner helps her to achieve the tasks she sets himself. Failure is not something she accepts willingly.
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