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Jean Paul Gaultier

Buyer Fabrics and Supplies

Freelance/Temporary

Paris, France

The creator of this Haute Couture house likes to shake things up with humour, understanding very early on the concerns and issues of a multicultural society, playing with established sociological and aesthetic codes. Beyond the exceptional Haute Couture savoir-faire, this Haute Couture House offers an open vision of society, a world of madness, sensitivity, humour and impertinence where each person can assert themselves as they are. The house is looking for a Freelance Senior Collection Fabrics and Supplies Buyer / Purchaser. Based in Paris for a 6 month contract. Start date: early April.

Level

Senior Manager

Skills

Haute Couture (Advanced)

Collection Development (Advanced)

Supplier Management (Advanced)

Purchase Management (Advanced)

Pricing Negotiations (Advanced)

Languages

French (Fluent)

English (Fluent)

Sourcing of fabrics / supplies Haute Couture:

- Visit exhibitions, find out about competitors collections

- Prepare a selection and propose seasonal materials and new techniques

- Guide the selection by following the material collection plan, budget and deadlines

- Ensure a consistent offer (type of materials, different weights, prices etc.)

- Control the number of suppliers, qualities and colors

- Have a stable, precise, balanced supply of suppliers meeting needs and constraints

- Find new partners according to needs if necessary

- Monitor the proper integration of service providers and suppliers upstream and downstream of the company's production processes

Purchase of fabrics / supplies Haute Couture:

- Order materials / supplies and ensure delivery times

- Create SEO in PLM

- Validate orders and invoices, coordinate the link with accounting

- Respect the allocated budget

- Ensure the proper fulfillment of negotiated contractual conditions

- Development of special fabric / embroidery / leather

- Manage supply times on a daily basis and meet collection deadlines.

- Use our PLM system and IT tool

- Receive and control materials

- Manage the stock (inventory, warehouse returns, production relations))

Advice and product knowledge:

- Advise designers

- Know the material / model attributes

- Guide the choices or alert if attributions are not suitable or do not make sense from a production / price / time point of view

- Preparation of pre-purchase appointments

- Know the consumables of coll and stocks

- Alert if changes in progress on certain materials or quality issues.

Focus:

- Anticipate the difficulties of industrialization of fabrics in collaboration with material development / testing

- Propose and set up alternative sourcing when necessary

- Ensure regulatory compliance

- Take charge of the price negotiation part

- Transmission of information to controlled production and within the dates set.

- Be a technical support for the production if necessary.

 Storage:

- Optimize our prologue stocks by collaborating with the production teams

- Manage and reduce the stock of unused production material by offering them in the seasonal selection, or for special projects

- Also offer overstocking for material pre-purchases for carry-over materials.

- Set up a material clearance once a year on the collection stock

Management:

- Lead a team of buyers and coordinate their activities

- Set and monitor goals

Reporting:

- Creation of regular reporting tools to be put in place (stock, deadlines, qualities / suppliers, budget)

- Continuously monitor costs and purchasing budget

- Provide reporting to the collection director and the business departments of the company

Required profile

Education and level of experience required: You are specialized and already have a strong experience in a Haute Couture / luxury house (minimum 10 years).

Qualifications required: 

High capacity for work in a demanding environment; Excellent knowledge of Haute Couture and the luxury industry; Essential team spirit. Sense of communication and interpersonal skills; Responsiveness, autonomy, versatility and punctuality.

Languages: Excellent level of English and French essential.

Additional information: Product knowledge.

Level

Senior Manager

Skills

Haute Couture (Advanced)

Collection Development (Advanced)

Supplier Management (Advanced)

Purchase Management (Advanced)

Pricing Negotiations (Advanced)

Languages

French (Fluent)

English (Fluent)

The creator of this Haute Couture house likes to shake things up with humour, understanding very early on the concerns and issues of a multicultural society, playing with established sociological and aesthetic codes. Beyond the exceptional Haute Couture savoir-faire, this Haute Couture House offers an open vision of society, a world of madness, sensitivity, humour and impertinence where each person can assert themselves as they are. The house is looking for a Freelance Senior Collection Fabrics and Supplies Buyer / Purchaser. Based in Paris for a 6 month contract. Start date: early April.

Sourcing of fabrics / supplies Haute Couture:

- Visit exhibitions, find out about competitors collections

- Prepare a selection and propose seasonal materials and new techniques

- Guide the selection by following the material collection plan, budget and deadlines

- Ensure a consistent offer (type of materials, different weights, prices etc.)

- Control the number of suppliers, qualities and colors

- Have a stable, precise, balanced supply of suppliers meeting needs and constraints

- Find new partners according to needs if necessary

- Monitor the proper integration of service providers and suppliers upstream and downstream of the company's production processes

Purchase of fabrics / supplies Haute Couture:

- Order materials / supplies and ensure delivery times

- Create SEO in PLM

- Validate orders and invoices, coordinate the link with accounting

- Respect the allocated budget

- Ensure the proper fulfillment of negotiated contractual conditions

- Development of special fabric / embroidery / leather

- Manage supply times on a daily basis and meet collection deadlines.

- Use our PLM system and IT tool

- Receive and control materials

- Manage the stock (inventory, warehouse returns, production relations))

Advice and product knowledge:

- Advise designers

- Know the material / model attributes

- Guide the choices or alert if attributions are not suitable or do not make sense from a production / price / time point of view

- Preparation of pre-purchase appointments

- Know the consumables of coll and stocks

- Alert if changes in progress on certain materials or quality issues.

Focus:

- Anticipate the difficulties of industrialization of fabrics in collaboration with material development / testing

- Propose and set up alternative sourcing when necessary

- Ensure regulatory compliance

- Take charge of the price negotiation part

- Transmission of information to controlled production and within the dates set.

- Be a technical support for the production if necessary.

 Storage:

- Optimize our prologue stocks by collaborating with the production teams

- Manage and reduce the stock of unused production material by offering them in the seasonal selection, or for special projects

- Also offer overstocking for material pre-purchases for carry-over materials.

- Set up a material clearance once a year on the collection stock

Management:

- Lead a team of buyers and coordinate their activities

- Set and monitor goals

Reporting:

- Creation of regular reporting tools to be put in place (stock, deadlines, qualities / suppliers, budget)

- Continuously monitor costs and purchasing budget

- Provide reporting to the collection director and the business departments of the company

Required profile

Education and level of experience required: You are specialized and already have a strong experience in a Haute Couture / luxury house (minimum 10 years).

Qualifications required: 

High capacity for work in a demanding environment; Excellent knowledge of Haute Couture and the luxury industry; Essential team spirit. Sense of communication and interpersonal skills; Responsiveness, autonomy, versatility and punctuality.

Languages: Excellent level of English and French essential.

Additional information: Product knowledge.

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