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Senior Collection Supplies (RTW & Accessories) Freelance Buyer/Purchaser wanted for a reborn French Fashion House ("couture start-up"). Based in Paris. Maternity Cover. 6 months contract. Start date: September 2021. The company is a well-known name in the world of fashion, backed by an international group. It is a small structure on a human scale where everyone carries their projects with a wide range of responsibilities. Team of 5 persons.

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Required Skills & Experience

  • Buying & Merchandising
  • Purchasing & Procurement
  • Order Planning

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Product Knowledge
  • Luxury & Fashion Industry
  • Negotiation Skills

Job Description

Sourcing of materials / supplies:
- 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 materials / supplies:
- 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 materials / embroidery / prints
- 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.

- 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.

- 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

- Lead a team of buyers and coordinate their activities
- Set and monitor goals

- 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: Business school, you are specialized and already have a strong experience in a luxury house (minimum 5 years).

Qualifications required: 
High capacity for work in a demanding environment; Excellent knowledge of 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. A third language like Italian, Spanish or German would be a plus.

Additional information: Product knowledge.


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