Assistant Fashion Buyer

2017-11-07 12:19:01
  • Company: Duma Works
  • Location: Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Sales/Marketing Jobs in Kenya
  • Duma Works is recruiting an Assistant Fashion Buyer. The hiring firm is a high end classic clothing and fashion line with stores within Nairobi.

Job Description

  • The Assistant Buyer ensures that products appear in the right store, at the right time and in the right quantities. This involves working closely with the Merchandising and Design Teams to accurately forecast trends, plan stock levels and monitor performance.
  • The Assistant Buyer will be able to analyze market trends and conditions, store inventory levels, product content and assortment, along with demographic requirements to make sound decisions that deliver assigned sales and profit goals.

Assistant Fashion Buyer Job Responsibilities

Plan the Product Assortment


Together with Head of Merchandising create pre-season forecasting plans to ensure sales units and profit targets

Develop strategies for projected forecasts, inventory by sku needs, and order flow set ups for specified timeframe

Manage the monthly merchandise flow calendars and create strategies to maximize sales, profitability, and customer expectations (ex. What time items have to be produced to meet in-store delivery dates)

Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities and recommend strategies to achieve financial goals

Coordinate Merchandise


Track styles throughout the development, production, and shipping stage

Create and maintain tracking of all set samples to ensure that photography, product code set-up, and shipping date to warehouse deadlines are met

Maintain Product image files by season for Merchandise library and to share with Marketing and Online teams

Assist Marketing with Photography scheduling and coordination for in-house shoots

Prioritize and re-prioritize styles to be produced to capitalize on sales trends and business needs

Allocate to Stores


Coordinate with Store Coordinator for restocking and replenishment needs and allocate from warehouse

Perform allocation on time in order to maintain the flow of merchandise to shops and meet logistics requirements

Create store allocation matrix to ship correct product to specific stores that maximizes sell through.

Manage Inventory


Manage stock levels through sell thru and in-stock position per store. Monitor stock based on forecasts and flag overstock situations, monitoring slow sellers and suggesting action plans

Create and manage optimum product mix per store

Create markdown and sale strategies to minimize dead stock



Analyze spreadsheet reports, size, and selling data in order to identify improvement opportunities and implement allocation strategies to maximize business

Develop store specific distribution plans based on the sales trends, seasonal needs of the particular store and prioritize the distributions

Analyze historical data and current trends to identify risks and opportunities to business and recommend strategies to achieve financial goals

Present analysis in weekly business meetings and monthly planning meetings

Drive analytical excellence by developing new reporting and approaches.

Behaviors and Traits:


Commitment to exceeding internal and external customer expectations

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to think strategically and strong problem solver

Excellent judgment and decision making skills

Very strong organizational skills, able to handle multiple priorities

Results oriented individual with attention to detail

Qualifications for the Assistant Fashion Buyer Job

Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills required

Analytical skills

Results oriented individual with strong numerical and mathematical skills

Advanced Microsoft Excel Skills. Planning systems experience preferred

1-3 years of merchandise planning experience, strongly preferred

BA/BS degree in business-related field and/or relevant work experience

Strong Interest in Women’s fashion preferred

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