Urban Outfitters Senior Buyer, Accessories - London, UK

London, UK
Posted 12 days ago
Full time

Job description

JOB TITLE: Senior Buyer, Accessories

REPORTS TO: Head of Buying

Role Summary

Urban Outfitters started out as a single boutique in 1970s Philadelphia with creativity and uniqueness at its core. 50 years on, and 55 stores across Europe later, we’ve become a destination for emerging design, unexpected styling, One-Of-A-Kind vintage and homeware that makes you want to hit the share button.

We speak to a social community of over 10 million forward-thinking individuals, bringing together a nostalgia for the past with an enthusiasm to shape the future. The UO community are culturally aware, they shape the music scene, they live a digitally native life and they wear style trends before anyone else. At our core, we empower our customers and staff to express themselves, unapologetically, living life in a way that's truly authentic to them.

We are always excited to bring new talent into the room, especially if you share our values:

Progressive — we move with the mood

Creative — we champion limitless minds

Inclusive — we open our platforms to all communities

Responsible — we work to reduce our impact on the environment

Compassionate — we care for each other beyond the 9 to 5

Sound like you, why not join us?

What You’ll Be Doing:

Demonstrate a fresh perspective to deliver a product offer both online and across retail territories.

Create balanced ranges both emerging and relevant to the urban customer focusing on quality, value, and key volume.

Collaborate across functions to ensure complete delivery of concept to customer.

Work closely with global partners to leverage all opportunities.

Strong ability to trade and deliver in-season, as well as longer lead strategic initiatives.

Maintain excellent supplier relationships, identify gaps in sourcing and develop new relationships to support.

Drive individual, departmental, and total business goals through seasonal initiatives

Present strategy, ideas and concepts to senior management

Provide leadership to employees and to peers and foster an open environment of continual training and development

Work together with Planners/Merchandisers to develop effective line plans

Manage the Open to Buy (OTB) plan, knowing when to change the OTB based on business needs

Analyse the business and react with timely reorders and cancellations

Maximise margin opportunities and reduce markdown

Understand seasonality and manage critical path accordingly

Liaise with PR, Marketing, Web, Visual Merchandising and Retail Operations teams to ensure that sales are maximized, and the department reaches its full potential.

Lead and deliver departmental sustainability goals

Represent the brand with integrity and authority, being a true brand ambassador for the business.

What You’ll Need:

Entrepreneurial in spirit, with a strong understanding of the Urban Outfitters brand and customer.

Extensive knowledge of Accessories buying at a Senior level, experience across either Women’s or Men’s considered

Proven track record of driving a successful product strategy within Non-Clothing areas

The ability to identify emerging trends early on and interpret them in a commercial yet exciting way.

Clear communicator with the ability to present and support a point of view.

A team player with the ability to provide leadership, training and motivation to employees and peers.

The Perks

Work-life balance:

Flexible start and finish times

Bring your dog to work


Employees Assistance program to support with mental, physical and financial health

Fully equipped free gym and on-site wellness room in Brick Lane and 50% discount off external gym memberships

Private Medical Insurance

Employee Discount:

Up to 40% off at all URBN Brands (Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and more!)


One paid day to either volunteer or fundraise for a charity of your choice


Cycle to work scheme, season ticket loan

Continued Development:

We offer structured support within the business alongside continued learning and development

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