Assistant Buyer, Frames - Boots Opticians

Job reference: 142900BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: Buying and Merchandising
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
Boots Opticians have an exciting opportunity within the Commercial function for a Buyer within the Frames Team. In this role you will work with a global supplier base and be responsible for the delivery of the buying strategy for eyewear, optimising the range for customers and supporting the proposition to drive business performance.

About the opportunity:

As Frames Buyer, you will be part of a dynamic, commercially-focussed team within Boots Opticians. You will be responsible for a vast collection of brands from own label, through to high-end luxury designer. You will be reporting into the Frames Buying Manager and the role would include:

• Range Management – you will have to understand and analyse range performance, have a keen interest in eyewear trends, and recommend improvements.
• You will be a category expert, working with a broad supplier base from global market leaders, to smaller more dynamic suppliers. You will lead new product selections based on customer insight and eyewear trends, and negotiate the best commercial deals.
• You will work cross-functionally to develop and deliver customer-focused category strategies to meet business targets.
• You will not only work to select product for some of the world-renowned brands in our portfolio, you’ll also work with suppliers in the UK and the Far East to develop product for our house brands.
• You will be the first point of contact for suppliers and manage the day to day relationships; assist Buying Manager in supplier negotiations.

About you:

• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with a track record of building effective working relationships internally and externally.
• Strong analytical skills and experience in using data to make recommendations and commercial decisions.
• Highly organised with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet demanding deadlines.
• Commercially astute, including experience in commercial negotiation, and continually seek to make improvements.
• Proven track record of introducing fresh and innovative ideas.

Benefits:

We have a great range of benefits that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you:

• Boots Pension Scheme
• 25 days holiday + bank holidays
• Discretionary annual bonus scheme
• Generous staff discount (Boots, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearing Care)
• £100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
• Access to corporate discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays etc (UK only)
• Discretionary annual bonus scheme
• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
• Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes, holiday buying and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
• Onsite staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, dry cleaning service and excellent travel links
*All rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility.

Why Boots

Boots Opticians is one of the leading optical chains in the UK and we’re still growing.

We’re all about enriching the lives of every person who walks through our door; including yours. Bring your skills to a business that offers genuine career progression thanks to sheer diversity of practices and roles – and expect to be supported and developed from day one. You can learn more by visiting boots.jobs

What’s next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact frankie.mccallister@boots.co.uk