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Job Reference: 179980BR

Nottingham Support Office

Fixed Term

Full-time

Buyer – Frames
Boots Opticians
Secondment / Fixed Term Contract for 12 Months


Boots Opticians have a 12 month opportunity within the Trading team as maternity cover 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. The successful candidate must have a passion for the customer and the drive to make the, sometimes bewildering journey, of visiting and purchasing in Boots Opticians an enjoyable one. Whilst also ensuring ongoing profitability of the business.

About the opportunity:

As the 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:
  • Competitive holiday allowance (with the option to buy more days)
  • Boots Retirement Savings Plan pension scheme
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity / Paternity / Adoption leave pay
  • £100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
  • Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, holiday buying, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme offering free, independent and confidential counselling and support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Generous staff discount (with enhanced discounts for Boots brands, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearingcare)
  • Access to corporate third-party discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays and more (UK only)
  • Access to the Boots Benevolent Fund, a registered charity that offers support to eligible current and former colleagues in the UK, as well as their immediate relatives, at times of financial hardship.
  • Access to a range of learning and development resources and programmes
  • Excellent onsite facilities including: staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, outdoor seating spaces, dry cleaning service and excellent travel links including on campus bus stops

*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.

At Boots we're proud to offer our Support Office team members a hybrid working approach because how we work is central to our ability to compete, innovate and win together. Our hybrid, flexible approach to work is based upon empowerment, accountability, care and trust and includes a balanced mix of remote and office-based working.

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 chelsea.jenno@boots.co.uk


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