Innovative, uncompromising, romantic, provocative, upholding the power of emotion and the touch of the human hand: these are all elements that describe the fashion of the house of Alexander McQueen. The brand is synonymous with modern British couture, renowned for its strong identity and celebration of unbridled creativity. Integral to the McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: femininity and masculinity, fragility and strength, tradition and modernity. Under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, the house produces critically acclaimed collections, driven by unparalleled vision and respect for craftsmanship. Burton was made Head of Design for womenswear in 2000 and was appointed Creative Director in 2010. The luxury brand was founded by Lee Alexander McQueen in 1992. Among the greatest fashion designers of his time, the legacy of his work lives on.
Alexander McQueen is looking for a talented Buyer who is passionate about Leathergoods to join the Americas Buying team. This exciting role offers the opportunity to work within a dynamic team, driving the Leathergoods business in the region and being the key point of contact with stores whilst building strong relationships with the Global Merchandising team in Headquarters. The position will be best suited to a proactive individual with strong analytical and communication skills and an extensive understanding of market trends. The role involves regular travelling visiting the regional stores and to buy the collections in Paris and Milan.
How you will contribute:
· To execute the Buying strategy across the region for Leathergoods, respecting the global strategy in accurately representing the collection whilst ensuring this satisfies market demands
· Analyze and report on product and collection results based on store sales
· Collate regular feedback from Store teams in order to help shape the total season assortment, based on the expert knowledge that you have of each store and market
· Contribute towards the effective management of the open-to-buy budget regularly presenting results to Senior Buyer
· Responsible for the day-to-day management of stock re-balancing, identifying strategic opportunities and present to the Senior Buyer
· Manage stock movements relating to specific customer requests and effectively manage the special order process
· Support the Senior Buyer with in store product training, including refresher training and one to one coaching to drive retail excellence
· Implement and run reporting and analysis to closely monitor daily, weekly and monthly sales within your region, deep-diving into category or sizing where necessary
Your Skills & Experience:
· Extensive local market/ regional knowledge gained from a similar Buying or Retail Merchandising role in a luxury retailer
· Knowledge of the latest trends in leathergoods
· Excellent analytical and reporting skills, with a high level of attention to detail
· Strong communication skills, personable with proven experience in developing close partners with store teams
· Highly organized with an ability to manage complexity
· Demonstrate an excellent level of product sensitivity to your category
· Frequent travel required
· Degree in a related discipline
This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of a dynamic team with a visionary brand that offers possibilities to learn and grow. Talent development is a managerial principle at Kering and we are committed to fostering internal mobility. Our common vision promotes leadership skills and helps every employee to reach their full potential in a stimulating and fulfilling workplace environment.
Kering is committed to building a diverse workforce. We believe diversity in all its forms – gender, age, nationality, culture, religious beliefs and sexual orientation – enriches the workplace. It opens up opportunities for people to express their talent, both individually and collectively and it helps foster our ability to adapt to a changing world. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their background.
Alexander McQueen Trading America Inc