Assistant Buyer

Assistant Buyer

Cotswold Outdoor / Runners Need / Snow & Rock

Permanent, Full Time

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Assistant Buyer
Employment Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Cotswold Outdoor / Runners Need / Snow & Rock
Closing Date
£28,000 - £31,000
Full Time

Please note this role is predominantly working from home but you will be required to work 1-2 days per week from our office in Kemble.

Searching for your next adventure? Looking to join a growing company with great prospects? Then come and join one of the UK’s largest outdoor retailers as an Assistant Buyer.

As part of the Outdoor and Cycle Concepts group, Cotswold Outdoor is joined by Runners Need and Snow + Rock to support outdoor enthusiasts by providing excellent customer service and a range of products from world leading brands, all whilst promoting and encouraging sustainability!

How will you make an impact?

  • Assisting the Buyer in the selection and buying of ranges of technical and outdoor lifestyle clothing for retail stores, web sales, B2B and mail order
  • Supporting with presentations for sign-off meetings and the seasonal review process
  • Working closely with Marketing, Visual Merchandising and Omni Channel to generate and communicate key product direction
  • Building supplier relationships and ensuring the best price and margin for the product through negotiations
  • Continually assessing product ranges from key competitors
  • Supporting the Buyer at regular range reviews
  • Managing competitor and trend analysis
  • Seasonal photo shoot preparation and participation
  • Sample management
  • Completing store visits to ensure the key priorities of the “go-to market” strategy are being adhered to and collections are landing as planned
  • Visiting suppliers and attending trade fairs in the UK and Europe

Please note this role is 40 hours per week.

You’ll fit right in if you have:

  • Experience working as an Assistant Buyer across multiple product categories
  • Good numerical skills
  • A creative mindset
  • Commercial thinking and market awareness
  • Good communication skills with the ability to negotiate and influence others
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent Excel and PowerPoint skills

What’s in it for you?

Colleagues make a company, so we believe in offering a total reward package that’s more than just base salary. As part of the O&CC team you’ll receive:

  • Base salary of £28,000 – £31,000 per annum
  • Bonus of up to £1,500 per annum
  • 40-60% discount across our range of products
  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Access to Perkbox, allowing you to save money all year round. Whether it’s supermarket savings or days out, the daily coffee or a summer holiday – there’s something to suit everyone’s lifestyle.

But there’s more, for a full list of what we offer at O&CC check out our website – Rewards And Benefits – Outdoor and Cycle Concepts (

Applications from all genders and backgrounds are encouraged.

O&CC aims to be an inclusive employer, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background leads to a better organisation for our employees and customers, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that leverage diversity, allowing us all to flourish and keep our business growing.

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