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When I was in 5th year in school, I was asked what occupation I would like to do for the rest of my life. I replied, "Retail buying". I studied a certificate in Retail Enterprise Management and then onto a degree in Marketing. I joined Life Style Sports and worked as a trainee manager. I then applied internally for the role of a buying administrator. All went well and here I am in the buying department working in something I was always interested in. A dream come true!
We have a laugh together but the work gets done. Each and every individual in the buying team is extremely enthusiastic and very encouraging. There is always someone to help out and steer you in the right direction. This really made me feel very welcome to head office. I think we all work really well together and have become good friends.
The start of the week is all about analysing sales from the week previous and identifying missed opportunities and rectifying ways of turning these into sales. The remainder of the week could be spent doing store visits or spent meeting suppliers. The stores are our link to the customer so we have to ensure our products are looking the best they can. Viewing the supplier's collections is probably my favourite part. Seeing the latest collection the brands have to offer is very exciting.
There is no chance you would get bored in buying!!! It's essential not to be in the office all day every day as it is important to know what is going on in the market place. We complete a market analysis report every season and this allows us to get out to the high street bring our cameras, analysis trends and examine competitor activity.
My advice to anyone would be to never let your original ideal job go too far out of sight. Buying was always in the back of my mind. I was on holidays for a week or two when I was trainee manager in store and when I returned, I was searching for an old email I had deleted and I actually came across the buying administration role here! So you never know it may pop up somewhere you may never expect!!