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  • Luxury Buyer - ARI

    Job Locations IE-Global
    Job Post Information* : Posted Date 3 weeks ago(20/11/2018 14:18)
    Number of Openings
  • Overview

    Aer Rianta International (ARI)

    ARI is one of the largest and most significant players in the global travel retail industry. We own and manage duty free and duty paid retail outlets in Europe, The Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas. From pioneering beginnings when we opened the world’s first duty free shop in Shannon Airport in 1947, we now employ over 3,000 people worldwide and manage a turnover in excess of $1 billion. ARI’s head office is based in Dublin, Ireland and is a wholly owned subsidiary of daa plc.


    ARI Buying Function

    ARI has established a high performing Buying team based across our global business. We have split buying into three main categories – Beauty, Liquor & Tobacco and Souvenirs/Accessories. Each category is then broken down by region – Europe and North America, Middle East and APAC. A large portion of the Global Buying team sits in ARI’s Head Office in Dublin, Ireland but we also have local Buyers based onsite in each region. The Buying team has the responsibility to build and develop on the current success of the business and ensure that the exciting plans, objectives and profitable revenues of the company are achieved by implementing an effective category and product strategy in each location.


    This role

    You will be responsible for implementation and delivery of the Luxury Category strategy for Ireland. You are responsible for the day to day management of vendors and range management in terms of reviewing/managing existing product ranges. This is a critically important role in ensuring that retail standards and execution of the category buying strategy is implemented to the highest level in stores in ARI Ireland. Reporting to the Global Buying Manager, this role will work closely with the Operations team, collaborating with colleagues to optimise local business unit performance.


    • Proven experience in Retail Purchasing and/or Merchandising management.
    • Proven experience in brand relationship management
    • Strong understanding of merchandising financials, retail math and the ability to manage profitability
    • Proven experience building profitable business in Knowledge of Open-to-Buy process
    • Strong product sensibility and understanding of category brands
    • Ability to analyse reports and draw conclusions/recommendations
    • Ability to remain flexible and willing to change and challenge strategies, as business needs dictate


    Vendor management: Implements and monitors category strategy, new vendor agreements and JBRs for Luxury in Ireland. This person is responsible for;

    • Collating and submitting all necessary listing details, including store ranging, on the required templates to the central MasterData team.
    • Manage the vendor relationship locally, with a focus on promotional and activity plan, pricing queries, stock queries, staff issues.
    • Place all newness orders for the category.
    • Work with the vendors to ensure ARIs system is up to date with item information.
    • Ensures compliance to SLAs for all negotiations for Luxury in Ireland.
    • Bi weekly conference calls with each supplier focusing on sales performance.  

    Range Reviews:

    • Manages the current active assortment listing on all Luxury brands in Ireland and provides the necessary details to MasterData to maintain a clean product database of active and discontinued lines.
    • Ensures the system is up to date with the most recent cost and retail prices.
    • In collaboration with Supply and Planning team, maintains appropriate local shelf stock parameters for category.
    • Provides regular, local feedback to Global Buying Manager and Global Head of Category, on strengths and weaknesses of products and new opportunities, identifying specific action plans to further develop business. Works with Planning and completes daily and weekly category analysis to ensure optimum stock forecasting and on shelf availability.
    • Reviews individual sku performance regularly and based on performance to make local delisting decisions.
    • Weekly management of on hold for all vendors.
    • Communicates sku level delisting’s decision to the master data team in the agreed format, Masterdata will be implement all delisting’s within 48hrs.
    • Negotiates/seeks funding or stock uplifts to clear deletions from stock holding.
    • Review brand performance annually and to approve brand and space listing/delisting & space change decisions.


    Sales performance:

    • Tracks and reports weekly on category performance, at store level, versus budget and sell through.
    • Working in collaboration with Global Buying Manager and local management, drives actions plans locally to deliver targets and budgets.


    Clearance Activity:

    • Agrees and supports implementation of local promotional plan.
    • Manages, with the Planning team, a scheduled quarterly clearance plan of activity to address stock levels and poor selling skus’.
    • Provides MasterData with the clearance plan data and then communicates the plan to the Op’s team.


    Operations relationship: Builds and maintains excellent collaborative working relationship with local management and store teams to ensure delivery of sales against targets/budgets, profit, optimum sell-thru and customer experience.

    • Checks in-store compliance and feedback issues.
    • Provides the store brief for promotional changes.
    • Issues Brand Launch/Promotions weekly/monthly/quarterly store brief
    • Controls Category Micro space
    • Ensures Product Training Management


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