Beauty Buyer

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Job Reference: selfridges/TP/147165/1958
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Competitive + Benefits
Working Hours: 37.5
Closing Date: 14/01/2021
Job Category: Buying & Merchandising
Region / Division: London - Oxford Street
Location: London

Job Introduction

Are you looking for a new challenge that gives you the chance to get creative and use your knowledge of buying to elevate our beauty offering? Looking for a company that wants to help further your career in buying, as well as provide you with an exciting, inspiring and fun place to work?  

If the answer to all of these questions is ‘yes’ then you’re just the kind of person we’re looking for! 

A bit about the role

As a beauty buyer, you will source new brands and product, whilst negotiating the best terms for Selfridges, as well as manage our existing brand portfolio. You will work closely with internal and external stakeholders in order to drive sales and maximise profitability and further enhance our reputable beauty offering.


As a Beauty Buyer you will:

  • Source new brands, product and retail experiences in line with the strategy through knowledge and expertise of the product and market​
  • Negotiate the best possible terms with suppliers i.e. margin, trade discounts, markdown support ​
    Ensure that buying decisions are based on a sound commercial framework to drive sales and profits​
  • Develop and maintain brand relationships to ensure that Selfridges is consistently presented with first to market and exclusive opportunities
  • Work closely with the Merchandiser to plan the OTB and to monitor and review in season, taking action and making recommendations to the Buying Manager where necessary
  • Be responsible for range planning, working closely with the Merchandiser and Buying Manager​
  • Manage existing brand portfolio through analysis of performance and close collaboration with brand partners, taking action when necessary and making decision to keep or discontinue within the business​
  • Manage the performance of concession businesses through regular meetings with the concession partners and analysis of their performance, making recommendations to the Buying Manager ​
  • To be responsible for the ordering process within the area, ensuring compliance with all relevant processes ​

A bit about you

  • Highly knowledgeable. You will have a well-developed and informed understanding of the beauty category, as well as the beauty industry
  • Strategic and operational. With strong analytical skills and experience driving long-term and profitable commercial strategies, you’ll be able to successfully manage projects from ideation through to completion. ​
  • Engaging. Able to influence your stakeholders, retail and brands, you know how to use both data and market trends to drive commercial opportunities ​
  • Customer focused. Combined with exceptional taste and instinct, you are able to push the boundaries to offer new and exciting products
  • All over the numbers. You are numerate with a highly commercial approach, as well as proficient in excel​
  • Collaborative. Working flexibly as part of the wider buying team you will support in projects and cross functional meetings as appropriate​
  • An example of our values, a trusted and respected colleague

This job is a brilliant opportunity to join a close-knit team who are incredibly passionate about taking our beauty buy to the next level. If you’re looking to come into a new role and make a real impact, then this will be perfect for you.

A bit about us

Our creative spirit

We are more than a shop. We are a social space where culture and commerce collide to release an energy that we call the Selfridges spirit. We are here to make our world brighter, and everyone is welcome.


Our awards cabinet

We’re not ones to brag, but since you asked...Selfridges has won the award for The World’s Best Department Store an unprecedented four times at the IGDS awards, with an additional award for the Best Sustainability Campaign. 


Our future

Since 1909 we have been at the forefront of retail and today our stores in London, Manchester and Birmingham – alongside and the Selfridges App – continue to redefine the way we shop and socialise. As a Selfridges team member, you will learn what it takes to consistently drive innovation, success and amazing customer experiences.



There are lots of reasons to be excited about joining Team Selfridges – from our fantastic team member communities to volunteer days and behind-the-scenes Selfridges experiences throughout the year.

Other benefits and rewards include:

• Generous bonus and/or commission scheme

• Discounted gym memberships

• Pension contributions 

• Annual travel pass and cycle to work schemes

• A volunteer day for all team members

• Access to a wide range of training programmes to help your career development