Assistant Buyer - Wine & Spirits

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Wine and Spirits Assistant Buyer - London/Hybrid

Do you keep up to date with Wine & Spirits trends?
Do you love all things Hospitality?
If YES, we may have the role for you… 
Luxury department store, Harvey Nichols, is searching for a Wine and Spirits Assistant Buyer to join its thriving Food & Beverages department in our Head Office in London – Knightsbridge. Our culture is based on inclusivity; we embrace diversity. Whoever you are, Harvey Nichols has a place for you.  


How we reward your hard work… 

At Harvey Nichols, we champion career development and are passionate about our people. We will do all we can to support your journey and career path with us. Alongside this you will have access to a world of amazing benefits such as. 

  • Up to 40% off fashion  
  • Up to 40% off hospitality, foodmarket and hampers 
  • 30% off beauty and perfumery, wine and spirits 
  •  Clothing allowance 


You will also have access to charity days, a season ticket/bike loan; learning and development opportunities; to our Employee Assistance Program - Retail Trust and recognition schemes and the opportunity to join one of our employee groups – Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainability. These are just some of the reasons people join and stay! 

About the role… 

Support the buyers to source and buy an appropriate merchandise on an agreed range of products to meet agreed customer and range profile as well as sales, stock and profit targets in line with the overall Company buying strategy. Provide support to the Wine and Spirits buyers across all relevant functions, to ensure that the category runs efficiently.

  • Assist the Buying Manager and/or Buyer with regular range reviews, product selections and buying decisions.
  • Support the Buyers in their work with the Merchandising Team to provide data analysis on category reviews, considering sales history, trends, space allocation to products and product seasonality.
  • Support and gain a detailed understanding from the Buying Manager/Buyer in all aspects of the Company’s own label beverage proposition as part of the overall strategy.
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge of the market through existing and potential brands and build successful relationships with suppliers through regular and effective communication.
  • Work with the Merchandising Team to review weekly sales information which identifies requirements for repeat orders, mark-downs and range changes and review with the Buying Manager and/or Buyer, as appropriate. Action agreed changes.
  • Regularly review each individual market keeping abreast of trends within product area.
  • Closely monitor and record competitor activity through comparative shopping exercises.
  • Establish and negotiate the best possible terms (where appropriate) to provide planned gross margins and stock turn.
  • Initiate and recommend ways of improving sales performance, with the emphasis on visual merchandising, promotional activity, staff training and negotiated supplier support, as appropriate.
  • Maintain system data integrity and accurate record keeping – range plan, trade plan, product specs, prices etc at all times.
  • Act as a point of contact for store personnel relative to buying related queries, product availability and pricing.
  • Build relationships with all sales channels (stores, Online, Corporate sales, PS) to stimulate trade growth and productive working relationships.


Is this you?  

We are looking for individuals who embrace diversity, love a challenge, are passionate about luxury retail and are looking for something uniquely different.  


  • Are you passionate about wine and spirits?
  • Do you have strong communication and presentation skills?
  • Do you have good planning and organising skills?
  • Do you have strong negotiation and influencing skills?
  • Do you have strong problem-solving skills, the ability to work dynamically, and handle multiple priorities?
  • Do you have strong numerical and analytical skills?
  • Are you a team player who creates a positive and dynamic working environment, and fosters an open, honest, and respectful culture?


Where do I sign? 
If you are already thinking of what you will wear on your first day (no we don’t have uniforms) and this role catches your eye, hit the “apply” button below to kick-start your journey with us.


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