Senior Buyer, Denim - Womenswear

Location: Hanger Lane

Hours of Work: 9.30-5.30

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Senior Buyer, Denim - Womenswear


With more than 60 years of history in the bag, ours is a brand with an impressive heritage. Style is well and truly in our blood. As well as UK and Ireland, we are represented globally through our stores in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. Our e-commerce business is helping to set the trend globally, shipping to 125 countries whilst also growing our presence on the world’s leading digital fashion marketplaces.

Our people make all the difference. Just as the River Island name pulls customers in off the high street and inspires them to buy online, our employer brand turns the heads of talented people, inspiring them to join, stay and grow with us.


Our Buyers are at the heart of our business and at River Island you would be working as part of a leading buying team in a fast, dynamic, diverse and exciting environment. Working closely with our Merchandisers and Designers you will be an integral part of our team responsible for creating trend driven product ranges for our customer.

We are looking for an experienced creative Buyer or Senior Buyer ideally from a Womenswear background with strong Denim experience and a great eye for young/fast fashion.

Key duties would include:-

  • Working closely with the Design, Merchandising team and Buying Director to develop a creative and balanced product range
  • Providing a high degree of input on product and competitor activity
  • Ensuring relevant trends and fashion are translated appropriately for our brand and customer
  • Maintaining all aspects of the critical path with your team (Junior Buyer, Assistant Buyers and Buyers Clerks)
  • Negotiating with and influencing own buy suppliers
  • Ensuring the smooth running of the development process, maintaining schedules and key deadlines
  • Training and developing your team of Junior Buyers, Assistant Buyers and clerks

 WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING… and we know exactly what experience we’re looking for!

  • Currently operating at Buyer or Senior Buyer level with a solid buying career to-date within a fast fashion brand
  • Experience and strong understanding of Denim across mens or womens within a fast fashion brand
  • Buying experience within Mens or Womens clothing
  • Outstanding commercial awareness, with a creative eye for product and trends
  • Good time management skills with the ability to plan, organise and prioritise tasks under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Be a team player, understanding priorities and work load of other departments
  • Excellent communication and networking skills at all levels
  • Proven management skills, with the ability to coach and develop junior members of the team
  • Love the brand as much as we do!


If you are ambitious and love working in a busy environment where every day is new, then River Island is the place to be! As a business, we are committed to developing our talent and offer a fantastic training program to help you optimise your performance and support your career progression with the company.

Our working environment is busy, fast moving and responsive to our customers’ needs, much like our training which is unique to our business and reflective of our fun and refreshing brand and our people within it! Our River Academy offers ongoing training and development by running workshops throughout the year varying from courses focusing on softer skills to the more technical courses you may require to perform your duties.

 It’s not all work and no play here either…we all work hard but we also like to have fun too! We are a social bunch and regularly host events ranging from Summer and Christmas parties, bake offs, and lots of charity events!

WE LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER…and in doing so, we provide great benefits for our employees:                      

  • 50% Staff Discount
  • Company car/car allowance
  • Bonus scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Competitive holidays plus bank holidays
  • Season ticket loan
  • Healthcare scheme
  • Discounted on-site gym membership
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Staff Shop
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Free onsite parking
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