Buying/Product Development Assistant - Maidstone - up to £24k - Fast-paced and Dynamic Business
This is a great opportunity for a Buying Assistant or Product Development Assistant to join a specialist supplier known for their innovative and high quality product range. This is a key appointment for the business, with the ability to directly contribute to the creation and development of a bespoke, on-trend product range.
What does the Buyer/Product Development Assistant role involve?
Working with key internal stakeholders with regards to creating commercial, on-trend products; project managing the product development cycle and critical path. Manage the receipt & approval of red seals in line with critical path target dates. Ensure they are labelled & stored away.
Pro-active market research, identification of trends and competitive threats to feed the product development process and sourcing of new components - negotiation of cost, ensuring fit for purpose and managing minimum order requirements.
Feeding ideas, trends and finding to key contacts to contribute to the visualisation, presentation and creation of concept products for review.
Attendance in key product development meetings and reviews to improve understanding of outcomes, ensuring all actions and recommendations following customer feedback are completed in a timely manner.
Update and maintain database in an accurate and timely manner, forecasting stock requirements ensuring appropriate availability for future needs. Creation of final artwork including pack copy templates; ensuring that all necessary information is received within customer expectations.
Essential Skills and experience required for this Buyer/Product Development Assistant role:
Be an effective communicator, with an ability to deal diplomatically at all levels, both internally and externally.
A good understanding of Buying/Sourcing and/or Product Development
Have excellent planning and organisational skills to ensure deadlines are met.
Ability to demonstrate a creative innovative approach to problem solving.
Capable of working unsupervised and able to use own initiative.
Can multi-task and is happy to be challenged by a fast pace role with a high interruption level.
Have strong numerical skills, ability to work accurately with data
Experience of working with Outlook and Microsoft Excel - PhotoShop an advantage.
If you have a keen interest and preferably experience in buying/product development and looking for your next challenge, please get in touch today!