Head of Trading - International

hr inspire Ltd
£80,000 per annum
01 Aug 2017
26 Aug 2017
Hair & Beauty
Contract Type
Full Time

Based: Midlands with European travel

Salary: Basic salary of £80,000 per annum + strong benefits package

Our client is an international retailer operating a number of successful brands, leading to a newly created role of Head of Trading. We seek a deeply experienced leader with an international trading background to join them on their upward journey to huge expansion in new and existing territories across Europe.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an established business that has ambitious plans for the future, where you will be able to make a significant contribution.

To be considered you must be fully mobile as the successful and effective performance of the role requires frequent European travel.

If you are looking for the chance to join a progressive organisation at a truly exciting time, have the desire to travel the world and excel whilst leading as the Head of Trading, this is a rare opportunity not to be missed.


As Head of Trading you will be responsible for leading the European buying co-ordination effort with the accountability to create a powerful trading strategy and maximise the flow of products supplied from other parts of the group, as well as to ensure that locally sourced product is procured in line with the developed trading strategy.

Duties include:

  • Co-ordinate the buying strategy and execution for all markets
  • Responsible for co-ordinating, and liaising with the group wide trading teams to maximise fit for purpose product flow into International markets
  • To remain in tune with market demands and needs, ensuring the right products are stocked at the right time, and for the right price
  • Ensure positive sales performance through best in class buying and ranging, and through best practice sharing by market
  • Ensuring that local compliance is achieved in conjunction with quality assurance
  • Manage product and store stock cover in line with agreed monthly Key Performance Indicators, driving local teams to manage tail lines, and maximise throughput of key sellers
  • Complete regular market visits and demonstrate understanding of local issues, whilst identifying synergies that allow the company to prosper
  • Maintain full and working knowledge of the product, supply chain, competitor and market frames of reference to maximise the performance of the brand

Skills and experience required

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience within a Head of Trading / Head of Buying role
  • Previous experience gained within an international multisite brand
  • A FMCG background and experience with buying a breadth and extensive range of products.
  • An effective line manager and strong influential leader with the ability to lead by example and introduce and manage significant change
  • A high degree of adaptability when liaising with a diverse collection of suppliers and buying sources
  • Resilient, focused and pro-active personality with the ability to tactfully challenge and build rapport with existing suppliers in the upmost professional way
  • The ability to create strategy, achieve set goals and present results to the board

If you feel you have what it takes to join this progressive retail giant as the new Head of Trading, please get in touch.

A detailed covering letter is an essential requirement as part of your application for this role.

hr inspire Ltd is an equal opportunities business consultancy and employment agency that is serious about its compliance with legislation. hr inspire Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this role.

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