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Job title: Head Buyer

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: Internal - External

HOURS OF WORK: Full time 37.5 hrs/wk

JOB STATUS: Maternity Cover (expected duration 6 – 12 months)

SALARY PER ANNUM: £32,640 - £39,270 pa (dependent on experience), plus benefits

DIRECTORATE: Enterprises



The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is world renowned as a place of tranquil beauty, picturesque gardens and historic buildings with an emphasis on science, education and conservation. Kew Enterprises Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kew Gardens whose key objective is to maximise revenue through its commercial activities.

We currently have a vacancy within our Retail team for maternity cover of our Head Buyer role, based at Kew Gardens but with frequent visits to our sister site at Wakehurst Place.

This role has gift buying responsibility for three on-site shops at Kew, and one shop at Wakehurst Place, as well as management responsibility for the Buying Team, comprising of a Book Buyer and Horticultural Buyer. 

The role involves both product sourcing and product development, and is key to driving the strategic direction of our shops.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate sympathetic buying skills that are attuned to the overall brand, excellent analytic skills, and superior negotiation skills to help us reach our target margins.   You should have experience of line managing a team, and of setting up systems and processes to help facilitate smooth working across departments.  You will liaise with multiple stakeholders to help achieve our £2.5million turnover.

This is an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated, passionate buyer to work in an environment which encourages creativity and innovation, and the chance to make your mark on a retail experience.

We are looking for candidates who are ideally available to work from the beginning of September to allow for a handover period.

Benefits include 26 days holiday per year, a flexible benefits scheme, pension scheme and a funded health cash plan, as well as a great working environment.

CLOSING DATE: 12 July 2013 at 12pm

INTERVIEW DATE: 22 July 2013

How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

Job Description, Person Specification and Additional Information (Word)

2. Complete an Application Form and an Equality and Diversity Form.

3. Return your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form to Please be advised that we do not accept applications by post.  If you have a disability or a special need that requires support please contact us on 020 8332 3135.

Guidance for applicants (Word)

We will only contact those candidates selected for interview. Therefore if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, you should presume that you will not be called for interview. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on your application if you are not selected for an interview.

If you have any general queries please do not hesitate to call the recruitment team on 020 8332 3135.