Sahar K buys knitware for the Evans brand. As a girl she would pretend to sit on a plane and go on a business trip. She also liked fashion programmes on TV, and wondered who the people were who were watching the catwalks. A career advisor told her that people actually do travel round the world buying clothes for shops - "As a girl, it was just the most fascinating thing ever."
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Buyers and procurement officers organise and undertake the buying of raw materials, equipment and merchandise from manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and other sources for wholesale distribution, resale or for own internal use.
There are no formal academic requirements although some employers expect A levels/H grades, BTEC/SQA awards or degrees. Employers may ask for specific experience for a particular role. Professional qualifications and NVQs/SVQs in Procurement at Levels 2, 3 and 4 are available.
- Attends trade fairs, shows and demonstrations to research new product lines and suppliers, checks catalogues
- Keeps up with market trends and chooses products/services
- Assesses budgetary limitations and customer requirements and decides on quantity, type, range and quality of goods or services to be bought
- Assesses bids from suppliers, finds suppliers and negotiates prices
- Helps negotiate contract with supplier and specifies details of goods or services required
- Looks at ways to improve supply networks, presents new ideas to senior management team
- Ensures that delivered items comply with order, monitors quality of incoming goods and returns unsatisfactory or faulty items, monitors performance and makes sure targets are met
- Supervises clerical, administrative and warehouse distribution staff, deals with recruitment and training
- Works closely with merchandisers who allocate stock and develop sales forecasts
- Maintains records and prepares reports as necessary.
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Product, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.
Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, BTEC/SQA award, degree and or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Fashion Design and Design are available at Level 2, as are apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3.
- Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product
- Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts
- Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products
- Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client
- Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations
- Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product
- Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
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