Assistant Buyer, Branded Packaging

Location: Hanger Lane

Hours of Work: 9.30-5.30

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Assistant Buyer, Branded Packaging



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. 



We are looking for a Packaging Assistant Buyer to join our central Sourcing, Ethical and Packaging Team. 

This is a high profile, varied, and “customer facing” role, interacting with buying teams, from all areas of the business- Womens, Mens and Kidswear- and across all product ranges. 

You will be working with our nominated suppliers to ensure that the right Branded packaging and labels are available, in the right location and on time to support our product deliveries. 

This role would be an exciting opportunity for an experienced Assistant Buyer or Merchandiser, who is looking to broaden their experience, whilst utilising their existing skills. 

If you love the “end-to-end” buying process; you have a good understanding of the critical path; are confident with compiling forecasts, and managing orders; are organised and yet approachable; enjoy problem solving, and identifying improved ways of working…this could be the job for you.              


Market Knowledge

  • Have a good understanding of our brand and customer, across all product areas
  • Visit our stores regularly to review product, packaging and branding to check quality and standards
  • Understand the product development and order processes; and critical path
  • Understand product and packaging lead times


Supply Management

  • First point of contact for nominated packaging supplier queries, and packaging order process
  • Support packaging Buyer to ensure stock is available in required location, and on time
  • Manage departmental Packaging Forecasts and Orders; Packaging supplier invoicing; and obsolete stocks
  • Support Sourcing and Packaging team business objectives and projects (including Sustainability; product engineering; RFID ..)
  • Support the development of “close to needlepoint” supply in new strategic sourcing locations


 Buying Support and information

  • Deal with day- to- day queries from the buying and merchandising teams: seek to resolve, or escalate any issues with the Packaging and Sourcing team
  • Build strong relationships with the Shipping; Legal; Accounts; Technical and other River Island teams
  • Manage all Packaging content on River Island shared drive and ensure it is up-to-date; accurate; informative and accessible (eg: catalogue/price list; Packaging Stock Report; packaging process and User Guides).
  • Seek to continually improve the efficiency of Packaging team support, and presentation of information, to the buying teams and suppliers
  • Presentations and Branded Packaging Training for new joiners, and to support the roll out of business       initiatives


Methods of Working and Behaviours

  • Sense of ambition: Passionate about our brand and always looking for opportunities to expand and grow our business. Has a personal level of ambition that matches this.
  • Reliable: Able to take responsibility for decisions, and can be trusted to get things done
  • Keep learning and inspire others: Learn new ways to improve own performance and contribution to the business, and help others to achieve higher standards too
  • Work as a team to get the job done: Quick to look for ways to help and support colleagues (and suppliers) and pro-active and positive
  • Up for a challenge: Flexible to changing circumstances; Enjoy being busy and know how to manage this.


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

  • 50% staff discount
  • Bonus
  • Pension scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Ride to work scheme
  • On-site gym
  • On-site staff shop
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Free onsite parking
  • Giver Island


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