Head of Buying - Lookfantastic & Skinstore

The Hut Group

New York City, NY, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Buying/Merchandising
  • Post Date: 05/03/2021
  • Website: thg.com
  • Company Address: Voyager House, Chicago Avenue, Manchester, M90 3DQ

About The Hut Group

THG has grown from a start-up business to a global digital commerce group, fast becoming one of the world’s leading beauty and wellbeing online retail organisations.

Job Description

The Hut Group, THG is one of the world's largest and fastest growing online retailers. We have over a decade of experience building and growing brands in the Beauty and Wellness sectors in over 160 markets worldwide. Our in-house teams create brilliant digital brand experiences built on our bespoke proprietary technology platform, that is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world today. With a world-class business, a proprietary technology platform, and disruptive business model, our ambition is to be the global digital leader.

Our culture is fast-paced and ambitious - we like to move twice as fast, as others believe to be possible. This belief is a fundamental part of the DNA that has supported our incredible growth. Our people are our strength, and we have over 5,000 diverse, smart thinkers across the globe, who are encouraged to think creatively and empowered to turn their ideas into actions.

To support our ambitious growth, we are looking for commercially astute, ambitious individuals, that can bring fresh and innovative thinking to THG, and play a part in driving the Group forward on its truly exciting journey.

About the Division:

Lookfantastic is Europe’s No1 Online Destination for Premium Beauty. Our mission is to empower people globally to look and feel fantastic every day. To enable us to do this we have offices across the UK, Europe, America and Australia filled with passionate beauty fanatics who are committed to delivering rapid growth in this exciting industry. We work with over 800 of the world’s greatest beauty brands such as MAC, Kerastase, GHD, Tom Ford and YSL to bring our customers the widest offering of beauty products from around the globe. Passion, innovation and commitment are key characteristics in this ever-expanding team as we strive to become the World’s No1 Online.

About the Role:

The Head of Buying will oversee the buying team across the full portfolio of brands across our US websites LOOKFANTASTIC and SkinStore. will be responsible for relationship management across all beauty partners, maximizing sales and margins, developing the ranges and driving continual growth across the portfolio.


    Managing the portfolio of brands to maximize sales and margins, develop the categories and drive continued growth.
    P&L responsibility of the full portfolio of brands
    Stock management through pricing and promotion in partnership with Director of Planning
    Recruiting new and exciting Beauty brands
    Negotiate optimal terms with new and existing suppliers
    Review and evaluate the effectiveness of promotions and manage actions to implement
    Develop, implement, and deliver brand plans including range reviews, promotions and pricing ensuring consistency with commercial strategy
    Completing regular competitor analysis to ensure our ranges and prices are in line with the current market
    Take ownership of preparing, managing, and delivering the brand budgets.
    Work in synergy with the supply chain and merchandising team to manage the efficiency of our stock profile
    Build and execute alongside the buying team the best in class JBPs, focusing on metrics such as new customer acquisition, retention, AOV via means of sampling, GWPs, exclusive launches, regime bundling etc.
    Provide our brand partners with customer focused insight to cement our position as the ‘partner of choice’.
    Identify ways of growing profit through terms negotiation, funded promotional mechanics and commercializing marketing activity.
    Coaching and developing team members to reach their full potential within the business


    Sales Planning and Actuals
    Gross Margin Management
    Terms Movements and Marketing Investment
    Development of Direct Reports
    Category goals and productivity optimization


    Experienced Buyer or senior level Account Manager, ideally preferred within the beauty industry
    Strong track record of management and delivery
    Experience in managing and partnering with brands across the independent and corporate sectors
    Ability to coach and mentor junior members in the team, ensuring their professional development
    Strong negotiation and influencing skills
    Commercially focused


    Competitive pay
    Company bonus scheme
    Medical, dental, vision and commuter benefits
    401K, with 5% company matched
    Amazing employee discounts

Unfortunately, due to the high volumes of applications our opportunities attract, we are sometimes unable to respond to every application. If you haven't heard from us within 14 days of applying, please consider your application to have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

THGis an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination based on age, colour, gender, disability, national origin, race, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other protected class in accordance with applicable state, federal, and local laws. We are also committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible workplace.

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