Buyer Garden Furniture, Outdoor Living and Seasonal Products

Posted: 16 May 2024
Location: Wattlington, Oxfordshire
Company: Garden Trends
Salary: £30 - 40k

You will lead the sourcing and procurement of garden furniture, leisure accessories and Christmas/seasonal product.

Reporting directly to the Managing Director, you’ll be working in a safe but fast paced environment, playing a significant role in product selection, development, negotiation and procurement.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of sourcing high-quality, products directly from international factories and managing the end-to-end buying process. You will work out of our Head Office in Watlington, North of Henley, Oxfordshire, although we would consider a hybrid role for the right candidate.


  • Selecting new products and reviewing the current range of garden furniture and seasonal products suitable for our target market.
  • Forecasting upcoming demand and managing inventory levels to ensure we have sufficient stock for the required demand.
  • Budgeting and forecasting and working to a budget
  • Source products directly from international factories, current and developing new relationships with suppliers both nationally and internationally
  • Negotiating competitive prices, quantities, and delivery time-scales to ensure optimal profit margins
  • Collaborate with creative and marketing teams to develop product content, descriptions, photography, and promotional strategies

The above is a broad definition of the job responsibilities. It does not take into account every aspect of the job because of the areas of flexibility, which the job holder may be required to perform.

This is a full time permanent role, although we would consider part time (4 day week) for the right candidate. The role will include some national and international travel.

The Individual:

  • 3+ years of experience as a retail buyer in outdoor living and or seasonal buying.
  • Proficient knowledge of market research, data analysis, and purchasing best practices
  • Proven experience of working with suppliers from the Far East and UK
  • Strong analytical mindset
  • Outstanding organisational skills
  • Flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly organised
  • Self-motivated with a 'can do’ attitude
  • Hardworking and able to work to set deadlines
  • Professional, positive, organised and enthusiastic approach
  • Able to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience inventory management systems and e-commerce platforms.