Buying and Merchandising Recruitment Partner

London, England
£40000 - £45000 per annum + flexible benefits
14 Feb 2018
14 Mar 2018
Steven Lardis
Contract Type
Full Time

This London based role as a Buyer and Merchandising Recruiter for a multi-national British retail group is a mixed role, being both high-volume whilst also managing a small team and essentially being an account manager for their designated client group.

Client Details

Our client is a British born multi-national retail group with offices in over 30 different countries. Alongside that they incorporate a high-transaction online store and social media to ensure a global presence.


Working with this London headquartered retail group, the Buyer and Merchandising Recruiter will be:

  • Working closely with the company's clients to identify their requirements and help to fulfil their recruitment needs as quickly as possible
  • Acting as an Account Manager and main point of contact for designated client group
  • Partnering with Hiring Managers to understand their vacancies from a technical point of view and to ascertain their ideal candidate profile. Advising on recruitment processes and best practice, industry insights and when they may need to flex their expectations
  • Communicating with key internal stakeholders so that they are aware of all recruitment activity
  • Working with the Projects team to align job advertisements and recruitment packs ensuring they reflect the nature of the role, the working environment and help identify top talent internally and externally
  • Utilising internal database, advertising, cutting edge social sourcing, a variety of headhunting techniques and personal candidate networks to source top talent in B&M
  • Juggling multiple vacancies and prioritising business critical roles ensuring clear and transparent communication with candidates and Hiring Managers alike
  • Making commercial decisions on vacancy and candidate prioritisation across the Group to benefit business objectives
  • Elevating the candidate experience ensuring all screening interviews (whether face to face, Skype or telephone) are challenging yet invigorating and the candidate meets the business requirements
  • Understanding the B&M competitive landscape and talent pools; developing new and innovative ways of engaging and attracting this talent
  • Focused on hiring B&M talent directly where possible, delivering personal KPI and recruitment targets, reducing cost per hire, agency spend and reliance
  • Maintaining personal reporting and metrics to share with various internal stakeholders
  • Partnering with and maintaining relationships with PSL recruitment agencies where necessary, managing the end to end recruitment process and ensuring they understand our brand fit and business requirements
  • Providing feedback around the PSL relationships and contributing to annual reviews, also suggesting new agencies and attending pitches for potential new suppliers
  • Managing, developing and inspiring a Talent Acquisition Advisor and Coordinator ensuring their success
  • Playing an integral role to the overall success of the department supporting the Talent Acquisition strategy
  • Attend relevant industry and career events to network and develop insights and understanding into recruitment advancements


The successful Buyer and Merchandising Recruiter for this multi-national retail group with it's headquarters in London will have:

* Solid experience and passion for recruiting B&M talent with knowledge and intuition to identify top talent within this business segment
* A finger on the pulse of the B&M market and these candidate's motivations and drivers
* Multi-tasking prowess and ability to manage 15+ vacancies efficiently
* Skilled in social recruiting with expert sourcing techniques across a variety of channels
* A sense of urgency and pace with a proactive delivery focus
* Experience thriving in fast pace, high pressured environments
* Target driven yet able to balance this with offering unrivalled candidate experiences and stakeholder management and influencing skills
* Polished communicator and influencer with a team player attitude
* Ability to influence Hiring Managers and hiring decisions and advise recruitment best practice to deliver results
* Expertise in building strong relationships across multiple teams internally and externally
* Experience mentoring or managing junior team members, developing their skills and performance capabilities

Job Offer

A salary of £35,000 - £45,000 + flexible benefits

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