I began working at Damart almost 3 years ago. Having completed my degree in design, I had just spent 2 years out travelling and was looking for my first job to begin my career.
I started as a Range Manager Assistant on the homewear and footwear department and last year I progressed to become the Assistant Buyer for household. I work closely with the Buyer and Merchandisers to help build a new and exciting range every season, that best fits our customer's needs. In order to do so, I keep a close eye on the rest of the market to spot any upcoming trends and maintain a close relationship with suppliers, so we are always one step ahead of the rest.
The role can be extremely varied, which is great. Whether it be organising samples for photography, selecting products for the catalogues, or negotiating prices with suppliers, there is never a quiet or dull day. One of my favourite aspects of the role is being able to pick the product firsthand. Having creative input from the initial designs, through all the stages, to seeing the final product that lands on our customers doorstep is very exciting!