Patch is hiring a

Buyer (3 month FTC)

London, United Kingdom

Patch is a modern plant shop, for modern plant people. Patch helps you discover the best plants for your space, delivers them to your door and helps you look after them.

Having attracted over 175,000 customers with a 4.8/5 rating on Trustpilot and 200,000 plant fans on Instagram, we were recently voted 28th in StartUps 100 2020 and raised over £7m in venture funding to scale rapidly across the UK and Western Europe.

As more of us choose to live in big towns and cities, we’re leading busy, stressful lives and our need for nature is growing. We believe that by bringing plants into your home or workplace, life becomes much calmer, healthier and more joyful.

There’s a perception that plants are hard work; it’s a mission to find places that deliver plants, it’s difficult to choose the right plants for your space and it’s a pain to look after them - but it doesn't have to be this way.


What’s the opportunity?

We’re looking for a Buyer to join our Retail team at Patch to lead our outdoor proposition for Spring 2021, a real area for growth at Patch. You will be responsible for building a range of plants, pots and accessories that our customers love and delivers our key commercial metrics. You’ll be able to hit the ground running and take ownership of the outdoor product category from day one. You will thrive working in a fast paced environment with an eye for product and a passion for plants. This is a great opportunity to join a growing team with scope to move to a permanent role.


What will the job involve?

  • Defining our outdoor product strategy and critical path for launch
  • Understanding of the outdoor market and what our product proposition should look like to serve our customers
  • Working closely with the merchandising team to analyse sales data and feed into range decisions
  • Creating commercially successful ranges across all outdoor products including plants, pots and accessories
  • Building a strong supply base of growers in Holland for plants and across Europe for ancillary ranges, maintaining relationships and negotiating costs to deliver on margin targets
  • Liasing with other teams in the business e.g. marketing and strategy to drive the proposition

Requirements

What experience, skills and traits do I need?

  • 4-6 years of previous buying experience
  • Experience of owning product categories and developing ranges with successful outcomes
  • Own-brand buying experience
  • Experience in buying horticulture/and or homeware categories
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strategic and logical thinker
  • Highly organised and able to manage multiple priorities
  • You are energetic, hardworking and thrive in a collaborative and fast-paced environment
  • A passion for product
  • Willingness to get stuck in & take ownership from the get go
  • Strong communication skills & ability to present ideas in a clear and concise manner across the business

Nice to have:

  • Dutch speaking (candidate can be based in Holland)
  • Previous experience working in a startup
  • Previous experience working in e-commerce

Benefits

Patch offers a number of team-wide benefits and perks but if there’s something that’s important to you that’s not on this list, let us know.

  • An opportunity to bring online one of the world’s last remaining offline industries
  • Highly competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday allowance pro-rated
  • Generous plant allowance to help you bring your own home to life
  • Regular team socials
  • Weekly breakfast meetings
  • Drinks on a Friday afternoon to celebrate the week
  • Flexible working arrangements, as long as the work gets done
  • Coaching/mentoring budget to help you with your development
  • You will work from home initially and then be based at our London office - Patch HQ, a beautiful and unique building, just a moment’s walk from Queenstown Road train station (one stop from Victoria, Waterloo and Clapham Junction). As you’d expect, it’s bursting with plants.


Equal Opportunities

Patch is an equal opportunities employer which fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion amongst our staff and partners. We welcome applications from all backgrounds as we continue to grow the business and will give full and fair consideration to all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.