Category Buyer - Women's Sport & Lifestyle at THE ICONIC

Buying, Sydney sydney
Posted 6 days ago

Since 2011, THE ICONIC has redefined the future of retail in Australia and New Zealand. As the #1 fashion e-commerce & lifestyle destination in the region, our e-commerce platforms provide an inspiring and seamless end-to-end customer experience through our own technology innovations. 

THE ICONIC Commercial team is data, product and trend orientated. Our Commercial team is customer obsessed and delivers the future of fashion through curating a customer centric platform of choice. The Category Buying team work together with the Planning team to drive sales, maximise profit, manage intake and ensure that of the moment and forward-thinking ranges engage THE ICONIC customer.

Join Our Team as a Sports & Lifestyle Category Buyer - Womenswear!

Are you passionate about lifestyle and sports? Do you have a knack for identifying trends and driving category growth? We're looking for a dynamic and experienced Category Buyer to join our team and take our lifestyle and sports categories to the next level.

As the Category Buyer you will report to the Senior Category Buyer. You will support the department strategy, vision and budget planning. You will support the Category to achieve the sales growth within your category in alignment with THE ICONIC’s commercial strategy. This role is essential in driving the conception and development of all product in your allocated category by always driving innovation & creativity.

About the role:

  • You understand and drive company wide strategies and OKR’s. 
  • Conducting market research, you will stay up to date with latest trends and products in the e-commerce industry and make recommendations on product and/or brand selection for THE ICONIC.
  • You will monitor the inventory levels to maintain adequate stock levels.
  • You evaluate vendor performance and assist in the selection and deactivation and/or exit process.
  • You are able to negotiate favourable terms and conditions for contracts for both commission based (Platform) and OTB based (Wholesale) vendors whilst delivering the best customer facing assortment in the market.
  • You will ensure compliance with company policies and procedures and industry regulations.
  • Identify emerging trends and source new products that resonate with our customers.
  • Maintaining accurate records of vendor details including not limited to: Brand Plans, SKU lists, department brand profile matrix
  • Using clear customer focus you identify opportunities for improvements for the customer onsite experience.
  • You are able to analyse data, interpret trends and propose informed decisions based on data.
  • You have strong analytical skills enabling you to identify cost savings opportunities and propose effective procurement and platform strategies.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with suppliers, you are able to work collaboratively with vendors to achieve mutual goals and foster long-term partnerships.
  • Liaising onboarding for vendors with internal teams and maintaining ongoing support.
  • You work collaboratively with agreed key brands on building assortment.
  • Managing inefficient and unproductive brands to propose informed strategies.
  • You have attention to detail, particularly with contract terms and conditions. You are able to read and understand complex contracts and ensure all terms and conditions are met.
  • You proactively collaborate with marketing to identify both GTM and promotional opportunities for your category to drive sales.
  • You develop and implement strategic road maps according to commercial strategies, brand adjacencies and customer segment demographics.
  • You develop relationships with internal key stakeholders such as Marketing, Vendor Management, Operations and Finance.
  • A clear and effective communicator in a concise manner.
  • You are able to provide guidance and mentoring to junior team members.
  • Adaptability to changes in the market and industry, being open to learning new skills and approaches.
  • You will undertake any other duties as reasonably required by management

About You...

  • Ideally you will have previous experience as a Buyer working in high volume business
  • Strong negotiation and vendor management skills
  • Skilled in Excel reporting (including pivot tables and v-look ups)
  • Strong communication skills with a great eye for detail
  • Excellent time management skills
  • A strong team player who embodies our ICONIC Principles
  • A love for all things women's Sports & Lifestyle


From our ways of working to our growth mindset and sustainable approach, we each add unique value and have an incredible amount of fun doing it! People are our greatest asset and our ICONITE experience is designed to empower you to do your best work. Here’s what to expect when you join THE ICONIC:

  • Flexible working. We offer a hybrid and flexible working model so you can do your best work in a way that works for you
  • The learning  collective. Get your knowledge fix with our learning days and hackathons 
  • Parents at THE ICONIC. Access to our parental leave program and an extra day off for your kids' first day of school every year 
  • Birthday leave. Enjoy a paid day off for your birthday and an ICONIC voucher to treat yourself
  • Curate your style. No matter what your style is, we have got you covered with our Amazing staff discount and our famous sample sales
  • Wellbeing. Access to our discounted gym memberships and wellbeing programs
  • People  first. Access to our Employee Assistance Program for you and your family
  • Volunteer days. Work as a Charity Partner with Thread Together for society and environmental change.
  • Furry friend. We are a dog friendly office for anyone who wants to bring their fur baby to work.
  • Refer a friend. Enjoy a $4,000 referral reward for successfully referring someone to THE ICONIC!

Additional Information

We are committed to providing reasonable arrangements to all individuals participating in our application and interview process, and while performing job functions. If you require any accommodations or adjustments prior to the submission of your application or throughout your interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition team directly: [email protected]

Ready to make an impact in the lifestyle and sports categories? Apply now and join us in shaping the future of our brand!