Buyer (Beauty)

Land Based Jobs
Competitive salary plus company benefits
June 24, 2022

Ships are sailing, we are selling… the Buying team is recruiting!

With continued growth plans, including winning more cruise ships, we are recruiting for a Buyer for the Beauty category.

Are you a proven Retail Buyer, ideally with experience of the Beauty category?

Do you thrive in a fast paced role, working with high end and luxury brands?

Can you manage the category strategy, negotiating effectively with vendors, whilst working closely with your Merchandiser?

If you have a passion for Beauty and all things cosmetics/fragrance, then this could be the perfect role for you!

About us:

Harding is leading the way in innovative onboard cruise retailing, adopting a Trinity Partnership approach with our cruise line partners and brand partners to excite and entice customers with unique shopping experiences.  We stay at the cutting edge of retailing; consistently providing outstanding customer service and winning global retail awards.  Based in Avonmouth, Harding operate a hybrid working model.

About the role:

This role has been created through internal promotion.  Reporting to the Category Manager, the role will manage the Beauty category through market research, range selection, assortment planning, brand sourcing, and supplier relationships.  The Buyer will represent the category and the company by maintaining positive relationships with suppliers whilst negotiating terms and pricing.

Key areas of responsibility include:

Vendor management – end to end management including sourcing new suppliers and negotiation
Range management – full management by cruise line/ship, working closely with merchandising and suppliers to review accordingly, as well as global promotional programmes

The role will work cross functionally across Harding, specifically with Merchandising, Marketing, Operations and Visual Merchandising to ensure product supply, stock, promotions and positioning of product on board.

About you:

  • Proven Retail Buying experience preferably within Beauty / Cosmetics / Fragrance
  • Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills, with high attention to detail
  • Good presentation and face to face communication ability required, with proven negotiation skills
  • Adaptable attitude towards change, opportunities and project management as required
  • Strong IT skills including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Structured planning, organisation and time management skills
  • A team player who relishes the opportunity of working within an entrepreneurial environment and delivering results against challenging targets
  • Must have an existing right of eligibility to work in the UK

Harding is an equal opportunities employer.  We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success.  We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills.  We value your passion to discover, invent, simplify and build.  Protecting your privacy and the security of your data is a longstanding top priority for Harding.

Language Requirements

Good knowledge of the English language is required.

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Our vision is to be the global leader in on board retailing and services, based on solid commercial performance and partnerships. This will be achieved by delighting customers with a world class shopping experience that offers relevant brands, great service and innovative customer experiences.

Always with a Trinity Partnership approach between ourselves, cruise line partners and brand partners, we create exhilarating shopping experiences.

It’s this special approach that has helped us to secure contracts with over 22 cruise brand partners across the globe, including more than 62 cruise ships and creating 250 forward-thinking retail shops.


Cruise ship retail jobs give you the chance to build an exciting career and see the world at the same time. We are always looking out for passionate, talented people to join the onboard teams as sales assistants, product sales specialists or as part of the retail management team.

At Harding we recruit all year round! We are always keen to hear from the talent of tomorrow. It is a straightforward and easy application process, so please apply online today.

If successful at vetting, we will invite you to a telephone or video interview. Once you have passed this stage, we will invite you to attend one of our group assessment centres held around the UK or online.

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