Assistant Buyer/Visual Merchandiser

Buying & Merchandising
To provide maternity cover, we are currently looking for someone looking to progress their career in Buying and Visual Merchandising.

To provide maternity cover, we are currently looking for someone looking to progress their career in Buying and Visual Merchandising.  The ideal candidate will have accumulated some previous work experience within both of these functions and be welcome to bring their perspective to the business.

This role gives you a brilliant exposure into an established luxury brand in a family owned 227 year old business with product all made in Scotland.

Working in a friendly open office environment, you will report directly to the Merchandising Manager.

Helping to successfully launch and trade the Johnstons of Elgin branded seasonal ranges by reviewing trends & competitors, analysing reports, range building, coordinating product training packs, contributing at trading meetings and reviewing customer feedback.

This is a temporary position to last approximately 12 months, working 39 hours a week Monday to Friday on site in Elgin. Salary is starting from £26,000 per annum, dependent on experience.

A relocation package may be available for the right candidate.

About the Role

Your main responsibilities will be in - 


  • Helping to coordinate and successfully launch and trade through the Johnstons of Elgin branded seasonal ranges
  • Reviewing trends for opportunities/risk & competitor activities
  • Analysing reports and take action from KPIs
  • Range build future collections working with Brand Merchandiser and Buying/Merchandising Team
  • Help compile and coordinate product training packs/training days
  • Reviewing customer and store feedback
  • Contributing at weekly Retail Trading Meetings

Visual Merchandising

  • Work on the InDesign package for VM tasks
  • Manage samples for photoshoots
  • Set up product stories from cads on the wall
  • Create layouts of product stories on sample rails
  • Undertake store visits to set up new windows
  • Coordinate POS requests

About You

  • Experience in a similar role within a fashion environment
  • Organised and proactive approach to working
  • Have a creative eye
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, particularly Excel and Outlook
  • Hold a keen interest in the luxury fashion industry
  • Experience using In-Design would be desirable but is not essential as training will be provided

Don’t meet every requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single requirement or qualification. At Johnstons of Elgin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but think your experience doesn’t align perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

About Us

Founded in 1797, Johnstons of Elgin is an innovative, luxury clothing brand celebrating 225 years of experience in working with the world’s finest fibres. Across three centuries, our family-owned company has carefully sources cashmere and fine woollen fibres from around the world, applying the latest technology and highest quality craft expertise in our very own vertical Scottish mills. Employing over 1,000 staff, our valued employees and communities are at the heart of everything we do, producing unique, high-quality designs that are made to last. Our brand is focused on sustainability, working with natural, renewable, and biodegradable fibres and we are committed to maintaining a minimal environmental footprint.

Johnstons of Elgin is proud to be an equal opportunity employer wholeheartedly supporting the principles of equality and diversity to build an inclusive workforce. Our aim is to embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do to create an environment where our employees feel safe to be their whole authentic self without having to downplay or change parts of their identity. We celebrate diversity in all its forms, which goes beyond those characteristics protected by law to include everything that makes us unique, from our backgrounds and experiences to our personalities and ways of thinking.

We endeavour to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and encourage any candidate who requires assistance to contact us at

Please note all applicants must be able to provide evidence of their right to remain and take up paid employment in country job is based.

Closing date Friday 24th May 2024

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