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Job Openings at A.S. Watson International Buying Europe - Zurich

Dear all,

Please apply by e-mail in English with CV. Only apply if you meet the
requirements and are willing to work full time in an English
speaking, International environment.

As one of the world's leading retail companies, operate in 36
markets, employ 98.000 people, operate 19 brands with 7,700 stores
globally serving 26 million customers every week.

A.S. Watson aims to provide an experience of great value, best
quality, convenience, new product offerings and an exciting shopping
environment. Our European subsidiaries are undergoing a massive
expansion program to expand our chain across the region. We are
looking for specialists in international retailing who are interested
in a fast-track career with one of the world's leading retailers.

International Buying Europe has been established in Zurich,
Switzerland since the beginning of 2006. This has opened up a number
of key dynamic opportunities in both junior and senior levels across
areas such as Branded Goods and Private Label.

Branded Goods - Senior Buyer
You have between 5 and 10 years commercial experience in retail
Buying & Merchandising. You have worked several years as a category
manager and you are an experienced negotiator with some of the top
branded goods companies in Food and/or Health & Beauty. You will be
responsible for the further development of the partnership agreements
between A.S. Watson and its key branded goods suppliers. You are
responsible for the negotiations of the International (European and
Global) partnership agreements. You manage the projects and
activities that are a result of this. You communicate with the
European CEO's and/or European Sales Directors of theses branded
goods suppliers and are in regular contact with the Buying Directors
of the A.S. Watson Busines Units.

Branded Goods - Assistant Buyer + Administrator
You will support the international buying team with all (mostly)
administrative activities and manage special projects. You have a
credible, communicative and proactive personality with experience in
administrative work. Knowledge of product groups is an asset , as is
experience in the retail sector. You will have the following
responsibilities: preparation of negotiation packs for branded goods,
monitoring and reporting, managing invoicing of suppliers, contract
database, pro-actively supporting the buying team and successfully
executing special projects under guidance of the buying team.

Private Label - Experienced Buyer + Junior Buyer
You are responsible for the buying of several key categories. Close
cooperation with the European Business Units. You are responsible for
the complete buying process, from product sourcing/development,
negotiation through to order completion.
Junior Buyer 2-3 years experience
Buyer 3-5 years experience

Overal Job requirements
We are looking for talents who are innovative and pro-active,
committed and decisive, confident in all international cultures and
have strong negotiation background with indirect influencing skills.
You have at least a higher vocational education level of working and
thinking. Experience in retail business is a must. Your commercial
qualities and communication skills are demonstrably above average.
You are fluent in English and preferably in a second language such as
German or French. You are willing to settle in Zurich. Team players
who enjoy the hands-on aspect in addition to the overall business
side are the winners in our group.

We offer
We offer you a challenging and interesting fulltime position in an
international, successful and fast-growing company. A corporate
culture which is best described as entrepreneurial, independent,
responsible, result-driven and informal. Interesting (international)
career opportunities and an attractive remuneration package.

Best Regards

Ben Nordemann
Director International Buying Europe

A.S. Watson (Europe) Group AG

Gartenstrasse 16
CH-8002 Zurich

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