STAFF PROFILES: EziBuy Category Product Developer, Noemie answers all our hard-hitting questions about what she gets up to each day, perks of working at EziBuy, the best advice she’s been given and the skills needed to work in the fashion industry.
Thanks Noemie for taking part in our Staff Profiles. What do you do at EziBuy? What’s your job title and department?
I work within the Merchandising team as a category product developer. I look after Lingerie, Shapewear, Sleepwear, Activewear, Accessories as well as dealing with international brands in Womenswear.
What is a typical day like for you? Who do you deal with?
First thing I look at in the morning are the sales performance from the day before, what has been the most popular item, do we need to replenish the stock, is there anything going wrong and monitoring returns. Figures always tell a story that needs to be interpreted and I try and look at those stories. After that most of my time is divided with other people: fit meetings with garment technician, product selection and negotiations with local and international suppliers, and developing products alongside with the buyer.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
I once read that ‘NO’ means New Opportunity.
What is the best advice you’d give someone, particularly those who are starting out their career in fashion?
Fashion is Business and being creative is not good enough. Having an understanding of business metrics is paramount to succeed!
Can you name one of your most transformative business experiences, and what you learned from that?
I went out of my comfort zone when I moved from France to New Zealand 4 years ago. I literally had to start my career from scratch again. I learned that good things takes time and that there is no shortcut to anywhere worth going.
List 3 skills you need in your position
– Being able to adjust to different situation and people
– Being a great communicator
– Having a commercial sense
Are there any perks to working at EziBuy?
Many, many perks!
What do you enjoy the most about working at EziBuy?
The challenges that it brings on a day to day basis – seeing what you have produced in stores and online, some products that you have developed that are becoming best sellers.. it’s a great feeling.
Tell us about your wardrobe. What is your favorite items to go from a business meeting to after work drinks in town?
I’m quite minimalist so I tend to stick to a nice pair of white pants, a black top… and a red lipstick of course.
What are you lusting over at the moment from our collection?
The Zambezi faux fur throw in chocolate for the cosy nights at home watching tv on the couch.
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