Rachael

Role: Senior Buyer – Ladieswear – Branded and Celebrities

Department: Buying and Merchandising

“It was fantastic to be recognised!”

How a trip to the Far East helped Rachael get close to our products …

“I’d completed a university placement at N Brown as an Assistant Buyer, so when I finished my degree I was pleased to come back as an Assistant Buyer on the Lingerie and Swimwear department. Since I came back in 2009, I’ve progressed quite quickly and have recently been promoted to Senior Buyer on Ladieswear, buying branded and celebrity ranges.

“I can remember vividly the first buying trip I took to the Far East as a trainee – I mirrored an experienced buyer and could see exactly how the trip worked, and how negotiations with suppliers could differ. I was also allowed time for factory visits, so I could understand how our products are produced from start to finish. That kind of experience was invaluable, and I’ve also attended a wide range of courses ­– all of which have played a key role in my development.

“It was a huge achievement for me to be put forward by my Manager and Director for the ‘Draper’s Top 30 under 30’ list – it was fantastic to be recognised externally, as well as within N Brown.

“I’d recommend N Brown to anyone – but you need a lot of drive and determination to succeed. You need to be passionate, love our products and be forward thinking. But if you are, you’ll be encouraged to be the best you can be.”