Buying & Merchandising

Recent decades have seen significant developments in areas such as global sourcing, greater supply chain co-ordination and the evolution of a wide range of ethical and corporate social responsibility issues. This has added significant complexity to head office functions such as buying, merchandising, marketing etc, and in increased skill sets and judgment required in head office roles in defining retailers unique proposition.

Our expertise means we can source the correct talent with the specific skill-set to deliver. In a competitive market place we understand the importance that every individual plays.

To discuss Buying & Merchandising jobs or to register a vacancy please contact:

Anastasia Joseph – Consultant

07500 845909

Anastasia joined Switch Consulting in 2015, bringing with her an abundance of luxury retail and e-commerce buying experience across the high street sector.  This background served to strengthen her keen interest in fashion, hone her understanding of retail dynamics, as well as gain invaluable insight into the ever-evolving environment of e-commerce. Here at Switch, she specialises in recruiting high-calibre, mid to executive level retail head office placements. She has a strong, focused network of Buying, Merchandising & E-commerce candidates across leading UK & International Retailers, successfully placing across both the UK and Europe.



The Fashion and Accessories retail sector is fiercely competitive and fast paced with an extraordinarily diverse range of retailers from global multinationals to small private business. Perhaps more so than any other area of retail, the fashion and accessories sector demands experienced, relevant and capable candidates. Our job is to find the best talent for you.

Recent roles have included:

  • Buying Director, London, niche fashion retailer
  • Head of Merchandising, South East, international accessories retailer
  • Buyer, London, multi-channel fashion retailer

Our clients partner with Switch Consulting due to our industry specific knowledge and enviable network of high calibre retail candidates. This coupled with our capability to deliver world-class service allows us to establish relationships that are long-term.

This diverse retail sector consists of clients from jewellers, charity shops, sports retailers, toys and games retailers, stationers and music and entertainment retailers. The value general merchandise sector is now also established as a strong player.

Recent roles have included:

  • Ecommerce Merchandiser, Home Counties, charity retailer
  • Marketing Manager, South East, leading retailer
  • Buying Manager, London, multi-channel retailer
  • Commercial Director, North West, non-food retailer
  • Loss Prevention Manager, UK wide, general retailer

At Switch Consulting we work hard to find the talent as well as the overall ‘fit’ that you need. With many years experience of placing commercial directors, buying and category managers, merchandisers and many other specialist roles, we have the network and insight to supply your needs whatever the sector and level you require both nationally and internationally.

Always evolving and changing fast, the next few years in this sector are set to see no let up and indeed will experience perhaps the most volatile and disruptive period yet witnessed. Converging technologies and consumer preferences have put high-tech retailers at the forefront of the new commercial battleground as the distinction of hardware manufacturer, software developers, retailers, etailers and global consumer markets competes to establish a new retail paradigm.

Recent roles have included:

  • Head of UK Training, South East, mobile phone retailer
  • Visual Merchandising Controller, UK wide, electrical retailer
  • Head of Store Design, Global, telecommunications retail
  • Marketing Manager, London, high tech sector
  • Senior Buyer Electricals, London, multi-channel retailer

This ever-evolving sector requires commensurate skills and experience that cannot be found sat on the shelf. Every role we undertake is geared towards understanding job needs and then searching the widest possible market to identify candidates with the exact skill sets our clients demand.

The mainstay of British retailing domestically and increasingly internationally. The move into wide ranging areas of clothing, non-food, banking and other service based offerings over recent decades have increased further the impact of the Food multiples on the retail landscape.

Recent roles have included:

  • Head of Retail Sales, North, wholesalers / retailer
  • Category Buyers, South East, supermarket
  • Head of Own-Brand, North, supermarket

There is no substitute for experience and large food multiples work hard to retain their good people. It takes ingenuity, guile, subtlety and time developing a network of contacts to be able to effectively source high quality talent in this sector. At Switch we have devoted many years in nurturing our contacts and relationships to enable us to deliver on even the toughest of assignments.

The DIY / Home / Gardening sector is now a mature sector dominated by a relatively few major players nationally. However on a regional and local level there is a very diverse range of retailers, many of which are rapidly growing, especially those with multi-channel business models. The Home Furnishings and Accessories sector is particularly diverse and fragmented with a vast range of target markets and customer propositions.

Recent roles have included:

  • Store Planning Manager, UK wide, SME Homewares retailer
  • Buying Controller, South East, national DIY chain
  • Head of Merchandising, London Multi-channel retailer

Our clients in this sector are very varied and each requires a specific type of talent and experience. Each role we undertake is bespoke and specifically designed to achieve the objectives of the recruitment assignment.

With an increase in the fashion optics sector and laser eye surgery, this profitable sector has bucked the recession and has grown steadily during recent years. The Cosmetic and Pharmacy sectors have also continued to grow in size. Competing for talent in these areas is as tough as competing for market share.

Recent roles have included:

  • Merchandiser, Scotland, optical retailer
  • Marketing Manager, London, cosmetics retailer

At Switch Consulting we work hard to find the talent as well as the overall ‘fit’ that is needed in this crucial area due to nature of the roles. Taking a proactive approach and adding tangible value to the recruitment process is an important part of the services we provide.

This is a huge and broad arena of the economy and one which has proved surprisingly robust and resilient to economic fluctuations. The ability to offer quality products and service to consumers is fundamental to success. In head office functions the skill and expertise to influence and manage the commercial levers of the business and to market the brand is of paramount importance.

Recent roles have included:

  • Category Buyer, South East, global brand
  • Marketing Brand Manager, North West, regional brewery business

Switch understands the increase in customer expectations, which in turn results in forward thinking businesses recognising the need to compete for the best candidates in the market place.