Retail Buying Manager

Grade D

Salary Range: £35,090 - £39,680 per annum, Inclusive of London Weighting

Permanent , Full time  

The Barbican, Europe’s leading Arts and Conference Centre, presents an unparalleled variety of performing and visual arts of world class calibre, as well as hosting extensive commercial activity.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented individual to join our in-house retail operation at the Barbican as Retail Buying Manager.
Reporting to the Head of Retail, you will plan, buy and develop product for all Barbican retail outlets. You will be required to reflect the unique architecture of our building and the diverse Barbican arts programme.  Alongside this, you will consider the varied needs of our audiences to create a retail offer worthy of the Barbican brand.

Working to support the Retail strategy, you will build relationships with suppliers, negotiate the best possible prices and identify external designers for collaboration; to establish and build on positioning Barbican Retail as a design label and destination shop.

You will line manage and oversee the Retail Merchandiser, ensuring training and development opportunities are explored.

The successful candidate will have previous buying experience and in developing own brand product. You will be able to cope well with a busy and pressurised environment, coupled with the ability to work collaboratively with Barbican artforms and external stakeholders.  You will be confident with stock management and sales analysis, and have a creative flair. Demonstrable experience of computer based retail systems is also essential. Your flexible approach and creativity will ensure that whatever is thrown at you is always dealt with in the best way possible.

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Closing date: Friday 3rd April

Late applications will not be accepted.


To apply online please visit Alternatively, please contact the Corporate Recruitment Unit on 020 7332 3978 (24hr answerphone) quoting reference BC863. A minicom service for the hearing impaired is available on 020 7332 3732.


The Barbican is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all members of the community.