Assistant Buyer – Dallas, TX

The Primary function is sourcing product, pricing product, determining assortment groups, forecasting order quantities, determining shelf-stock quantities, planning open-to-buy requirements and participating in competitive shops. The Assistant Buyer position will basically be a buyer in training for future advancement. Categories will normally be lower sales volume compared to buyers’ classifications.

1. Overall direction and maintenance of respective merchandise category. Work with the buyer in their CMT, to learn the elements of merchandising as it applies to their position. Be jointly accountable for the success of their specific merchandise category with regards to sales, inventory levels & gross margin goals, which are established by Management. (20%)

2. Determining catalog SKU selection, new merchandise programs, sales trends, and assortments which lead to sales growth and overall productivity in their area. Responsible for open to buy and contribute to reviewing their business as required. Review with Buyers/Director, vendor product lines. Merchandise items for catalog selection, which are innovative and competitive within the marketplace. Negotiate product qualities, costs, terms, delivery dates. (20%)

3. Establish retail prices in line with margin requirements. Identify sales trends; develop new product designs for testing and assortment opportunities. Travel markets to review our assortments as well as competition have to ascertain opportunities and advantages. (20%)

4. Work with Planners and Inventory Analysts to set program parameters (i.e. product attributes assortment size, targeted inventory and turn levels, open-to-buy requirements). Monitor and co-develop forecasted sales quantities for catalogs and programs in conjunction with the Inventory Analyst and Buyer. Includes development of recommended shelf stock levels. (20%)

5. Work with Impact team and Director to effectively develop a comprehensive analysis of their merchandise category. Assist in coordinating all product needs with the e-commerce department. (20%)

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