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Associate Buyer

Job title: Associate Buyer
Contract type: Full-time
Location: Anaheim
Discipline: Fashion
Remote: No
Reference: 412781
Contact name: Melissa Llanes
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Associate Buyer
Purpose: Assist the buyer in managing all aspects of the category businesses in order to drive results that meet or exceed the planned financial and qualitative objectives established for the fiscal period, support administrative needs of the business group. Assume full responsibility for a classification or classifications as assigned by the Buyer. Take data flow information and independently make recommendations on how to drive the business, take initiative to understand variance to plan and prior year, build partnerships that allow for open and timely communication and have confidence to speak in open forums and provide value added comments. Partner closely with eCommerce Buying team.

Core Accountabilities:
• Driving sales and margins through vendor communication, internal design and product development, presenting new strategies and opportunities for sales and profits for their classification
• Identifying key trends in the market place and translating the trends to our target consumer
• Assist in developing seasonal merchandising strategies and prioritize tasks to support market strategy
• Communicate departmental seasonal strategies to design and cross functional merchandising team to ensure they support long term departmental goals
• Rank styles based on historical and current product performance and identify redundancies in the product assortment
• Partner with planning team to develop balanced investment and inventory strategies
• Make recommendations for in season strategy changes as needed and communicate to cross functional team on a timely basis
• Purchase order management
- Ability to reconcile and report out receipts on a monthly basis and demonstrate financial responsibility for success of business
• Assist in executing business strategies, including product development, promotional strategies, and product presentation
• Sit in on vendors’ appointments and participate in Product Development and purchasing in the market as well as internally with products
• Prepare for meetings and projects with Business Analysts
• Performs other related duties as assigned

Education/Experience Required: The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities:
• Minimum of two years’ experience in buying office as an Assistant Buyer preferred
• Excellent knowledge of Word, familiar with Island Pacific and comfortable with Excel and Lotus.
• Must have strong communication skills, providing direction to private label, design and product development team and brands.
• Ability to move and react quickly to sell-through reports, working on both chase and pre-book calendars
• Must be task driven and pro-active when it comes to executing tasks
• Must be numerically strong and understand the relation of sales and inventory; perform analysis and derive trend/risk opportunities and must be proactive in identifying risks and opportunities. 

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