Buyer (women's young contemporary)

Job title: Buyer (women's young contemporary)
Contract type: Full-time
Location: Irvine
Remote: No
Reference: 427102
Contact name: Lauren Cervantes
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Leading surf / skate brand in OC is looking to bring a Buyer onto their women's young contemporary team!

Hybrid role – x2 a week onsite



  • Responsible for meeting planned sales, margin and inventory turnover goals, and for their designated areas.
  • Develop and instill focused merchandise assortment strategies and inventory management.
  • Must have brand development and product development skillset
  • Supervise, coach and develop Assistant Buyer, and Administrative Assistant (with a fully developed department).
  • Partners with Allocation, Marketing, and Visual teams to ensure correct execution of assortments in store.
  • Monitors performance versus plan to identify trend opportunities.
  • Manages all aspects of the merchandise offering-selection, negotiation, promotion, and disposition.
  • Develops customer driven assortments that support departmental goals and key item focus.
  • Provides collaborative guidance, direction and support to the planning organization in the development of financial merchandise and key item plans.
  • Ensures the merchandise selection matches customer needs.
  • Ensures merchandise mix balances quantity, style, size and price consistent with the company and individual market requirements.
  • Attend relevant trade shows, markets and events to observe market trends, gather product information, selects merchandise, and establishes business relationships with viable vendors.
  • Visits stores to evaluate merchandise mix, observes competition, weighs individual store needs and translate findings into executable product plans.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with vendors.
  • Maintains company’s standards and code of ethics both inside the organization and when dealing with outside vendors
  • Partners with the Planner to complete accurate forecasts by evaluating financial information, current trends and anticipated market changes that impact buy decisions and strategies.
  • Ensures promotional execution accuracy (pricing, signage, etc.)



  • Proficient in the use of Excel and MS Word.
  • Strong merchandising, product, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership and decision making skills.
  • Retail math literacy and application of concepts to daily operations.
  • Detail oriented and organized.
  • Must be able to communicate in a professional manner and respond with timeliness.
  • Resourceful and able to research problems and recommend solutions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Trend and fashion awareness with ability to understand current trends, competition and market.
  • Ability to reprioritize projects frequently.
  • Independent, self-motivated, team player.
  • Able to effectively communicate with all levels of staff and management.
  • 1-2 years of experience in Product Development/ Private Label



  • 2 years minimum of retail Buying experience in department store or specialty store chain required.
  • 1-2 years of experience in Product Development/Private label.
  • High School Diploma required.
  • Bachelors Degree from a four year college or university preferred; or four years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


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