Associate Buyer
Location:
Phoenix , Arizona
Posted:
November 18, 2017
Reference:
MR-17-5760
Job Responsibilities

Responsible for setting the merchandise strategy for a category including assortment selection, pricing, promotions and develops the line plan. Drives vendor selection and negotiation of product purchase, terms and ongoing relationship. Stays abreast of market and competitor trends.
  • Purchases and manages the merchandise selection to maximize sales and margin and contribute to the business and financial goals of the merchandising group.
  • Manages product assortment and product specifications in assigned area in order to identify and address opportunities within the business and the market to maximize sales and margin opportunities.
  • Negotiates product costs, terms and shipping/returns issues.
  • Act as liaison between merchandising, distribution center and stores in an effort to track shipments and floor purchase orders.
  • Develops and manages vendor relationships in order to ensure the best prices, products and shipments.
  • Identifies items to maximize promotional and marketing strategies to meet sales and margin goals.
  • Provides input to the other merchandising functions to determine the products lifecycle, exit strategy and inventory aging standards within the assigned area.
  • Assists with the development of business plans that maximize sales, margin dollars, and margin percentage, based upon current business trends and additional internal business and external market factors.
  • Participates in recommending, setting and approving product pricing strategies to achieve specific margin objectives, execute exit strategies and recommend appropriate markdowns.
  • Works with other merchandising departments in managing the performance of the product lines through sales, promotion cost, markdowns, inventory, product quality, and selling costs.

Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Merchandising Management, Supply Chain Management, Economics or Business from four-year college or university.
  • 2-4 years related buying experience
  • Retail buying experience required

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