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Retail Buyer

Location: Atlanta - onsite 1-2 days/wk...

PART TIME: - 20-30/hrs week

This role is responsible for the buying and assortment planning for new retail store concepts as part of the Licensing & Retail (L&R) team in collaboration with the global brand and local operating team.

Key responsibilities include:
• Develop cross category assortments (apparel & hardlines) tailored to the target consumer & market and aligned to the overall strategic vision of the brand and store.
• Responsible for planning and managing the open to buy for the store, ensuring targets are met including Sales, Gross Margin and Avg Stock.
• Work with vendors and with merchandise planners to place orders and forecast replenishment needs.
• Coordinate order timing with US store order placement to ensure MOQ’s and cost targets are met.
• Place in season reorders and ensure product is in stock and arrives on time
• Partner with agency, international trade team and suppliers to manage shipping and customs
• Manage licensing contract amendments and new contracts for suppliers
• Partner with Visual Merchandiser to execute compelling and profitable presentations and product placement. Work on VM on an ongoing basis to re-merchandise as needed to maximize sales.
• Work with QA and Product Developer to ensure local product regulatory guidelines are met.
• Establish and execute liquidation plans as needed
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams including visual merchandiser, product developer, planners, strategy, marketing and operating agency
• Provide category, class and item performance analysis and present to leadership
• Continually review and analyze productivity, category and item selling, and recommend actions to optimize the business performance
• Assess learnings and propose assortment changes as needed to maximize results.
• Create Product Knowledge decks to educate store teams
• Create, maintain and update assortment plans reflective of all product and costing information
• Create product related presentations for leadership and cross functional teams

• Retail buying experience in a fast paced environment.
• Solid knowledge of product and retail KPIs
• Merchandise financial planning skills and solid experience managing Open to Buy.
• In tune and consistently keeping up with consumer and market trends
• Excellent collaboration and relationship building skills
• Strong project management capabilities
• Effective communication skills (written, oral, and presentation)
• Comfortable with ambiguity and complexity
• High-level of flexibility and ability to self-manage including tolerance for last minute changes.
• Ability to thrive in a team environment
• High attention to accuracy and detail
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
• Successful performance record

• 4 year College Degree

Years of Experience:
• 5+ years experience retail buying (preferably with apparel experience)

• Retail Buying experience
• Track record of delivering financial results
• Experience with international retail stores preferred
• Merchandise experience, Apparel experience preferred
• Experience launching new stores or concepts
• Retail metrics and merchandise financial planning and Open to Buy management.
• Experience leveraging data and insights from consumer data, industry trend and qualitative and quantitative research to drive results
Atlanta GA USA


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