Assistant Buyer

New York Metropolitan Area, USA
Posted 18 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Manufacturing,Retail

Gabe's is seeking Assistant Buyers to support our Buying and Merchandising Team in driving sales, turnover, and profit goals. These positions will be based in our New York City Buying Office.


  • Makes recommendations to the Buyer for present and future purchase and markdown actions.
  • Prepares recommendations for next seasons' buy by analyzing appropriate resources (i.e., Buyer Control File, BI, Unit and Dollar Ladder Plans, and current market information)
  • Works with vendors and makes purchases for specific merchandise categories as determined by the Buyer
  • Maintains regular communication and develops relationships with vendors to ensure positive professional partnerships.
  • Assists Buyer in resolving problems or relieving anticipated difficulties related to purchase orders, delivery dates, payments, etc.
  • Works closely with the Merchandising Assistants to analyze data and report back to the Buyer on a timely basis.
  • Spends time in each store format throughout the month concentrating on inventory levels, allocation issues, selling, listening to customer feedback about product, and listening to Store management feedback about product.
  • Facilitates Buyer on markdown, assortment, and Open to Buy (OTB) plans
  • Supports allocation strategies to increase sales and reduce markdowns
  • Executes markdowns and transfers as determined with the Buyer
  • Accompanies Buyer (as needed) to "market" to meet vendors and participate in decision-making processes
  • Compiles product and vendor information and keeps appropriate parties updated
  • Communicates with Distribution Centers about status of new receipts and the distribution of merchandise to the Stores.


  • A Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in a fashion-related discipline
  • Previous Merchandising experience required, with further aspirations to grow your career in Off-Price Buying. Off-Price retail Buying / Merchandising experience within a multi-unit organization is strongly preferred.
  • Computer proficiency with strong Excel experience (including formulas, tables) and an aptitude for learning new software programs and applications
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly attentive to detail and accuracy
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to share findings and actionable solutions with the Team
  • Strong organizational and planning skills to ensure timely and accurate execution of responsibilities
  • Ability and motivation to work independently
  • Ability to work effectively and proactively as a member of the cross-functional team by communicating clearly and focusing on team objectives
  • Ability to build relationships, be personable, maintain a positive attitude, and collaborate with others
  • Ability to identify and execute priorities with a sense of urgency
  • Ability to facilitate multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment

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