Assistant Buyer

ASICS America Corporation
Boston, MA, USA
Posted 4 hours ago
Full timeWholesale Footwear

At ASICS, we empower our employees to pursue their career goals. If this sounds like you, then we want you on our team.

ASICS has been dedicated to designing the most technically advanced footwear and athletic products in the world for over 60 years. All of that comfort, fit, and functionality starts within the minds of the passionate people that work within our walls.

Based upon our core values, everyone's input and contributions are respected at ASICS America. We nurture a collaborative environment and hire team members that are never content, always pushing through their own limitations, continually in the pursuit of improving performance, are innovative and creative, reach for new challenges, and always aim to surpass the next goal.

Our Mission: We pledge to bring harmony to the body and soul

ASICS, an acronym derived from the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano - a sound mind in a sound body. Staying true to the philosophy by which it was founded, every ASICS innovation, every concept, every idea is intended to create the best product. Our mission is to become the number one brand for the sports enthusiast. To accomplish this, we pledge to continue to make the best product; striving to build upon our technological advances and pushing the limits on what we can learn from the body and its needs in athletic gear.

POSITION PURPOSE / SUMMARY STATEMENT (defines the major functions/purpose of the position):

Reporting to the Buyer, Omnichannel, the DTC Assistant Buyer is responsible for supporting the Direct to Consumer (DTC) sales, growth targets, margin, and inventory turn across all direct to consumer sales channels. This position will assist in the execution of strategic vision, with a progressive, customer centric-approach all while delivering on sales & profit objectives. This role requires the ability to leverage data, to identify opportunities & assist in developing assortment strategies. The Ecommerce Assistant Buyer will be responsible for assisting in assorting our digital properties across all product categories.

The Assistant Buyer will partner closely with the Buyer and Sr. Manager of Buying and Merchandising in all aspects of buying process. They will deliver insights & data to drive future product assortments & seasonal plans, aligned with digital strategy & growth objectives. They will partner closely with cross functional partners in the direct to consumer team including buyers, assistant buyers, digital website teams, planning, allocation, merchandising, marketing, & analytics to strengthen the best in class product on all digital channels, and combine knowledge of marketplace trends with sales data to help identify incremental business opportunities.

A successful candidate will make “company first” decisions, develop self by participating in ongoing professional development & training. They will seek out innovative solutions to existing, product, customer and/or company challenges. Finally, they will communicate with candor & value open debate to ensure the best ideas come to life and lastly, drive strong communication and organizational relationships.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES (include titles of positions directly reporting to this position):

  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Organizational Relationships

  • Close partnership and working relationship with DTC (brick & mortar) & wholesale merchandising teams.
  • Collaborate with all levels throughout the ECommerce & DTC (brick & mortar) teams including but not limited to: buying, marketplaces team, planning, allocation, web merchandising and content creation.
  • Develop solid working relationships across departments such as, planning, content creation, marketing, product merchandising, web merchandising, demand generation, marketplaces and logistics.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Assist in building & managing digital merchandise assortments to align with the market & consumer trends. Help to manage digital business to achieve profitability and key KPIs.
  • Constantly evaluate pricing and product inventory flow and deliveries across multiple ecommerce channels to achieve sales, inventory, and margin targets. Closely partner with manager to proactively identify opportunities & risks in the business.
  • Assist in executing monthly forecasting and buy plans for digital channels.
  • Analyze business and sales trends utilizing existing and new selling reports and provide recommendations for business improvements and efficiencies.
  • Support alignment with marketplace team, brick and mortar buyers and DTC planners to assure product segmentation and allocation between all direct to consumer channels.
  • Execute markdowns & promotions as needed based on sales trend at a style level. Monitor UMAP pricing and pricing changes.
  • Assist in compiling data and images as needed to develop seasonal strategies, hindsight business reviews, monthly buy reviews and weekly sales recaps.
  • Monitoring and report on inventory deliveries to ensure proper supply to meet demand.
  • Work with logistics team to track purchase orders to ensure monthly product launches
  • Create product allocation sheets to ensure adequate levels of inventory
  • Analyze retail market/competition. Perform competitive market research and comp store visit hindsight presentations.
  • Be a student of the business and brand, continually search out learning opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Digital/retail/Onmichannel buying and/or planning experience preferred
  • Strong analytical skills & a solid knowledge of KPIs & retail math
  • Experience with systems similar to SAP, BI systems preferred
  • Strong Excel skills necessary
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of urgency, able to work both independently and on a team
  • Ability to multitask, be flexible, and adaptable, in a frequently changing and fast paced environment
  • Knowledge & understanding of third-party marketplaces is a plus.

Core Competencies

  • Customer Focus
  • Collaboration & Mutual Respect
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Results Driven

Education/Experience

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

1-3 years experience in merchandising, buying, or retail planning/allocation in retail environment, including digital and/or Omni channel retail

Requires excellent communication, organizational, and follow-up skills. Ability to work independently, prioritize work assigned, and meet deadlines.

Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel is a must), Experience with SAP is a plus

Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Experience with Google Applications such as Gmail, Google Hangouts, etc. a plus.

Physical Demands

In general, the following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow differently-abled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Must be able to see, hear, speak and write clearly in order to communicate with employees and/or other customers.
  • Manual dexterity required.
  • Limited activity, no lifting, limited walking

Work Environment

In general, the following conditions of the work environment are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow differently-abled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job within the environment.

  • The office is clean, orderly, properly lighted and ventilated. Noise levels are considered low to moderate.

COVID-19 Precautions For Offices (Irvine, Boston, New York)

  • Personal Protective Equipment (Face Masks) are required
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Face Masks) will be provided upon request
  • Daily mandatory Health Screening Questionnaire
  • Daily cleaning requirements for individual desks and shared spaces
  • Physical distancing required at all times
  • Employees are working a hybrid remote schedule. All employees telecommute on Fridays
  • These precautions are subject to change based on Federal, State, Local laws, and the needs of the business

COVID-19 Precautions For Byhalia Distribution Center

  • Personal Protective Equipment (Face Masks) are required and provided
  • Daily mandatory Health Screening Questionnaire
  • Daily cleaning requirements for individual desks and shared spaces
  • Physical distancing required at all times
  • Employees working in offices are on Shift A (M, W) or B (T,Th) schedules, opportunity to telecommute on Fridays for office staff
  • These precautions are subject to change based on Federal, State, Local laws, and the needs of the business

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employee(s) assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employee(s) assigned to this job. ASICS America Corporation reserves the right at any time, with or without notice, to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities within your general skill set or capabilities. ASICS America Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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