Assistant Buyer

Short Story
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted 1 day ago
Full time

Assistant Buyer JD

Short Story is a venture-backed ecommerce retailer helping petite women 5’4” and under find perfect fitting clothes. We’re a fast growing startup disrupting the way clothing is traditionally retailed. Our personal styling service helps petite women discover their best fitting styles and brands. We’ve also launched a series of private label brands propelled by customer feedback. Our mission is to remove the ‘ugh’ from the shopping equation for millions of petite women so they can dress with effortless confidence.

Short Story is a brand that celebrates petiteness, boldness, and modern womanhood. Our culture is one that blends an obsession with data, passion for a truly better product, and a scrappy startup mentality. We've been recognized by TechCrunch, Buzzfeed, and rated the #1 Best Clothing Styling Service by USA Today. We’ve grown rapidly in the last 2 years and will continue to build for scale in 2022.

About the Role:

We’re hiring an Assistant Buyer to join our Merchandising team. You will work directly with the Head of Merchandising to create an exciting and timely product assortment for our unique audience. You will support the overall execution of all product categories at Short Story, ensure data accuracy, and sample management. You must have a passion for fashion, be analytically minded, and possess a stellar work ethic. You should have interest in startups, e-commerce, and tech.

What You’ll Do:

  • Work with Head of Merchandising to determine the overall mix of product for each category to ensure a customer-oriented final mix
  • Assist in the development of the product assortment, key item positioning, and ensuring that the assortment is compelling, commercially viable and supports overall business objectives
  • Ensure data-entry integrity and maintenance product integrity in product management systems
  • Maintain all purchase orders and all records with meticulousness and attention to detail
  • Prompt vendor communication to ensure timely product development flow
  • Review and analyze product information data from vendors to ensure accuracy
  • Be responsible for samples management and organization
  • Act as a conduit of information, materials, and samples to cross-functional teams
  • Create & manage Photo catalog and manage photo quality in management system
  • Create, enter & perform in-season updates to product information in multiple databases
  • Plan and prioritize workload to meet deadlines and increase efficiency
  • Complete seasonal projects for merchandising team (ex: trend and competitor research)
  • Opportunity for growth into category management, depending on experience
  • Conduct administrative work for the merchandising team as needed

Who You Are::

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion, Business, or a related field
  • 2 years retail buying experience
  • Ability to work on cross functional teams
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Strong analytical ability and retail acumen
  • Clear and concise presentation skills
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • An understanding of the customer's wants and needs and shopping experience
  • Ability to creatively identify the appropriate product/trend that will appeal to the customer and meet their expectations
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, multi-task and maintain attention to detail
  • Fundamental understanding of financial KPIsof the business (IMU%, MD%, GM%, selloff, WOS, etc.) and the OTB


San Francisco, CA

Benefits & Compensation

  • Attractive early stage compensation and equity package
  • Opportunity to work closely with a small, dedicated leadership team
  • Opportunity to work at a Y-Combinator backed startup
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Company meals & events

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