Assistant Buyer, Dresses - Hybrid

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted 4 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion
Job Description

The ideal assistant buyer is analytical, results-oriented and views the business through the lens of the customer.

A day in the life…

  • Develop an understanding of the needs, wants and expectations of the customer
  • Build an understanding of the market and competitors in their category
  • Establish a clear understanding of the seasonal department merchandise strategy
  • Partner with assistant buy planner on market preparation
  • Contribute to negotiations of exclusive offerings, terms, pricing, vendor funded markdowns, return-to-vendor agreements, drop-ship programs, co-op, etc.
  • Function as liaison to online and/or stores as assigned; including effective communication of the selling agenda
  • Contribute to inventory management in season; including driving markdowns and exit strategy
  • Be a student of the business regarding effective analysis and decision making to improve department performance
  • Collaborate with, and respond with a sense of urgency to regional merchandisers regarding customer needs
  • Partner with assistant buy planner to improve the depth and precision of location-level inventory content
  • Participate in business reviews to develop greater understanding of how specific actions impact overall department results

You own this if you have...

  • Bachelor's degree in Merchandising or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in retail merchandising, planning or analysis required
  • Experience supporting a high sales volume category (high SKU count, heavy seasonality, high revenue ($20M+) preferred
  • Experience in a relevant merchandise category preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of retail and the service environment of Nordstrom required
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite required
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills required

We’ve got you covered…

Our employees are our most important asset and that’s reflected in our benefits. Nordstrom is proud to offer a variety of benefits to support employees and their families, including:

  • Medical/Vision, Dental, Retirement and Paid Time Away
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Merchandise Discount and EAP Resources

A few more important points...

The job posting highlights the most critical responsibilities and requirements of the job. It’s not all-inclusive. There may be additional duties, responsibilities and qualifications for this job.

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