Come Grow with Us!
Variety Wholesalers, Inc./Roses Discount Stores is looking for an Associate Buyer to join the growing team! The Associate Buyer helps drive a category of business and is accountable to help achieve sales and margin objectives. The Associate Buyer will partner with the category Buyer to develop and execute a strategy for assortment planning, and manage vendor relationships to maximize sales and exceed customer expectations. An Associate Buyer plays a lead role in the merchandising process and product lifecycle while mentored by a Buyer.
· Collaborates on assortment planning and brand management
· Provides leadership and support on new product development
· Negotiates costing to aid in price value and achieving margin goals
· Maintains Open to Buy and planned inventory levels
· Effectively communicates and engages with vendors and internal teams. Strong project-management emphasis.
· Utilizes various reporting resources to analyze and recap existing style productivity and vendor performance
· Responsible for collaborating with cross-functional groups
· Analyzes industry, competitor, and category trends to identify new product opportunities
· Helps with Buyers Assistant tasks as needed
· Other duties as assigned
· Bachelor’s degree
· 3+ years’ experience in retail environment, multichannel experience is preferred
· Entrepreneurial self-starter who demonstrates strong initiative and leadership skills
· Flexible and positive attitude; comfortable working in a fast pace environment
· Financial, strategic, and planning skills
· Creative vision and awareness of trends
· Strong written and oral communication skills
· Travel may be required