Associate Buyer - Concessions

Hoffman Estates, IL, USA
Posted 10 days ago
Full timeRetail
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Associate Buyer Merchandise Concessions

About The Role

The Associate Buyer, Merchandise Concessions will be specifically responsible for supporting in the delivery of key financial metrics for the department, such as sales, profit, margin, markdown and discount, with the core areas of responsibility being: Business Analysis/ Merchandising Strategy, Product Development, Manage Vendor Relationships, Build Relationships, Execution of Assistant Buyer tasks. The Associate Buyer, Merchandise Concessions plays as a key part in the business as they will support in looking for new trends and ideas and then turning those ideas into a commercial proposition for our customers.

  • Build a tailored product offering conducive to each concession partner’s space, fixture requirements, POG calendar, and category constraints consistent with financial plans and merchandising trends
  • Provide analytical creative and managerial support to the buyer
  • Visit concessions stores & competitors to review assortment & surface sales driving opportunities
  • Negotiate with vendors, both domestic and international, for price and delivery
  • Develop merchandise strategy with buyer/planner
  • Analyze business weekly with responsibility to report findings to upper management
  • Dotted line responsibility relationship with Assistant Buyer Concessions
  • Partner with merchandisers to evaluate plans by re-deploying inventory investment due to shifts in business to maximize financial plans
  • Work cross functionally across the entire business units to land the initiatives, onboarding new partners and driving sales opportunities
  • Creates and facilitates an effective work environment by coaching, developing and mentoring team, developing a common vision, setting clear objectives, modeling teamwork, recognizing and maintaining open communication
  • Conducts regular competitive shopping and reports back findings and relevant actions, utilizing all information necessary
  • Manages and oversee the critical path with the buying, merchandising and quality teams to ensure on time delivery

About You

  • 2 – 3 years direct retail buying experience
  • Strong negotiation and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Flexibility and ability to follow through on assignment
  • Have a keen interest in all aspects of the fashion industry
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels across all sectors
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize workload
  • Travel as required
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Claire's is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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