Associate Buyer, Global Franchise, Alshaya - Williams Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted 2 days ago
Full timeTextile Manufacturing
Job Description

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Overview of therole

Develop business strategies and seasonal assortment plans to maximize the development of the brand, sales and profits for one department or assigned area. Identify opportunities and recommend new product or concepts for department. Coordinates information across functions working closely with Design, Inventory Management, Sourcing, Production, Packaging and Visual to ensure the process is followed and timelines met. Attends and participates in Brand Buyer and Inventory meetings. Works closely with Franchise Partners to procure the right product to drive sales and in store execution.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible to manage and oversee departments or area.
  • Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze sales trends to keep abreast of current trends. Obtain feedback from stores to improve product and add to collections.
  • Identify emerging trends and develop business strategies outlining strengths, weaknesses, new opportunities and threats. Communicate annual and seasonal strategies to functional areas (Inventory, Design, Sourcing, Production, Packaging, Visual).
  • Develop and recommend seasonal and core product mix for department or area. Collaborate with Inventory Management to develop annual and seasonal financial plans.
  • Collaborate with Inventory Management to provide Sourcing and Production Management with purchase quantities, delivery dates, flow and exit strategies for initial cost and production negotiations for new programs.
  • Recommend and collaborate with Visual to plan floor layouts.
  • Provide Inventory Management with final assortment plans (line lists), product details, target retails, estimated IMU, importance to overall assortment (big bets), flow to DC and floor plan location for developing purchase projections and buy plans.
  • For assigned area, approve final: Product collections from Design s recommendations, Order quantities form Inventory Management s recommendations, Costing and delivery dates from Sourcing and Production, Changes that affect production deadlines and plan objectives, Floor plan layouts from Visual, and Signage and in-store collateral.
  • Collaborate with Inventory Management and recommend adjustments (markdowns, delivery changes and quantity changes) to the plan to maximize sales, profits, budget (OTB) and to protect the brand. Determine contests and provide awards.
  • Build trust and have Influential skills
  • Provide information to Visual on in-store promotion strategies and placement of markdown goods.
  • Correspond with functional areas. Resolves, handles and escalates difficult issues to Buyer, Call Center and Stores.
  • Summarize and communicate merchandising information for emails.
  • Work with Visual to create signage and in-store collateral. Provide Visual with product information (facts, inspiration, pricing). Coordinate the development all signage (new, special, markdowns) and all in-store collateral.
  • Provide Merchandise Coordinator with product information (facts, pricing) to create Product Information sheets.
  • Develop the seasonal assortment plans (line lists) to define product requirements for Design.
  • Work with Inventory Management to provide Sourcing and Production Management with purchase quantities, delivery dates, flow and exit strategies for initial cost and production negotiations for new programs.
  • Provide Inventory Management with final assortment plans (line lists), product details, target retails, estimated IMU, importance to overall assortment (big bets) and floor plan location for developing purchase projections and buy plans. Update document and ensure accuracy.
  • Investigate and respond to field issues. Coordinate communication strategies with Store Operations.
  • Identify and recommend new products or business opportunities.
  • Make recommendations in developing seasonal and core product mix for department or area. Participate in the development of the annual and seasonal financial plans with Singapore team.
  • Assist Franchise partners and Inventory Management with determining appropriate adjustments (markdowns, delivery charges and quantity changes) to the plan to maximize sales, profits, budget (OTB) and to protect the brand. Recommend contest ideas and coordinate awards and in-store collateral.
  • Assist Franchise Buyer with providing information to Visual on in-store promotion strategies and placement of markdown goods.
  • Handle escalated customer service issues.
  • Provide SKU information to Singapore team.

Criteria

  • BA/BS Required.
  • Previous experience in Merchandising.
  • Advanced Excel skills. Advanced retail math skills.
  • Attention to detail. Ability to work in fast-paced, often-changing environment.
  • Ability to perform work onsite in the San Francisco office full-time pending state, local, and Company return-to-work guidance during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Mission Around Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We firmly believe that working in a culture focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion spurs innovation, creates healthy and high-performing teams, and delivers superior customer experiences. We will create and nurture a global company culture where we confidently bring our authentic selves to work every day: where the only criteria for advancement are the quality of our work, the contributions we make to our teams and the business, and our ability to lead; and where our individual differences—whatever they may be—are valued, explored and appreciated.

Benefits Just For You

Depending on your position and your location, here are a few highlights of what you might be eligible for:

  • A generous discount on all Williams-Sonoma, Inc. brands
  • A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
  • Paid vacations, holidays, and time off to volunteer
  • Health benefits, dental and vision insurance, including same-sex domestic partner benefits
  • Tax-free commuter benefits
  • A wellness program that supports your physical, financial and emotional health

Your Journey in Continued Learning

  • In-person and online learning opportunities through WSI University
  • Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
  • Resources for self-development
  • Advisor (Mentor) program
  • Career development workshops and learning programs
  • Speaker series

WSI will not commence an immigration case or "sponsor" an individual for this position at this time (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration).

This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

About Us

Our Company

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams Sonoma, Williams Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn teen, pottery barn kids, Rejuvenation, Mark & Graham, west elm, or Outward. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

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