Associate Buyer (Hybrid)

Hoffman Estates, IL, USA
Posted 2 days ago
Full timeRetail

The primary function of the Global Buying department is to deliver a commercially focused and balanced product range that meets the customer needs. The Group Associate Buyer 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 role of the Group Associate Buyer 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


  • Develop merchandise assortment according to season for assigned area of responsibility consistent with financial plans and merchandising trends
  • Analyze current market trends and ideas to recommend and develop new items for purchase
  • Provide analytical creative and managerial support to the buyer
  • Negotiate with vendors, both domestic and international, for price and delivery
  • Develop merchandise strategy with buyer/planner
  • Source new vendors/expand vendor base
  • Analyze business weekly with responsibility to report findings to upper management
  • Dotted line responsibility relationship with Assistant Buyer
  • Meeting with vendors for any product category as required, to discuss on any product opportunities
  • Builds innovative/differentiated product into assortments, takes informed risks
  • Develops unique, differentiated merchandise with the understanding of product development
  • Partner with merchandisers to evaluate plans by re-deploying inventory investment due to shifts in business to maximize financial plans
  • 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
  • Partner with various departments including but not limited to Planning, Allocation, Marketing, QA, PD, Logistics and In Store Presentation to ensure the correct execution of assortments in stores


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 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

Claire's is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we encourage applications from members of all underrepresented groups, including those with disabilities. We will accommodate applicants' needs, upon request, throughout all stages of the recruitment process. Please inform us of the accommodation(s) that you may require.

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