Warrendale, PA, USA
Posted 5 days ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Manufacturing,Retail

The Buyer contributes to rue21’s results by being responsible for product development/selection, vendor negotiations, department/category strategies, fashion trend/forecasting and key decisions to drive the business in the Merchandising Department. Along with managing all communication of responsible categories with vendors and internal partners.

• Commits to supporting rue21’s vision, mission, and values of an inclusive environment and sets an example for their team or sphere of influence.

• Coordinates requirements, specifications, timing, and distribution for merchandise selection

• Develop strategies and criteria for negotiations

• Evaluate competitive offerings to determine the overall best offer for a product/service

• Resolve quality problems with suppliers and user departments

• Lead and participate in cross-functional team meetings

• Manage and develop Assistant and/or Associate Buyers

• Develop/manage/evaluate relationships with other internal departments

• Build the Brands in all activities; inclusive of quality and timely execution

• Be customer centric, build the assortment focused around the customers point of view maintaining value and quality

• Maintain and update open-to-buy daily, weekly and monthly.

• Develop and present department/category strategies and assortments to Sr Buyer and Director/VP for alignment and sign off


• Degree in Fashion Merchandising, Business or related field

• Five+ years' experience as Buyer

• Prior managerial/supervisor experience

• Prior retail experience preferred

• Partner with planning on creation and management of OTB

• Fashion forward and not afraid to be a trend starter

• Establish yourself as Denim expert, on all up and coming denim trends

• Actively participate on Product development process

• Drive fashion trend and evolution of assortment

• Drive e-comm assortment and sales

• Partner with vendors to negotiate on cost, merchandise quality and delivery windows.

• Great teammate. You know how to work with and influence those around you, and you don’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and help when others need it.

• Engaging interpersonal and presentation skills.

• Efficient organization, prioritization, and time management skills.

• Strong analytical problem-solving skills, and the ability to draw conclusions to make recommendations.

• Ability to operate independently while establishing strong working relationships with co-workers and cross-functional teams

• Ability to work with and influence senior management

• Ability to foster a positive and motivating work environment, encouraging feedback and innovation

• Self-motivated with critical attention to detail and deadlines

• Ability to adapt well to change in direction and priority in a fast- paced and deadline-oriented environment

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