Buyer Assistant

Follett Higher Education
Westchester, IL, USA
Posted 2 months ago
Full timeRetail


Job Category

Merchandise Buying




  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Educational background in business, marketing, or retail merchandise preferred.
  • Work experience in a retail environment required.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Must possess superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, including an understanding of retail math.
  • Ability to work cross functionally and build relationships with other departments.
  • Interest in and knowledge of technology products strongly desired.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Category Management Support
    • Prepares weekly sales reports for distribution to GM and Operations management teams
    • Analyzes sales using reporting tools (MMS, RetailIDEAS) as needed for assortment reviews, vendor reviews, internal/external presentations, test programs, and additional reporting as necessary to support sales and merchandise strategy.
    • Works closely with Merchandise Control team to maintain SKU and pricing information.
    • Communicates vendor/product information to Planning and Allocation team including assortment plans, and lead times.
    • Assists in the assortment execution online including gathering images and proofreading copy.
    • Executes purchase orders for test programs and seasonal programs.
    • Responds to inquiries from field operations team regarding product assortments for existing and new retail location.

  • Vendor Relationship Management
    • Corresponds with prospective vendors on an ongoing basis and communicates status in review process.
    • Communicates with vendors continually regarding product, pricing, minimums, terms, shipping, labor code compliance, digital imagery, and other vendor related concerns.
    • Updates and distributes assortment plans, term sheets and correspondence letters to vendors
    • Proofing: Verifies that pricing and vendor information is accurate in system. Proofreads correspondence letters.
    • Sample Management: Maintains and organizes vendor samples of approved assortment.

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