Buyer (Jewelry & Accessories)

New York, NY, USA
Posted 24 days ago
Full time

Company presentation

Since its launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, Kate Spade New York has always been colorful, bold, and optimistic. Today, it is a global lifestyle brand that designs extraordinary things for the everyday, delivering seasonal collections of handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, home décor, and more. Known for its rich heritage and unique brand DNA, Kate Spade New York offers a distinctive point of view and celebrates communities of women around the globe who live their perfectly imperfect lifestyles.

Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry portfolio - a global house of brands committed to stretching what's possible.

Job description

Buyer for Off-Price Jewelry, Watches, Eyewear, Fragrance and Lifestyle

Primary Purpose:

build and execute a unique product strategy that meets and/or exceeds financial goals across jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrance, and lifestyle categories for the off-price direct to consumer business

The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in buying to...

- Responsible for driving sales and achieving financial goals for the full price jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrance, and lifestyle categories

- Analyzing sales and inventory weekly, monthly, quarterly & yearly and identify risks and opportunities within the assortment

- Work in close partnership with global merchandising development to ensure business needs are met for both store and online channels

- Manage open-to-buy and markdown/promotional approach to ensure achievement of sales, margin and turn targets

- Focus on future of business by identifying market trends and assortment opportunities

- Drive discussions with the planning team regarding buying strategy

- Edit and assort line during market. Architect sku plan to meet financial goals

- Strategize key items, promotions, and markdowns

- Liaise with production team to ensure timely delivery of merchandise

- Partner with digital merchandising, visual merchandising, marketing, and stores leadership to execute buy strategies across ecommerce and stores channels

- Gather qualitative feedback on product, customers, & competition to identify assortment opportunities

- Present in weekly business review and key pre-season and in season milestone meetings

- Communicate professionally with external vendors regarding purchase orders, inventory tracking, chase receipts and end of life product solutions


- Strategic and analytical thinking

- The ability to demonstrate initiative and drive solutions

- The ability to multitask and focus in a fast-paced atmosphere

- Flexibility and team player mentality

- Ability to influence and leverage cross functional partners

- Be conscientious and provide complete follow through on all responsibilities

- Excellent time management and communication skills

- Strong presentation skills

- Experience training and leading at least one direct report

An outstanding professional will have...

- 5+ years of experience in a retail buying role or applicable analytical role

- bachelor's degree strongly preferred

- advanced excel skills

Our Competencies for All Employees

- Courage: Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.

- Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.

- Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

- Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

- Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

- Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.

- Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

- Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

- Developing Direct Reports and Others: Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.

- Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.


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