Senior Buyer

Carters Inc.
Atlanta, GA, USA
Posted 2 months ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion,Manufacturing,Retail
Job Description

Carters, Inc. is the largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children. The Company owns the Carters and OshKosh Bgosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in leading department stores, national chains, and specialty retailers domestically and internationally. They are also sold through more than 1,000 Company-operated stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and online at,,, and The Companys Child of Mine brand is available at Walmart, its Just One You brand is available at Target, and its Simple Joys brand is available on Amazon. The Company also owns Skip Hop, a global lifestyle brand for families with young children. Carters is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information may be found at

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Essential Job functions (Tasks, duties and responsibilities most important to get the job done)

Buying Business Leadership

  • Develops and leads the Direct to Consumer Go to Market process globally from initial product line architecture to final product markdown in stores.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to execute a strategic plan and drive financial results for in-season management including close collaboration with Pricing team for gross margin optimization.
  • Possess a clear understanding of financial measurements and how to impact them. Strong ability to build business strategies and implement shorter-term tactical plans that are cost-effective, efficient and realistic.
  • Develops and communicates a strategic plan and vision of the business that translates into positive top and bottom line performance.
  • Maintains a long-term perspective while developing buying strategies and inventory management that delivers DTC near term financial plans.
  • Brings customer perspective to the design process and ensure that final product line is profitable.
  • Develops DTC specific product and merchandising initiatives that may include DTC exclusive product, Retail Marketing and Concept Initiatives, and Promotional Strategies.
  • Imparts appropriate taste level and standards to all aspects of the merchandise selection process, including merchandise strategy and the execution of store visual and e-commerce concepts.

Inventory Management

  • Ensures maximum performance relating to sales volume and gross margin opportunities
  • Ensures appropriate inventory levels, product flow, and lifecycle
  • Establishes consistent reporting and management of the business partnering with Planning, Allocations and Business Units

Team And Cross Functional Management

  • Establishes and maintains a positive relationship with the Merchandising, Planning, Allocations, Pricing and Marketing teams as well as external partners including licensees and vendors.
  • Builds and supports a collaborative and innovative culture for direct reports and peers by promoting best practices and project prioritization.
  • Attracts talent and select high caliber people of diverse cultures, both internally and externally.
  • Trains and develops the team, making appropriate organizational structure recommendations based on individual talents. Supports internal career path development.
  • Provides feedback to team members that foster skill development and performance improvement.
  • Highly organized and ability to adapt to quickly changing priorities with a sense of urgency
  • Creative, solution-oriented thinker
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent written and verbal communication including presentation skills

Excel at working cross functionally -- strong influencing skills


  • Supervise a team of Buyers, Associate Buyers, and Assistant Buyers

Knowledge, skill and ability requirements (minimum competencies required for job performance)

Prior Work Experience And Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • 6-10 years of experience in aBuying / Director of Buying/Merchandising capacity
  • Success growing a business in a Senior Manager or Director role with minimum revenue of $1B
  • Experience working cross-functionally with Director level and business leaders on strategic, pertinent issues.

Required Competencies

  • Decision quality
  • Functional/Technical skills
  • Drive for results
  • Customer focus
  • Integrity and Trust

Carters is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.


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