Sr. Buyer

Brick Executive Search
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted 15 hours ago
Full timeRetail Apparel and Fashion

BRICK EXECUTIVE SEARCH has partnered with the fastest growing women's apparel , footwear and accessories retailer in the country . Experiencing store for store comparable growth in the high double digits, opening new stores quarterly , expanding nationally - and becoming a wholesale sensation - this company is seeking the best and brightest merchants/product developers.


Essential Functions:

● Build and execute detailed annual plans (sales, margin, turn and inventory composition) that support the company’s business strategy

● Seasonal planning of open-to-buy budget in accordance with company sales plan. Reconcile receipts to OTB plan

● Develop, plan, and execute strategy for assortment and allocation

● Coach and mentor Assistant Buyers to maximize sales, margins and turns

● Leverage merchandising team's skills at recognizing new fashion trends, items, looks, etc., early in their life cycles; maximize these opportunities

● Understand and develop buying strategy for branded and private label

● Identify opportunities to increase sales, improve margins, optimize inventories, and decrease markdowns

● Compile and present financial analysis including category sell-through, margins and key product performance; recap and analyze business results versus plan

● Develop intimate understanding of the customer. Leverage customer knowledge for product development, category, assortment, and allocation optimization

● Ensure financial goals and timelines are met

● Communicate necessary actions to maximize profit/reduce risk


● Minimum 4-6 years of buying experience and product development

● Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Fashion Merchandising or something similar

● Proven track record of merchandising multi-category, large SKU product lines

● Proven ability to synthesize sales data, customer insights, competitive and market trends, and market data into merchandising strategies

● Existing relationships with current or potential market brands and/or private label resources.

● Ability to recognize and understand the magnitude of an opportunity and respond quickly

● Strong technical aptitude, including advanced competency in Microsoft Excel, and the ability to quickly master new applications and systems.

● Demonstrated ability to grow revenue and improve profitability

The Ideal Candidate Has/Is:

● Exceptional work ethic and motivation to meet strict deadlines

● Excellent written and verbal communicator

● Outstanding organizational skills, with keen attention to detail and diligent task follow-through

● Ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast - paced, dynamic environment

● Highly collaborative, responsive team player

● Ability to prioritize efficiently in response to changing needs and situations

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