Req #: 78343
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus
At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!
The Associate Buyer is responsible for achieving assigned goals and objectives including gross margin, sales and total inventory turn. Selects and purchases merchandise including type, quality, source, timing, delivery, mix and promotion for assigned merchandise category. Creates and implements plans to maximize gross profit by coordinating sales, gross margin, inventory turnover, cost of promotion and markdowns for assigned categories managed. Selects and evaluates vendors and negotiates product cost. Reports to Buyer. No Direct reports. Must possess the ability to:
*Achieves gross margin, sales and total inventory turn objectives for assigned DSW category *In partnership with Buyer, selects and purchases merchandise including type, quality, source, timing, delivery, mix and promotion for assigned merchandise category *In partnership with Buyer, creates and implements plans to maximize gross profit by coordinating sales, gross margin, inventory turnover, cost of promotion and markdowns for assigned category *In partnership with Buyer, recommends and directs the development and implementation of category merchandise strategy and tactical plans, partners with Advertising/Marketing to maximize merchandising opportunities and recommends programs/plans to supervisor for implementation *With supervisor's input and sign-off, selects and evaluates vendors and negotiates product cost *Develops and communicates effective merchandising programs at store level *Ensures store merchandising standards in close partnership with the store operations management team, this includes store displays and visual merchandising *Ensures beneficial vendor alliances *Identifies new business opportunities consistent with DSW business short and long-term strategies *Manages and maximizes category product mix, gross margin, promotional expenditures and markdowns
*Maintains effective category merchandise control systems including replenishment, open-to-buy, seasonal, etc. Works closely with the following functional partners to achieve business and organization objectives:
*Distribution and Transportation *Human Resources
*Store Operations *Information Technology *Advertising/Marketing *Accounting *Works closely with the Planning & Allocation teams to ensure that assigned category merchandise forecasting is in line with business plans
*Ensures the timely flow and presentation of merchandise to store locations through close coordination with store operations and distribution/transportation logistics
*5-7 years merchant experience *Fashion sense, appropriate product taste level
*High degree of analytical and negotiating skills *Strong verbal and written communications skills *Solid coaching/mentoring skills *Customer, market understanding & retail math *B.S. Degree in Retail Merchandising, Marketing or Business preferred
DSW believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws. DSW also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant or associate who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should contact Human Resources to request that accommodation.
Website : http://www.dsw.com