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Design Within Reach, Inc.

Stamford, CT

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Stamford , CT


Design Within Reach is looking for an experienced buyer to join our corporate merchandising team in our Stamford, CT office. As a DWR buyer, you’ll curate a product assortment that represents the tenants of the Design Within Reach brand while driving sales and achieving profit goals. Our ideal candidate will have the ability to be agile and adaptable in a fast-paced, rapidly changing, deadline driven environment

What you’ll do:

You'll have opportunities to speak up, solve problems, think strategically and grow your design skills every day as you:

Manage existing vendor relationships and continuously explore opportunities for growth and increased profitability.

Conduct regular strategic product reviews to focus assortment and identify underperforming products to discontinue.

Establish final determination of aesthetic fit and sales potential for new product introductions, weighing input from Product Development, Inventory, and Marketing counterparts.

Actively source new products and negotiate new vendor relationships.

Draft and execute design briefs to fill assortment and market needs.

Perform in-depth reviews of product samples and product development prototypes to confirm that proposed introductions meet or exceed all DWR standards.

Analyze product performance weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually in order to develop merchandising strategies that achieve revenue and margin goals.

Work with inventory planners to establish annual volume projections and initial buy for new product introductions.

Present strategic business plan to department heads in quarterly planning meetings.

Maintain acute awareness of competitive landscape.

Provide pertinent product knowledge and sales information to the sales team via monthly and quarterly product training presentations.

Proof catalog, web, and ads to ensure content is appropriate and accurate and designer and manufacturer “stories” are conveyed effectively and factually.

Closely monitor product return levels, presenting actions taken to resolve any issues during quarterly returns meeting.

Visit DWR studio locations regularly to understand client and Account Executive feedback and ensure product presentation meets visual standards.

Work with Visual Merchandising team to address inconsistencies with the DWR visual directives.

Review web merchandising and product sort priority and adjust as needed to support company priorities.

Manage workload and daily activities of the assistant buyer.

Travel to address quality control issues, review prototypes, and attend trade shows.

Sound like you?

This might be you if you have the following experience, skills and abilities:

5 years of buying experience.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Experience managing the vendor negotiation process.

Strong analytical abilities and detail orientation.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Willingness to take initiative and accept accountability along with a strong sense of ownership over work and results.

Design Within Reach is committed to diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer (minorities/women/veterans/disabilities).


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