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Associate Buyer - Fitness in Hoffman Estates, IL at Sears Holdings Corporation

Date Posted: 4/15/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Req/Job ID: 972141BR
Employing Entity: Sears Holdings Management Corporation
Employment Category: Regular, Full-time
Job Function: Buying/Merchandising
Store ID: 27755: Hoffman Estates

The Associate Buyer assists the Buyer in execution of processes and functions for the Buyer's merchandise area. The Associate Buyer is responsible for assortment planning, product selection, vendor negotiation, and marketing of Fitness, Fitness Accessories and Sporting Goods. This position reports directly to the Buyer and closely with the buyer, buying management team, merchandise planning team, promotional planning team, merchandise placement team.

Job Requirements

• Executes sales, margin, and inventory plans for their assigned area
• Monitors and responds to issues and opportunities resulting from deviations in plan variances
• Maintains relationships with vendors and interacts with the vendor community within Sears standards and codes of ethics
• Supports the development of customer driven assortment plans for their assigned area
• Supports buyer in executing defined lines
• Identifies and shops competition and makes product recommendations to the buyer
• Maintains knowledge base of industry and competitor market trends as it relates to their assigned business area
• Partners with the Planner to complete accurate forecasts, evaluating sales, markdowns and receipts
• Obtains samples and provides direction during advertising turns-ins and proofing
• Provides correct information and inputs for point of sale signage and maintains integrity of quality of signage for ease of store execution level
• Creates and inputs advertising plan
• Establishes collaborative relationships with placement to ensure availability and the timely delivery of merchandise
• Monitors and maintains promotional performance
• Manages and controls the markdown process and communicates variances to the buyer
• Analyzes sales trend, key items, vendor profitability, and aged inventory and make recommendations for driving improved performance
• Assists in the development of product and negotiation to include cost, subsidy, and terms

• Bachelor's Degree with 3+ years of buying experience