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

Date Posted: 4/15/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Req/Job ID: 972143BR
Employing Entity: Sears Holdings Management Corporation
Employment Category: Regular, Full-time
Job Function: Buying/Merchandising
Store ID: 58491: Sears Holdings Management Corp

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 specific lines. You will maintain buy plans, marketing, pricing, product setup, forecasting, signing and execution. Responsible for Seasonal Plans for the above categories, and sourcing, negotiating and maintaining 6 Buy plans.

Job Requirements

  • Monitors and respond to issues and opportunities resulting from deviations in plan variances
  • Maintains relationships with over 50 current vendors and interacts with the vendor community to assist in sourcing new vendors
  • Supports the development of customer driven assortment plans
  • Supports buyer in executing 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 makes recommendations for driving improved performance while in season
  • Assists in the development of product and negotiation to include cost, subsidy and terms
  • Participates in 1 trip to China per year to source new product and finalize assortment with manufacturers
  • Attend trade shows to identify market trends and new products to source