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Buyer

Department: Merchandising
Location: Stamford , CT

Buyer

The role of the Buyer is to curate a product assortment that represents the tenants of the Design Within Reach brand while driving sales and achieving profit goals.  

 Essential Job Responsibilities  

  • Develop and manage growth strategies for core business
  • Identify new product opportunities and negotiate strategic vendor partnerships to maximize volume potential
  • Meet financial goals including sales, MMU, GM%, GM$
  • Manage and analyze product performance weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually in an effort to achieve revenue and margin goals
  • Present to executive team in quarterly strategic planning sessions including line plan, tactical, and hindsight
  • Identify and recommend products to discontinue and develop exit strategy
  • Maintain acute awareness of competitive landscape
  • Review product samples for approval to ensure they meet standards
  • Proof catalog, web, and ads for accuracy
  • Provide pertinent product knowledge and sales information to the sales team via monthly and quarterly product training presentations
  • Supervise Assistant Buyer
  • Travel for vendor meetings, trade shows, and training

Requirements 

  • 5 years experience as a buyer in a retail organization required 
  • 4 year college degree or equivalent experience
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Able to effectively negotiate and persuade
  • Detail oriented
  • Able to be agile and adaptable in a fast paced, rapidly changing, deadline driven environment
  • Strong oral and written communication stills
  • Willing to take initiative and accept accountability with a strong sense of ownership over work and results
  • Previous experience in the furniture industry, passion for modern design a must

 

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