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Posted: Thu Oct 19 2023

Buyer/Sr. Buyer

Los Angeles, CA
Per Hour

Direct Hire

High growth, mid-cap PE Backed, DTC Women's fashion company is hiring a Sr. Buyer/Buyer. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of professionalizing the organization to continue to scale. The company has grown over 200% in the last 2 years growing from 50 to over 250 employees. This is a high growth, fast paced environment, entrepreneurial environment. The brand has a strong e-commerce presence and sells 90% of its product online. What sets the brand apart is an unwavering commitment to customer service and a zeal for social media marketing.

The Senior Buyer/Buyer is responsible for developing, executing, and communicating an Assortment Architecture that speak to the our customer through relevant trends and exceptional price value. This role is integral to driving sales and profit plan and requires a highly collaborative individual who thrives on agility in a cross-functional role.


Overview:
  • LA or San Fran based (In office 3 days/week)
  • Requires experience in fast fashion with a high growth ecommerce business
  • 5+ years experience and former management experience of direct reports
  • Reports into VP Merchandising
  • Currently 6 ppl on buying team (2 Buyers, 2 Assts, 2 Coords) and expanding!
  • 2,500+ skus per year

Essential Functions:
  •  The Senior Buyer will be responsible for a commercially sound product strategy and assortment plan that will be representative of the Customer tastes and needs
  •  Partners directly with vendor on product development to support a strategic exclusive assortment in conjunction with buying off vendor in-line and responsible for 2,500+ skus per year
  •  Develop and execute a merchandise assortment plan that supports the financial, merchandising, and marketing objectives for seasonal product concepts, key items, promotional strategies and assortments mix
  •  Deliver to OTB goals- sales, inventory, cost, sku and margin objectives
  •  Analyze and manage in season performance keeping a pulse on customers’ needs and emerging trends; utilizes learnings to inform in-season and future season actions, strategies, assortments and chase
  •  Hindsight performance post-season to identify hits and misses and build future season strategy
  •  Have expert knowledge on our customer and competitor activities; maintains a strong pulse on current trends and the fashion zeitgeist
  •  Drives business recaps, performance and forward-looking action plans. Review weekly sales performance to identify potential reorders and recommend styles for markdowns
  •  Set product and category level pricing recommendations and strategies to align with financial plans
  •  Build and maintain strong vendor relationships; actively source new vendors to keep assortments innovative and on trend
  •  Drive Vendor Negotiations across product quality, purchase quantity, landed cost, and delivery (and RTV’s)
  •  Partner with Site Merchandising to determine featured categories and products to support sales and inventory initiatives
  •  Lead and Develop junior buying team members, effectively communicating priorities and ensuring workflow management delivers to deadlines
  •  Travel as needed
     
Competencies:
  •  Deep experience in women’s apparel, with a proven track record of delivery to company KPI’s
  •  Passion for and understanding of the fast fashion woman’s customer and how to best serve her
  •  High taste level, with broad market and fashion knowledge, ability to translate trends into commercially viable revenue streams
  •  Excellent analytical, time management and organization skills; meticulous attention to detail
  •  Demonstrates a high degree of personal and professional integrity
  •  Thrives working in a fast-paced agile environment with shifting priorities
  •  Ability to work collaboratively across different groups to advance company objectives
  •  Skilled at communicating clearly both verbally and in writing
  •  Excellent problem-solving skills; willingness to think out-of-the-box to resolve issues
  •  Strong analytical skills; demonstrated proficiency working with large data sets
  •  Must have advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  •  Ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language fluently, and communicate verbally and in writing at a professional level
  •  Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office, Mac and Google products
  •  Knowledge of standard applications (Slack, Office365, Chrome, etc.)

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