Buyer, Women's - Old Navy Canada

Old Navy makes current American fashion essentials accessible to every family. From day one, Old Navy was a revolution. We were something the world had never seen - fabulous, affordable fashion. We didn't take ourselves too seriously, and we broke the industry's rules. We said fashion didn't have to be just for rich people - it could be for everyone. We opened our first store in 1994 in San Francisco and have been on a roll ever since. Today, customers can shop for their must-have fashion essentials online as well as in one of our 1,000+ stores located globally.

When you work at Old Navy, you're choosing a different path (and a pretty awesome one at that). We believe that style and quality should be accessible to everyone and we work hard to make that possible. Truth is, in fashion, it's easy to be exclusive. It takes a lot more creativity, guts and drive to be inclusive. What we believe in today is exactly what we believed in when we started: we're on a mission to democratize fashion and make shopping fun again. Sound good to you?

Old Navy – a brand for everyone, a place for you.

General Summary:

The Buyer for Old Navy Canada is responsible for ensuring that the Global Old Navy vision is brought to life through robust product and inventory strategies that are appropriate for the Canada market. The Buyer is the expert of their department and channel and is a true business owner who knows their customer and their market inside and out. The Buyer assorts a commercially viable product line and builds sales and inventory plans that drive sales and margin growth. The Buyer is responsible for partnering with the global team to ensure Canada needs are imbedded in the Global Old Navy product strategies.

Core Outputs – Division, Department, Style, CC plans. SAM, IR, Chase, Basics Management, monthly Open to Buy. Order Leader, Proficient in Systems & Processes. The Buyer is relentlessly commercial and sensitized to the weekly trends risks and opportunities. The Buyer responds to future seasons with robust actions based on weekly intel to drive and exceed future sales expectations. He/She will perform detailed market intelligence in partnership w/ the global merchant team and is the voice of Canada within the global ON organization. Always knows his/her numbers and business at the detailed level. Works cross-functionally and aids in the development for Planning Analysts and Inventory Specialists. Overall, owns the product lifecycle end to end and is responsible for proper flow of all inventory.

  • Drive in-season business through weekly promotion and markdown changes
  • Manage monthly open to buy forecast
  • Analyze and report current business and be able to adapt new strategies to changing business
  • Develops and builds department & class level plans that support market/division strategy
  • Develops and builds pre-season style plans and recommends investment quantities in line with commercial plan and financial goals
  • Manages the reconciliation of class-to-department bottoms-up plans.
  • Understands product trends, historical data and departmental input at category/class level and applies learnings into future product strategies.
  • Roadmap/Assorts based on market specific seasonality, sales trends and opportunities while maintaining the Global Old Navy product vision.
  • Understands competitive environment; drives pricing strategy, proactively seeks market knowledge.
  • Mentor, support and develop Planning Analysts and Inventory Specialists on the team.
  • Work with Planning Analysts to ensure proper inventory flow for the right store, right size, right place, right time



Required Skills:

  • 2-4 years work experience, preferred
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Analytic Skills: Ability to think objectively and interpret meaningful themes from quantitative and qualitative data
  • Problem Solving & Decision Quality: Able to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
  • Collaboration: Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners
  • Influencing & Negotiation: Can present ideas and directions that lead others to action
  • Presentation Skills: Effective in a variety of presentation settings including one-on-one, small and large groups, and with peers and bosses.
  • Financial and Business Acumen: Ability to evaluate financial and business indicators and translate data into actionable information to drive results; proficiency in retail math
  • Systems and Tools Acumen: Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and have aptitude to learn technical applications quickly
  • Process Management: Able to create and organize work and processes to get things done in the most efficient manner
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrate strong listening, written and oral communication skills
  • Have an ability to deal with ambiguity and create actionable business strategies

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