Associate Buyer, NA Retail Stores – RTW, Jewelry & Soft Accessories

Overview

As the Associate Buyer for NA Retail Stores, you will support and execute the buying process for the Tory Burch stores in North America with a goal of maximizing assortment strategy by location and category to drive sales.

Responsibilities

Leadership

  • Model behavior that reflects the company values.
  • Partners with others regarding decisions on assortments, business, etc, to gain support and consensus.
  • Address challenges on a professional level.

Product & Assortment Planning

  • Participate in the building of assortments; provide prepared ideas on editing process.
  • Gain a strong understanding of the Tory Burch customer: visit stores monthly, review new deliveries, and communicate learnings back to team.
  • Competitive knowledge: competitive shop, read relevant publications to keep on top of trends.
  • Maintain working knowledge of Outlook, Excel, Word, SAP and EPICOR.
  • Maintain the buy plans (order pads) to ensure accuracy, act as the point person for the rest of the team.
  • Execute and initiate on in season strategies as determined by Director of Buying & Planning.
  • Manage markdowns/exit strategies.
  • Participate & drive hindsighting and line plan development.
  • Respond to store requests and inquiries.
  • Participate in visual process for stores.
  • Review historical performance at the category and key item level.
  • Partner with Planning and Buying Manager on the determination of financial plans (particularly receipt flow) to drive assortment execution.
  • Review with planning the analysis of business by style, delivery and category to understand prior performance and develop future goals.

Cross Functional Collaboration

  • Build cross-functional team relationships; adopt a collaborative style.
  • Recommend, support, and implement process and procedural improvements into daily responsibilities.
  • Partner with Planning and Allocation on the following processes: assortment planning, OTB, in season strategies and allocations to maximize inventory performance.
  • Work cross functionally with Stores, Marketing, Web, Visual and Operations, to ensure they have the tools to understand and support the assortment strategy.
  • Partner with merchandising team to insure product offering covers the needs of the NA business. Ability to provide constructive feedback to this team during product/buy reviews.

Strategic Thinking and Financial Acumen

  • Proficient in retail math.
  • Analyze the business weekly, recapping divisions’ business and reporting out on key trends to upper management (through presentations and in-person team meetings). 
  • Come up with new reports and ways of looking at the business. 
  • Knowledge of the competition and retail market.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree (business or fashion related discipline a plus)
  • 2-4 years of retail buying experience in a luxury or service driven environment


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