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Buyer

Company: Sur La Table
Location: Seattle
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

The Buyer contributes to Sur La Table's success and is responsible for the growth and profitability of one or more high profile business categories. Key areas of accountability include identifying product trends, developing and executing seasonal product strategies and vendor relations. The Buyer works closely with all cross functional areas including stores, Ecommerce, and the Marketing team to ensure seamless execution of the department strategic vision. This position requires constant exercise of discretion in prioritization of work.

Job Duties And Responsibilities

  • Analyze past performance, develop, communicate and execute seasonal and core department strategies.
  • Develop pricing and promotional strategy for core and seasonal products
  • Partner with internal product development team, as well as domestic and foreign partners to drive product development and product needs in both core and seasonal categories
  • Identify product trends using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Manage department profitability through product markup negotiations and inventory management.
  • Build quarterly line plans and assign key metrics in line with department initiatives and goals.
  • Provide leadership, direction, mentoring and coaching to staff.
  • Collaborate with visual team to ensure monthly floorsets are reflected of both core and seasonal initiatives
  • Partner with creative team to drive packaging and signage needs for both core and seasonal products
  • Work with each direct report to establish goals and objectives and monitor and advise on progress to ensure business results are achieved and to enhance the professional development of staff.
  • Cultivate strong relationships both internally to Sur La Table and externally with vendors.
  • Communicate complex ideas and or concepts clearly, concisely and effectively to multiple audiences.
  • Negotiate product launches, pricing, timing, and exclusivity with vendors.
  • Partner with Planning & Allocation to determine order quantities, receipt flow and product life cycle.
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure the in store and online experience and marketing reflect the strategic direction.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by manager.
    Experience And Required Qualifications
    • Bachelor's degree in Merchandising or related field. Relevant work experience considered in lieu of education.
    • 2+ years experience in Buyer Role, preferably in a hard-goods retail environment.
    • 2+ years in private label, product development (preferred)
    • 2+ years managing and negotiating with vendors.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Knowledge of housewares industry and relevant product lines.
    • Strong analytical ability and retail math skills.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Smartsheet (preferred)
    • 2+ years leading and supervising the work of others
      Essential Functions
      • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
      • Ability to regularly communicate verbally and in writing and work cooperatively with employees and customers.
      • Ability to use computer and other office equipment to accomplish work tasks.
      • Ability to think critically and communicate complex thoughts and/or ideas in clear and concise manner.
      • Ability to remain stationary for extended periods of time.
      • Ability to move about the workplace retrieving merchandise.
      • Ability to grab, reach, push, pull, bend, stoop, kneel and crouch in order to manage merchandise.
      • Ability to lift and/or move merchandise weighing up to 35 lbs.
      • Regular and predictable attendance.
      • Sur La Table has a flexible work environment that has a combination of work-from-home and work-from-office days.
        Sur La Table Core Competencies For Everyone
        • Focus on the Customer: You inspire and delight your customers
        • Be Genuine: Your communication style is respectful, effective and sincere
        • Make the Right Call: You effectively blend knowledge, experience, wisdom & decisive action
        • Take Ownership: you are committed, responsible and provide solutions
        • Achieve Results: You meet and exceed goals and expectations

          This job description represents a summary of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. Responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder might differ from those outlined and other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Sur La Table has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Keywords: Sur La Table, Seattle , Buyer, Hospitality & Tourism , Seattle, Washington

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