The attached resume details my extensive professional experience and training. If you so choose to interview me and hire me, you will not be disappoin
Pros: business perks, merit programs, goal oriented
Cons: corporate communication
A typical day in the life of a buyer
I would meet with vendors 3 out of 5 days a week, studying market trends, collaborating with each vendor to develop conceptual buys that met our financial / budgeted goals. I.E. turns, margins, mark downs, exit strategies for new retail programs.
Seasonally: I would plan for two national events; National Kids Festival and the Blue Grass and BBQ event, I would also assist in planning the Fall events. All events were held in a separate venue that offered, food, entertainment, and retail merchandise that complimented a centralized theme. All events were created to enhance the overall guest experience.
We would develop floor plans within each retail venue that supported the new merchandise floor sets that were predetermined at our annual planning meetings.
I would attend 4 market trips per year to procure merchandise programs that supported all of our annual events as well as for the retail stores.
As a buyer you must continually re-invent yourself and your retail venues to constantly stay on top of market trends; through constant antithetical reporting systems. It is imperative that you understand the overall business model, guest demographic as well as seasonality to ensure success.
It is then equally important that you relay and communicate thoroughly to your support staff for a well-executed plan. It is also imperative to stay on top of each shipment to ensure "On time deliveries",
Weekly I would meet with our accounting department reviewing invoices for accountability from our vendor partners.
I have committed over 32 years as a – more... purchasing agent for soft-lines as well as hard-lines and have learned is that if you fail to plan you are in essence planning to fail.
Excellence starts from the top and filters down; my ideal management team is one that is like a fine tuned orchestra. Each person contributes to the whole as a TEAM.
The smallest of mistakes due to the lack of communication will become the most obvious. You work hard together in completing a common goal as a team and you reap the rewards as a team.
The hardest part of the job for me is confrontation
The most enjoyable part of the job is when an actual task comes to fruition. I love seeing the new merchandise on the retail floor; I love seeing the expressions on the guest that come into shop and I especially love when the guest come back year after year because your business model has been a success. – less