Manager, Buying Representative
Brown Shoe - St. Louis, MO

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For consideration please apply online by Monday, February 4, 2013.

Position Accountabilities
· Assures development, implementation and maintenance of onboarding and ongoing training programs for the Buying Representatives
· Assures life cycle of purchase order by monitoring and expediting the order to ensure cost effectiveness and speed to market
· Assures timely communication and effective resolution of all purchase order issues
· Assures effective coordination of all activities to meet promotional deadlines

Profile Accountabilities
  • Assures high performance and customer focus from all direct reports for cross-functional impact by: *
  • Motivating and inspiring team to achieve their highest potential
  • Providing ongoing coaching and performance feedback
  • Providing the opportunities and tools direct reports need to grow and gain the skills and knowledge needed to realize their potential
  • Attracting talent and selecting high caliber people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences from both inside and outside of the organization
  • Delegating authority and encouraging staff to take calculated risks
  • Adapting style to capitalize on different talent
  • Assures effective management of change to reach functional and organizational goals by:
  • Translating operating plans into understandable and executable goals
  • Proactively developing inter-functional and intra-divisional relationships
  • Demonstrating creativity by breaking norms and generating ideas
  • Replicating successful endeavors and practices
  • Assures a collaborative environment that fosters and values partnerships, diversity, and trust by:
  • Demonstrating a passion for meeting customer needs and exceeding customer expectations
  • Exhibiting selflessness by helping others become more successful in their roles
  • Sharing talent resources to create or improve business results
  • Actively seeking the ideas of others and valuing differing perspectives
  • Building trust by communicating honestly, directly, and candidly

Position Essential Functions
  • Provides training and development for all systems and processes for the Buying Representative team
  • Responsible for the maintenance and tracking of purchase orders
  • Resolves issues with purchase orders such as routing, labeling, first cost, EDI transmission issues and UPC set-up by partnering with merchandising team, DC staff, and vendors
  • Develops and maintains the Buying Representative training manual; evaluates and recommends changes and improvements
  • Discusses ongoing training needs with Buyers, Assortment Planning Managers, and Buying Representatives
  • Develops and maintains new efficiencies and processes to improve Buying Representative group performance
  • Analyzes data to determine appropriate workload for Buying Reps (i.e. code count, vendor count, styles, etc.)
  • Serves as the liaison for the Buying Representatives to Marketing, Retail Operations and DotCom
  • Participates in Assortment Review and Tab meetings to understand future sample needs and deadlines
  • Follows up on delivery, including EDI orders to proactively monitor and resolve problems affecting better profit and timeliness of sell thru
  • Approves/declines orders and meeting deadlines (independently or in conjunction with Buyer)
  • Submits the Return To Vendors (communication with vendor and Allocation department, does fact finding, resolves issues by partnering with Retail Ops)
  • Resolves delivery issues by partnering with vendor and/or DC
  • Responsible for validating item cost and retail pricing
  • Partners with Planners and Buyers to resolve order issues and other vendor inquiries
  • Analyzes merchandising reports on a weekly basis and changes purchase orders (shipping dates, prices, etc) based on business needs
  • Manages samples for each gender and sample room within area of responsibility
  • Works with vendors to ensure on-time delivery to the DCs of TAB shoes orders
  • Selects and provides samples to Marketing/Internet/New Stores/Allocation
  • Assist on special projects such as TABS, pricing, vendor changes, budgets, etc.

Position Specifications

Educational Preference:

Bachelors Degree

Job Experience:
  • Previous merchandising and/or supervisor experience
  • Retail experience
Computer Experience:
· Microsoft Office, AS400

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