Urban Outfitters Buyer
Divisional Merchandise Manager
Associate and Assistant Buyers
To deliver the sales and profit plan for selected classes within a specific division through the precise execution of a well-conceived merchandise strategy. Contribute to e-commerce marketing efforts and lead product development of online exclusive product.
Founded in 1970, Urban Outfitters (www.UrbanOutfitters.com) operates more than 200 stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe, all offering an eclectic mix of merchandise. We stock our stores with what we love, calling on our—and our customer's—interest in contemporary art, music, and fashion. From men's & women's apparel and accessories to items for the apartment, we offer a lifestyle-specific shopping experience for the educated, urban-minded individual in the 18 to 30 year-old range—both online and in our stores as well as through our catalog..
Build an assortment that is brand appropriate
Create a balanced assortment in terms of: fashion vision, quality, fit, value, price point, style/SKU count and key item depth
Continually create newness in concepts to add freshness to the assortment
Edit to appropriate blend of private label and branded product
Suggest category extensions / web exclusives to further growth
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN
Work together with planners to develop effective line plans
Demonstrate understanding of industry trends and apply them to the product development process
Generate appropriate quantity and quality of innovative and creative ideas
Build a relationship with the Design team that fosters development of innovative, relevant and fashion-forward designs
Build a relationship with the Production team that takes into consideration manufacturing limitations, yet pushes our expectations of quality, lead time and price/value
MARKET SKILLS AND AWARENESS
Represent the brand with integrity and authority
Build a relationship with the market that results in a differentiated product mix
“Sell” the brand and attract suppliers and new brands to Urban’s mix
Exhibit market awareness through knowledge of relevant brands and reference points
Negotiate price, delivery, exclusivity, and terms to support business objective
Manage the Open to Buy (OTB) plan by utilizing flow sheets and item plans, and know when to change the OTB based on business needs
Analyze the business and react with timely reorders and cancellations
Maximize markdown dollars and understand seasonality
Understand core customer and buys to relevant attributes
Partner with the Direct team to offer a balanced assortment and a consistent customer experience with our stores
Support online expansion and testing opportunities
Merchandise catalogs to inspire the customer, drive traffic, and enhance the brand image
Work cohesively to create multi-channel synergy and achieve overall financial goals for the brand
COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
Communicate clearly, concisely, timely and professionally
Listen to others; be a team player and a healthy competitor
Keep individual, division, and total company goals in mind when making decisions
Be decisive and support decisions with facts and analysis
Provide leadership to employees and to peers and fosters an environment of continual training and development
Support the recruiting efforts of the brand by bringing in new talent and selling the company to those we wish to attract
Entrepreneurial in spirit: Thinks and acts like an owner.
Strong understanding of the Urban Outfitters customer and the ability to select the appropriate assortments that will appeal to the customer and meet their expectations
Strong understanding of industry trends with the ability to translate them into innovative, relevant and fashion-forward designs.
Ability to build an assortment that is brand appropriate and balanced.
Strong market awareness exhibited through knowledge of relevant brands and reference points
Solid planning skills with experience managing an Open-To-Buy.
Ability to “sell” the brand and attract suppliers and new brands to the mix.
Clear communicator with the ability to present and support a point of view.
A team player with the ability to provide leadership, training and motivation to employees and peers.
Four-year degree in Fashion or Business preferred
5+ years of progressive women’s accessories or apparel buying experience with a retailer
Experience managing Assistant and Associate Buyers
A Buyer should expect to spend 1-2 years gaining experience and mastering the required skills prior to consideration for promotion to Senior Buyer level.
Travel Some foreign and domestic travel required
Urban Outfitters, Inc. is a lifestyle specialty retail company that operates under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and...