OBJECTIVE OF POSITION |
The E-Commerce Buyer incorporates the E-Commerce strategy through the management and merchandising of multiple product categories. This individual will be responsible for building a compelling and well balanced assortment of products while partnering with planning to make key inventory, sales, GM, turn and other analytical decisions. This position reports directly to the E-commerce Merchandise Manager and works closely with the store buying team, merchandise planning, and marketing to significantly improve the profitability of assigned categories and maximize shareholder value.
Identify emerging trends in Home Furnishings and determine website viability.
Develop business strategies through detailed category analysis, SWOT analysis and market direction; present these strategies within the organization and execute accordingly.
Interface with outside vendors, store buyers, photo studio, copywriters, site operations, warehouse and distribution facility, and customer service to provide key product information and to facilitate problem solving.
Monitors and maintains promotional performance.
Manages and controls the markdown process and communicates variances.
Analyzes sales trend, key items, vendor profitability and aged inventory and makes recommendations for driving improved performance.
Responsible for product development and negotiation to include cost, subsidy and terms.
Train, motivate and develop associate and assistant buying team to ensure effective performance and personal growth.
Work closely with E-Commerce Planner to drive sales and other KPIs as well as to ensure assortment accuracy and profitability.
Perform competitive shopping and analyze sales trends for potential product line additions.
Consistently improve product mix by building on past success and adding new items to the line while increasing revenue and item profitability.
Bachelor’s Degree from a four year college or university; preferably in Business Administration, Merchandising or Marketing.
5+ years buying experience, preferably in a home furnishings and/or chain store environment.
Merchandising, product and analytical skills.
Proficiency in the use of desktop applications and Windows-based programs
Retail math literacy and application of concepts to daily operations.
Ability to maintain and build strong working relationships.
Demonstrates strong communication skills, both written and verbal.