Associate Buyer
Bed Bath & Beyond - Union, NJ

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The Associate Buyer takes ownership of a portion of the Buyer's overall business and manages the processes to achieve sales and margin objectives. The Associate Buyer will partner the Buyer to develop and execute a strategy for assortment, vendor management, pricing and marketing for a specific category of business to maximize sales and profitability.

Essential Functions
• Identify trends within department to help reach and exceed sales and margin plan
• Assist Buyer to identify merchandise assortments that best match customers' needs in marketplace
• Strong Communication skills
• Negotiations with vendors on availability, product specs, distribution, delivery deadlines and price are fundamental aspects of the job geared towards maximizing the company's profits and surpassing margin goals
• Partner with Planning team
• Communicate with Product Development, Marketing Department, Stores and vendors to provide information and problem solve
• Travel to store locations to review product mix, obtain feedback, and share information to the buying team
• Develop a smooth operational flow of all office functions with Planners and Vendors
• Develop business analysis
• Analyze market (domestic) and provide observations of market to Buyer for market analysis
• Identify and recommend new products or business opportunities
• Investigate and respond to field issues
• Perform and manage administrative functions as needed
Job Requirements
• 2 to 3 years experience as an Associate Buyer with a specialty or department store retailer
• Decision making and creative ability along with excellent communication skills are essential to this position
• Strong analytical and PC skills
• Bachelor's degree in retail, fashion or marketing preferred
• Some travel required

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is a growing and ever-evolving family of retail stores. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in...