An Assistant Buyer at Christmas Tree Shops is responsible for providing operational support to the Buyer with a focus on business management and problem solving. They are committed to executing responsibilities and managing functions for a product category. They will develop an understanding for the company’s business and position in the market, evolving into an expert on a business category, and working with vendors, agents and other suppliers. The Assistant Buyer should have proven ability to multi-task and operate independently, with strong presentation, communication and excel skills.
Perform operational functions supporting a buyer to achieve sales, margin, and Inventory plans.
Demonstrate advanced product knowledge through sharing information with the Buyer by competitive shopping, shopping CTS stores and the market.
Independently identify priorities and proactively work to achieve efficiency in sample management, purchase order writing, and product shipping.
Establish and maintain a reputation of responsiveness in the marketplace. Troubleshoot issues and negotiate with vendors accordingly.
Review the shipping status of all products with buyer and effectively navigate supply chain to assist vendors in shipping and receiving needs. Maintain communication with vendors and internal teams to ensure on time shipments.
Write purchase orders and manage the purchase order process with vendors.
Complete administrative tasks for print and email Ad campaigns, including item and sample submission to marketing. Proof copy and photography for print and email Ad campaigns with accuracy.
Maintain a strong partnership with the planning and allocation organization to manage financial metrics, OTB and inventory flow to the distribution center and stores.
Assist the buyer with sample management – approving samples and organizing samples.
Provide ongoing analysis and interpretation of key business issues including using merchandise reports, Open-to-Buy monitoring, stock analysis and other ad hoc analysis.
Results oriented with a high degree of resilience and perseverance. Ability to maintain focus on goals and objectives that deliver results.
Strong logistics skills are required; will manage product flow from supplier to stores.
Learning agility to acquire/apply new practices in a constantly changing environment.
Great communicator who works best in a collaborative environment and builds mutual trust and credibility at all levels of an organization.
Strong analytical skills, systems thinking, and data-driven decision- making skills.
Acts with urgency to resolve issues impacting service or sales.
Weighs the impact on the customer in planning and decision making.
Exhibits optimism and enthusiasm. People feel positively challenged when working with this person. Is responsive and enjoys helping other achieve their goals.
Effective vendor management skills – operates with integrity, negotiates effectively, acts in the best interest of the company, and has the respect of the industry.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Can prioritize effectively and work independently.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree required
1-2 years of retail merchandising or buying experience in a fast paced, dynamic environment
Proficiency in MS Office applications, Tech savvy, with an emphasis on Excel spreadsheet application and PowerPoint