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Associate Buyer

Company: Old Time Pottery, LLC
Location: Murfreesboro
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

FLSA: ExemptJOB TITLE: Associate BuyerDEPARTMENT: MerchandisingREPORTS TO: Buyer or Vice President of Merchandising
SUPERVISES: Buyer Assistant and/or Assistant BuyerGENERAL SUMMARY:Responsible for merchandise selection, purchasing and assortment planning for select categories. Accountable for fostering vendor relationships and financial results for sales, gross margin, and inventory levels for specific categories.DUTIES and ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Review select and purchase merchandise at the most favorable price, quality and value.
  • Regularly review performance factors, such as sales, margin and inventory.
  • Responsible for timely assortment reviews, identifying gaps/overlaps and taking appropriate
  • Accountable for product sourcing strategy and identifying new vendors
  • Initiate, develop and maintain strategic vendor relationships with all existing and new suppliers.
  • Implement all replenishment/rebuys for assigned categories.
  • Accountable for training and development of all direct reports.
  • Negotiate prices, quantities, payment terms and transportation arrangements with suppliers.
  • Interpret and execute company-wide strategies for designated product categories.
  • Stay abreast of current trends and monitor competitor's merchandise assortments, pricing and promotional activities.
  • Work closely with Marketing department to develop compelling weekly emails to drive customer engagement.
  • Travel domestically and/or internationally to attend trade shows, visit factories and showrooms as business dictates.
  • Monitor shipping and receiving of purchased merchandise.
  • Initiate and confirm all necessary retail price changes.
  • Use company systems to help analyze merchandise sell-through to ensure expected results are being achieved.KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS:
    • Impeccable integrity.
    • Maintain a positive attitude, while being passionate, energetic and humble.
    • Strong analytical and negotiating skills.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Strong partnership skills.
    • Good organizational skills with attention to detail.
    • Proficient with MS Office programs as well as working with database formats.
    • Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of situations as they arise, responding quickly and effectively to changing business needs.
    • Ability to be a team player.WORK EXPERIENCE and/or EDUCATION:
      • A./B.S. Degree preferred
      • Minimum of three years of buying experience and/or multiple category management in a retail environment. COMPETENCIES:
        • Aligns motives, values and beliefs with Old Time Pottery, LLC values and culture.
        • Assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks.
        • Adjusts effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements or cultures.
        • Develops and uses mutual relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
        • Communicate with impact, clearly conveying information and ideas.
        • Uses appropriate methods to identify opportunities, implement solutions and measure impact.
        • Identifies and understands issues, problem and opportunities. Uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.
        • Sets an environment of mutual respect and trust. Acts with integrity and values diversity.
        • Sets challenging goals for personal and team accomplishment. Uses measurement methods to monitor progress toward meeting goals.
        • Establishes courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed
        • Keeps up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.WORKING CONDITIONS and PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
          • Office work environment.
          • Combined sitting, walking, and standing throughout daily activities.
          • Frequent handling or grasping of merchandise.
          • Frequent and proper lifting of up to 25 pounds from floor to waist.
          • Frequent carrying of merchandise of up to 25 pounds.
          • Occasional and proper lifting of up to 25 pounds from waist to overhead.
          • Occasional squatting and kneeling.
          • Gross handling/finger dexterity.
          • Fast-paced environment.This job description represents an overview of the responsibilities for the above referenced position and is not intended to represent a comprehensive list of responsibilities. Job responsibilities may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. An Associate should perform all duties as assigned by his/ her supervisor.

Keywords: Old Time Pottery, LLC, Murfreesboro , Associate Buyer, Hospitality & Tourism , Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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