Founded in 1992, Anthropologie (www.anthropologie.com) operates more than 175 retail stores in North America and Europe, and ships to over 100 countries worldwide via our ecommerce channels. We cater to fashionable, educated, and creative women between the ages of 28 to 45, who desire an inspirational shopping experience. To that end, we are committed to exceeding her expectations in un expected, delightful ways. Our unique product assortment includes women's apparel and accessories, home furnishings and d cor, gifts, beauty, and found objects. Our mission is to provide our customer with an unimagined experience.
The Buyer is responsible for creating an exciting and timely product assortment for the Retail business that meets or exceeds the sales volume and profits for their respective departments. They are to execute the vision of the DMM and intuitively respond to customer feedback and market trends. In addition, this person must develop action plans that drive category specific growth and increase profitability. The Buyer is responsible for the success of their business unit and is expected to use their fashion intuition to direct the assortment of their category.
Analyze (either directly or with the staff) weekly and monthly sales, stock and on-order with the goal of optimizing sales and minimizing markdowns.
Along with DMM, recognize and react quickly to all trends, both major and minor, in the business, whether product or store related.
Work with the DMM and Planning Manager on revising plans to ensure that sales and margin are optimized by class.
Ensure that buying direction is on target based on partnering with DMM and comprehensive analysis of the business, e.g., last year results, current trends, etc.
Manage the financial elements of the business, e.g., OTB, IMU, MD s, etc. for assigned classes
Manage styles to the plan, ensuring that each item is a winner and that the assortment is properly balanced and invested by ensuring there is an appropriate balance of looks, silhouettes, fabrics, patterns, color, price points, etc., and that we are taking the correct inventory position with key items and fringe and/or new items.
Work with Designer(s) and Production to manage the timeline on all product development.
Attend all fittings to ensure that sizing is standardized throughout the assortment.
Ensure that vendor relations are optimal i.e., getting the best possible prices, quality and service levels with an appropriate level of partnership .
Work with the DMM, GMM, CEO and staff on a regular, formalized basis to ensure the unity and appropriateness of our merchandise vision.
An understanding of the customer s wants and needs and the ability to identify the appropriate product/trend that will appeal to the customer and exceed their expectations.
The ability to conceptually plan assortments that meet financial objectives.
The ability to prioritize tasks and the ability to balance the immediate and long term needs of the business.
The ability to collect, assimilate, analyze, package and present information to the CEO, General Merchandise Manager and Divisional Merchandise Manager in a way that permits them to make an informed decision and take measurable action.
The ability to recognize a new trend, item, look, fabrication/technique early in its lifecycle.
Use creative thinking as an asset in recognizing and managing in changing paradigms.
An understanding of the Anthropologie customer and the shopping experience and that it is the final category edit for the merchandising assortment. The buyer has to possess the ability to identify, gather and assimilate information specific to our customer.
The ability to make the transition from strategic (conceptual and planning) to execution. Financial acumen and the ability to manipulate numbers are critical in achieving the tactical objectives.
Leadership skills to build and develop a solid team of individuals that share a common vision and understanding of the Company.
The ability to develop partnerships with other Buyers, Directors and Department heads.
Bachelor s Degree in Fashion, Business, or a related field.
Some travel required.
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