BHLDN: Merchandising Assistant - URBN Community

  • Allison Park, PA

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Fashion

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The Assistant Buyer is responsible for working with the Buyer to create an exciting and timely beauty product assortment that meets or exceeds the sales volume and profits for their departments. Must work cross functionally on marketing strategies and instore presentation to achieve goals.

Job Skills

  • Assortment Execution
  • The Assistant Buyer works with the Buyer to create a balanced assortment in terms of trend, brand, price point, seasonality, style/SKU count, and key item depth

    Assistant Buyers should give feedback regularly on the product in all styleout and product related meetings.

    Suggest category extensions/brand exclusives for further growth

    Continually create newness in concepts to add freshness to the assortment

  • Organizational Support
  • Provide ad hoc statistical reports to Buyers upon request.

    Help to maintain accurate Buy Sheets by class.

    Maintain some excel reports for buyers and planners as needed.

    Take photos of samples when needed and maintain photo logs or libraries of samples.

  • Sample Management
  • Manage the samples within the Department. Obtain samples from vendors for all product meetings and manage the safe return of all samples. Ensure that all kept samples are neatly organized by classification and by season. Regularly clear out old samples and maintain tidy sample area.

    Manage photo handover weekly where new product gets shot for the web.

  • Communication
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, timely, and professionally in all meetings

    Ensure all written documents (including email) are grammatically correct.

    Develop collaborative relationships with internal colleagues including: production, planning, creative, catalog, DC etc.

    Listen to others; be a team player and a healthy competitor.

    Gain understanding of all roles and responsibilities within the organization and be flexible and cooperative in working with teams to achieve a common goal.


  • 1 to 2 years in retail or direct buying office or as a member of a store management team is preferred
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the target y customer and the ability to select the appropriate products and brands that will appeal to the customer and fit within the BHLDN aesthetic.
  • Strong understanding of beauty industry trends with the ability to translate them into innovative and relevant ideas that appeal to the BHLDN customer.
  • Strong market awareness: exhibited through knowledge of relevant brands and reference points
  • Fundamental understanding of the statistical components of the business (IMU%, MD%, GM%, selloff, WOS, etc.) and the OTB.
  • Exhibit a professional communication style (both verbal and written) as shown through strong presentation skills, excellent organizational skills, a high sense of urgency, and the ability to present and support a point of view.
  • The ability to prioritize tasks in order to balance the immediate and long term needs of the business with a high sense of urgency.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook) and the ability to learn new computer systems quickly and retain the information.
  • Education

    A Bachelor s degree or higher


    Philadelphia, PA

    Associated topics: buyer, display, inventory, merchandise, purchase, raw material, ship, store, supplier, supply chain

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