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Associate Buyer, Flooring -- West Elm

Date: Sep 29, 2017

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-11754
Area of Interest: Merchandising
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

Associate Buyer, Flooring -- West Elm

Who we are:
Born in Brooklyn. At home in the world. west elm has been helping customers express their personal style at home since the launch of our first catalog in 2002. Our home base is nestled down under the Manhattan Bridge in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, right above our flagship store. We are a dynamic, fast-paced brand with an exciting growth strategy. We value imagination, diversity and giving people the opportunity to explore, grow and shape our future. We look for innovative, smart and hard-working individuals who enjoy creative thinking and ingenuity. Help us carry out our mission of being a source of inspiration to our customers, creating a global community and tirelessly seeking ways to evolve our brand.

The buying/merchandising team is responsible for developing and managing the right product assortment to drive sales, inventory and profit objectives. This team operates as a central hub that interacts with nearly all cross-functional teams within the organization, but most closely, partners with the design, sourcing, planning, distribution, visual and marketing teams to design, manufacture and market the assortment for our stores and web/catalog. Currently, the merchandising organization is working on several exciting initiatives that will ensure west elm sustains long-term growth as a leader in specialty retail.

The Associate Buyer will be responsible for co-managing the Flooring business within the textile department, as well as, analyzing sales and sharing insights and opportunities with the Buyer and VP of Textiles. The Associate Buyer collaborates closely with the rest of the merchandising team to build an assortment that is cohesive and aesthetically balanced, profitable, and diversified across the Consciousness initiatives that are part of West Elm's DNA.

* Work w/Buyer in developing the seasonal assortment plans (line lists) to define product requirements for Design and Sourcing to ensure on time delivery and commercial viability of product.
* Responsible for supporting the life cycle of the product in the following ways: Systemic updates, sku creation and tracking, Catalogue/EComm materials, photo sample request and tracking.
* Communicate annual and seasonal strategies by providing Inventory Management with final assortment plans (line lists), product details, target retails, estimated IMU , importance to overall assortment (big bets) , flow and exits for developing purchase projections and buy plans. Update documents and ensure accuracy.
* Work with Buyer to lead cross functional team to achieve financial metric and goals for area.
* Perform in season optimization through business reporting and analysis.
* Correspond with functional areas. Resolves handles and escalates difficult issues to Buyer, Call Center and Stores.
* Responsible for reviewing catalog proofs and website testing for each season (pricing, naming, copy).
* Work with Visual to communicate product strategies, create signage and in-store displays. Provide Visual with product information (facts, inspiration, pricing). Coordinate the development of all signage (new, special, markdowns) and all in-store collateral.
* Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze sales trends to keep abreast of current trends
* Identify emerging trends and work with Buyer to develop business strategies outlining strengths, weaknesses, new opportunities and threats.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications:

* Have the ability to work in a fast paced environment-love to work collaboratively in a group, you have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute with your team.
* Are driven and motivated and excited about the opportunity to make great things happen for the customer and for our brand.
* Have the ability to appreciate, inspire and be inspired by others.
* Are a true business owner; comfortable with decision making and calculated risk taking for the benefit of your business
* Think innovation is critical in a business environment and support others in creative thinking.
* Pride yourself on the quality of work and is a stickler for the details.
* 3-5 years merchandising experience.
* people management experience
* Strong leadership skills
* Strong understanding of the brand customer and aesthetic
* Strong technical expertise, business and financial acumen
* Able to deliver results by influencing internal and external partners

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

*LI-AC

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.


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Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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