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Assistant Buyer, Omni -- West Elm

Date: Nov 17, 2017

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-11617
Area of Interest: Merchandising
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

Assistant Buyer, Omni -- 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 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, and planning teams to design and manufacture 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 support the merchandising team by analyzing sales and sharing insights and opportunities with the Buyer and DMM/VP. The Associate Buyer collaborates closely with the rest of the merchandising team to build and drive an assortment that is aesthetically balanced, profitable, and diversified across the Consciousness initiatives that are part of West Elm's DNA.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Essential Functions:
* Partner with the Buyer/ DMM with developing the seasonal assortment plans (line lists) to define product requirements for Design.
* Support Buyer/DMM with providing Inventory Management with final assortment plans (line lists), product details, target retails, estimated IMU, importance to overall assortment (big bets) and floor plan location for developing purchase projections and buy plans. Update document and ensure accuracy.
* Correspond with functional areas. Resolves, handles and escalates difficult issues to Buyer, Call Center and Stores.
* Manage ongoing relationships with vendors, including but not limited to: new product additions, drop ship & inventory troubleshooting, and identifying Brand Level opportunities (collaborations, catalog & social placement)
* Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze sales to keep abreast of emerging trends and designers
* Responsible for reviewing catalog proofs and website testing for each season (pricing, naming, copy).
* Work with Visual to create signage and in-store collateral. Provide Visual with product information (facts, inspiration, pricing). Coordinate the development all signage (new, special, markdowns) and all in-store collateral.

You...
* Love to work collaboratively in a group, you have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute with your team
* Are driven and motivated by the possibilities ahead
* 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 are a stickler for the details
* Naturally challenge yourself and others to grow

QUALIFICATIONS:
* BA / BS Required
* 4 -5 yrs previous experience in online retail buying.

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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