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Assistant Buyer- Pottery Barn Kids, Global

Date: Sep 23, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: SS-10866
Area of Interest: Merchandising
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Shared Services
Position Type: Full-time


About the Team

Our global merchandising team works to bring the fun, creativity, and imagination of Pottery Barn Kids to customers across the world, in partnership with franchise partners, through wholesale, as well as managing international company-owned stores and e-commerce. We are driven by our passion for global business, curiosity, and our ability to drive our business like owners. The Assistant Buyer role is a fantastic place to build your buying career.

About the Role

The Assistant Buyer of Global Merchandising is responsible for managing specific departments in international company-owned stores and e-commerce, reporting directly into the Global Buyer for Decorative Accessories. This individual will also be developing seasonal assortment recommendations for our franchise partners in order to maximize the development of the brand as well as sales and profits for Pottery Barn Kids. This individual will identify opportunities and recommend new product or concepts to all franchise partners, coordinate information across functions and work closely with Merchandising, Visual, Creative Services, Sourcing and Inventory Management to ensure the process is followed and timelines are met. Working closely with the global merchandising team, as well as the US brand merchandising team, this individual will help shape the short and long term merchandising objectives for the franchise business including recommending growth opportunities and operational efficiencies.

You're excited about this opportunity because you will...

This position is responsible for, but not limited to the following:

* Analyze designated international markets, both company-owned and franchise. Provide observations of market to Buyer for market analyses. Perform Market analysis by channel, competitive shop and analyze historical sales trends to keep abreast of current trends. Obtain feedback from our franchise partners to improve product and add to collections.
* Will be responsible to manage and oversee multiple departments for company-owned stores and e-commerce
* Assist Buyer and Inventory Management with determining appropriate adjustments (markdowns, delivery changes and quantity changes) to the plan to maximize sales, profits, budget (OTB) and to protect the brand.
* Make recommendations to assist Buyer with developing seasonal and core product mix for division. Participate in the monthly forecasting at the department level, as well as promotional planning.

* Cultivate cross functional relationships with Franchise, Merchandising, Visual, Creative Services, Sourcing and Inventory Management in order to deliver high quality products to our customers, in all markets, in a timely and cost efficient manner.
* Work with our franchise partners to identify emerging trends by market and partner in developing business strategies outlining strengths, weaknesses, new opportunities and threats. Communicate annual and seasonal strategies to cross functional areas.
* Communicate recommended assortments, by country, to all pertinent cross functional partners including:

* Brand merchants to ensure that they provide country specific SKU information (i.e . lighting) to Merchandising Operations for input.
* Sourcing and Packaging teams to address any floor ready packaging needs.
* Provide Inventory Management with:

* Final recommended assortment plans (line lists) including product details, importance to overall assortment (big bets), target market retails, and estimated market MMU.
* Recommendations for replacements SKUS when SKUs are dropped or unable to be placed.
* Collaborate with the Manager of Global Visual Merchandising to:

* Provide franchise with US visual books
* Plan floor layouts in partnership with franchise partner(s)
* Coordinate communication regarding key marketing changes, signage, in-store promotion strategies and placement of markdown goods.
* Investigate and respond to franchise issues. Resolve these issues or escalate to Buyer and relevant functional partners.
* Develop efficient process that results in excellent work and efficient handoffs to cross functional and franchise partners.
* For assigned areas, approve final: assortment by channel, floor maps by season, and catalog pagination, as needed.


We're excited about you because...

* BA/BS Required.
* 2 years of retail merchandising experience
* Experience with excel, and other Microsoft applications
* PLM experience a plus
* Global experience a plus

Why you will love working at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

* We're a successful, fast-growing company with an entrepreneurial vibe
* A technologically and data-driven business
* Competitive salaries and comprehensive health benefits
* We're at the forefront of tech and retail, redefining technology for the next generation
* We're passionate about our internal and external clients and live/breathe the client experience
* We get to be creative on a daily basis
* A smart, experienced leadership team that wants to do it right and is open to new ideas
* We believe in autonomy and reward taking initiative
* We have fun!

About Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

This role is not eligible for Visa sponsorship

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.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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