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Buyer, Pottery Barn Kids, Global

Date: Oct 3, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: SS-11767
Area of Interest: Supply Chain
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

Operate as the Potterybarn Kids brand-specific buyer managing business for international franchise business and company -- owned stores. Is directly responsible for managing brand strategies to build the brand and maximize sales/profits within a defined market. Develop business strategies and seasonal assortment plans to maximize the development of the brand, sales and profits. Identify business opportunities and propose solutions to maximize WSI profitability. Lead or participate in projects to improve systems, processes, or efficiencies.

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

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

* Work with Brand Director to develop brand-specific strategy, planning, execution, and problem solving
* Manage information across functions working closely with Inventory Management, Sourcing, Production, Packaging and Creative Services to ensure the process is followed and timelines met.
* Establish and maintain strong relationships with internal and external brand partners.
* Ensure a consistent assortment across Franchise and Company owned stores. Collaborate with the Brand Merchants to identify new vendors, product edits/drops as well as assortment additions. Make recommended assortment changes and provide information/direction to the Global Team for the execution of these changes.
* Collaborate with Inventory to develop annual and seasonal financial plans.
* Provide Inventory Management with final assortment plans (line lists), product details, target retails, estimated IMU, importance to overall assortment (big bets), flow to DC and floor plan location for developing purchase projections and buy plans.
* Lead preparation for new store openings by developing country-specific buying processes and pre/post planning activities
* Investigate and respond to store issues. Coordinate store communication strategies and provide appropriate merchandising information for distribution.
* Participate in visual mapping process to ensure floor plan direction supports market-specific and store-specific visual display and sales plans
* Recommend effective processes and procedures to support market growth, workflow, and delivering results
* Provide leadership and ongoing training and development to create positive team environment


We're excited about you because...

* Superior written communication, presentation, and listening skills
* Ability to work in a fast paced, collaborative environment
* Able to deliver results by influencing internal and external partners
* Driven and motivated by the possibilities ahead
* Strong technical expertise, business and financial acumen
* A strong multi-tasker who is good at juggling multiple projects with varying deadlines
* Leadership skills to lead, develop and motivate a team
* Organized , efficient and detailed orientated


* 5+ years retail merchandising or retail planning
* 2+ years people management experience
* Strong Microsoft Excel skills
* Presentation skills required
* Strong understanding of the brand customer and aesthetic
* International experience preferred -- travel required

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

* We're a successful, fast-growing company with an entrepreneurial vibe
* 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!

This position 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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