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Buyer - Williams Sonoma Home

Date: Oct 29, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WS-11474
Area of Interest: Merchandising
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

SUMMARY:
Develop business strategies and seasonal assortment plans to maximize the development of the brand, sales and profits for Williams-Sonoma brand. Identify opportunities and recommend new product or concepts for department. Manage information across functions working closely with Design, Inventory Management, Sourcing, Production, Packaging and Visual to ensure the process is followed and timelines met. Manage and develop one Assistant Buyers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

* Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze sales trends to keep abreast of current trends. Obtain feedback from stores to improve product and add to collections.
* Identify emerging trends. Develop business strategies outlining strengths, weaknesses, new opportunities and threats. Communicate annual and seasonal strategies to functional areas (Inventory, Design, Sourcing, Production, Packaging, and Visual).
* Collaborate with Inventory Management to provide Sourcing and Production Management with purchase quantities, delivery dates, flow, and exit strategies for initial cost and production negotiations for new programs.
* Maintain relationships, resolve issues and conduct final negotiations with significant suppliers and agents as necessary (domestic and overseas).
* Recommend and collaborate with Visual to plan floor layouts.
* 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.
* Approve final product collections from Designs recommendations, Order quantities from Inventory Management recommendations, costing, and delivery dates from Sourcing and Production, Changes that affect production deadlines and plan objectives, Floor plan layouts from Visual and Signage and in-store collateral.
* Collaborate with Inventory Management and recommend adjustments (markdowns, delivery changes and quantity changes) to the plan to maximize sales, profits, budget (OTB) and to protect the brand. Determine contests and provide awards.
* Develop oneAssistant Buyer. Clarify objectives, assess performance and provide regular feedback.
* Determine workload for staff; recommend effective processes and procedures to improve workflow and results.
* Work closely with catalog counterpart to develop appropriate merchandising/pricing strategies for the brand.

YOU...

* Love to work collaboratively in a group, you have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute with your team.
* Are driven and motivatedby 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 have great attention to detail.
* Naturally challenge yourself and others to grow.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

* BA/BS Required.
* 5-7 years Buying/Merchandising experience.

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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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