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Buyer, Furniture - West Elm

Date: Jul 13, 2019

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-15990
Area of Interest: Merchandising
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

Buyer, Furniture -- West Elm

Who we are:
Born in Brooklyn in 2002, West Elm is a global design company dedicated to transforming people's lives and spaces through creativity, style, and purpose. We create unique, modern and affordable home decor and curate a global selection of local, ethically-sourced and Fair-Trade Certified products, available online and in our 100+ stores worldwide.

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.

Essential Responsibilities:

* Develop business strategies and seasonal assortment plans to maximize the development of the brand, sales and profits for a department or assigned area.
* 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 and develop business strategies outlining strengths, weaknesses, new opportunities and threats.
* Develop seasonal assortment plans, define product requirements for Design and Sourcing to ensure on time delivery and commercial viability for the product.
* Work with Design and Sourcing counterparts during development season to collaboratively bring commercially viable, profitable product to market, while supporting seasonal concepts and needs.
* Manage information and communicate annual and seasonal strategies to all functional areas (Inventory, Design, Sourcing, Production, Packaging, Visual).
* 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.
* 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.
* For department, approve final: product collections from Furniture Design's recommendations, order quantities form Inventory Management's 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.
* Investigate and respond to field issues. Coordinate communication strategies with Store Operations. Provide appropriate merchandising information for Store Newsletters.
* Visit stores and contact field management to gather information on customer feedback and product issues.
* Develop one to two Assistant Buyers. Clarify objectives, assess performance and provide regular feedback.
* Determine workload for staff; recommend effective processes and procedures to improve workflow and results.
* Interview candidates and make hiring recommendations.

You...

* Are a collaborative team player and can manage a fast-paced environment. You have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute to the success of the total team.
* Have an aptitude for analytics and ability to use findings to direct and interpret industry trends relevant for the business.
* Are problem-solver, able to identify opportunities for increased efficiencies and contribute to building solutions.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications:

* BA/BS Required
* 5-7 years Buying/Merchandising experience
* Keen business and analytical skills
* Experience in a product development role

Benefits:

We offer an extensive benefits package designed to help you grow, personally and professionally, to care for your family and to build a secure future. Depending on your position and your location, here's a look at what you might be eligible for:

* Competitive benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance; tax-free spending accounts; same-sex domestic partner benefits; commuter benefits; and more
* A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
* Paid vacations, holidays and other time-off programs
* A generous discount on all Williams Sonoma Inc. brands through multiple shopping channels
* Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
* Discounts on nearby gyms and other local businesses

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.

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

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: Brooklyn
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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