Associate Buyer (Off Price)

Return to Merchandising

Growth 2024
As Associate Buyer has thorough knowledge of specific categories, including market trends, item cost, competitive landscape with focus to customer satisfaction.
In addition; this position coordinates special projects and execute strategies;
  • Developing and executing merchandising strategies for assigned departments that clearly demonstrate the ability to increase business while maximizing profitability and customer satisfaction.
  • Identifying growth opportunities and risks in assortment, and developing contingency plans
  • Ensuring performance against plan is achieved for assigned departments
  • Partnering with merchandise planning to achieve sales, gross margin, turnover, in-stock and return rate; developing category strategies for continuous financial growth
  • Negotiating with consideration of mutual profitability and growth
  • Determining and managing drop-ship relationships
  • Ensuring product presentation aligns with both vendors and their visions
  • Executing promotional strategies in support of financial plan; ensuring company in-stock strategy and partnering with planning on item exit strategies
  • Participating in all appropriate training programs; utilizes current and new merchandise systems and processes to improve departmental efficiency
  • Conducting business unit meetings with planning, allocations/rebuy and advertising to ensure solid communication and teamwork

Skill & Educational Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Merchandising, Marketing or Business.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of retail buying experience in off price.
  • Keen understanding of the dynamics of negotiating product and interpersonal knowledge of how to achieve department goals.
  • Ability to work the marketplace to include; domestic travel to review product buys and competitive landscape.Thorough knowledge of specific categories, including market trends, item cost, competitive issues and logistical issues to help facilitate customer satisfaction.