Buyer - Merchandising

Ashley Stewart is on the lookout for a talented, highly-motivated Buyer to join the Merchandising team to help drive and define the Ashley Stewart brand and movement. The role of the Merchandise Buyer is to create, develop and execute merchandise procurement strategies (to include inventory distribution and inventory control) for assigned category/department, which ensure achievement of established financial performance goals.

What you’ll do:
  • Maintain direct responsibility for, and perform all activities related to, procurement of merchandise and financial performance, for assigned department; beginning with intent to purchase through delivery and in conjunction with Company’s overall merchandise buying and profitability strategies.
  • Solicit and evaluate proposals for requested merchandise; analyze merchandise requirements, including preliminary specifications, preferred supplier, and date commodity is needed. Negotiate the lowest possible cost for the merchandise balanced against the optimum quality and schedule needs.
  • Continually build and assess vendor pool to ensure Company’s specifications of fit, quality and fashion as well as service standards are satisfied; make recommendations on appropriate vendor for use to ensure maximum profitability.
  • Implement purchase contracts that comply with company and government regulations.
  • Compile and maintain department’s business reports and analyze category performance and trend; take action as approved by President.
  • Work with Planning team to forecast category’s business performance and create and execute strategies to support category performance.
  • Manage, develop and train direct reports in a manner that is consistent in achieving individual and team growth and success.
  • Partner closely with business partners to ensure category’s business performance e.g. inventory control, allocation, merchandise delivery, supply chain distribution, marketing, visual merchandising.
  • Perform duties and tasks as assigned by senior management team.
Who you are:
  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university or a minimum of 5 - 10 years related merchandise buying experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • High level of organization and PC proficiency is required including a thorough knowledge of Excel, Word and Outlook. Prior experience with MMS Retails Ideas is required.
  • Proficiency executing business finance principles e.g. Gross Margin, profit/loss ratios.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, multi-task and provide quick, accurate responses to requests is required. Strong business acumen, presentation, negotiation, analytical, retail math and attention to detail skills are required.
  • Proven track record of supervising and developing direct reports; training, performance management and recognition.
  • Ability to execute individual responsibilities and perform as a team player in sharing responsibility for the achievement of department goals.
  • A love for fashion and merchandising as demonstrated through the previous work and educational experience and demonstrated talent in choosing merchandise that reflects the taste level of the targeted customer.
Who is Ashley Stewart?
Ashley Stewart is a global fashion and lifestyle brand that has propelled itself to be on the vanguard of social commerce. Since our founding in 1991 in Brooklyn, New York we have stood for uncompromising style, fashion, confidence & empowerment for women who love their curves. Today, we offer the hottest looks with 88 stores nationwide, a leading global e-commerce presence at ashleystewart.com, a powerful social media presence @byashleystewart and a growing multimedia and events arm at AshleyTV. Every year, through the Finding Ashley Stewart Tour, we travel the country looking to recognize women who embody the ideals of our brand: leadership, confidence, resilience, kindness & public service. Through AS Gives, we engage in programs such as the
Ashley College Tour to make long-term investments in the communities that have supported our brand for close to 30 years.

Why work at Ashley Stewart?
Ashley Stewart is truly a unique place to work.
We treat our employees like family and pride ourselves on a collaborative workplace in which everyone is treated with respect & has the ability to make an impact on the brand. You will be expected to roll-up your sleeves, but you will always have a seat at the table and an opinion that matters.

People are talking about us!
Jeff Barnett, former CEO of Sales Force recently had this to say in WWD: “The emotional connection a consumer has with a brand persists. REI, Ashley Stewart, Tom’s, Starbucks, Warby Parker, Patagonia - these brands represent something that their customers can relate to & it’s not low prices & free shipping.” As an emerging brand, Ashley Stewart continues to redefine retail and prides itself on outstanding customer engagement.

We have great friends.
Not to drop names, but have you heard of Loni Love, La La Anthony Whoopi Goldberg or maybe even KENDALL KYLIE? Yes, we have great relationships with all of these amazing women. We carry collections by Whoopi, La La and KENDALL KYLIE at ashleystewart.com and in our stores. Plus, not only has Loni Love hosted our Finding Ashley Stewart Finale three years in a row, but she has now collaborated with us on her first exclusive collection.

Wait, there’s more!
  • Competitive salary based on experience level
  • Top quality medical, dental, and vision plans
  • A leadership team that embraces technology, creativity, and initiative
  • Amazing employee discount program & sample sales
  • Summer Fridays
  • Surprise summer visits from Mr. Softee
  • Employee Snack Bar
  • A fun office environment with special events
  • Weekly Yoga & Zumba classes
  • Employee Shuttle Service
  • Did we mention surprise summer visits from Mr. Softee?
So what are you waiting for? Apply now!
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