Jan. 15, 2021

Buyer (Retail)

NEW BALANCE Lawrence , Massachusetts

## Job description \- Partner with Merchandise Planner to complete open-to-buy forecasts and action steps \- Ensure the merchandise selection aligns with customer needs, orientation and satisfaction \- Share customer and competitive landscape with cross-functional partners; stay current on fashion trends \- Partner with Product Merchandising and product teams to develop a category profile and strategy that achieve the product needs. \- Utilizing analysis, forecast and develop demand plans for 6-24 months out \- Integrate strategies, profiles and consumer insights from Category Planning into development of a seasonal Assortment Plan \- Responsible for product selection and creation of purchase orders/contracts focusing on order accuracy, documentation, and shipping within timelines of order due dates \- Conduct timely follow ups on purchase orders, delivery schedules on a continual basis \- Maintain inventory position to assure optimum turns by consistently monitoring sales to assure prompt inventory action and accurate forecasts of inventory, adjusting orders & min/max as needed \- Maintain excellent partnerships with external vendors and internal cross functional teams \- Keep informed of pending price increases, new products, cancelled products, and products that will become obsolete, taking the appropriate actions necessary to optimize opportunities and minimize inventory risks \- Review and maintain demand forecasts, product performance, inventory reports, and other investment tools to maintain proper inventories \- Collaborate with Merchandise Planner on Buy Planning (OTB) \- Promote positive team environment within the Merchant Team \- Identify strengths and improve performance by supporting multi-skill development \- Partner with Marketing Team on seasonal Calendars ensuring key drivers, promotions, big ideas and new launches align \- Develop business relationships with key internal Operations Team (Warehouse, Customer Care, IT, etc.) (Ecomm Specific) \- Collaborate with Store Operations team on new product launches, store executions, promotions, inventory needs. \- Bachelor's Degree and 1-3 years retail or related experience.

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