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Senior Buyer, Footwear & Accessories

Location: Bergen County NJ
Date: 2/5/2018

This fashion retailer specializes in women's apparel and is seeking a Senior Buyer, Shoes & Accessories. They offer a great work environment with a great team and good balance. Full benefits. They are just outside of NYC in Bergen County and there is a bus stop out front of their HQ. An hour commute from the city.

Our Senior Buyer will develop and execute merchandise and financial strategies and plans that drive business growth and profitability for shoes and accessories, and ensure that their stores are considered as the fashion authority. This position reports to our Chief Merchandising Officer and directly supervises 2 Associate Buyers and works with Product Development, Production Services, Marketing, Planning and Allocation, Visual Merchandising, Stores Organization and vendors.

Principal Accountabilities and Responsibilities:
•Develops seasonal financial and assortment plans to achieve top line sales and margin objectives that drive growth while monitoring effective cross-functional partnerships
•Manages production with the cross functional team to deliver on time quality product
•Achieves financial objectives including, sales and margin $, BOM, OTB, Inventory levels, turn, AP$ and cost goals
•Selects, trains, develops and evaluates direct reports as an integral part of the merchant team
•Works with Planning to recommend and implement pre-season and in-season strategies that achieve financial goals including markdowns, promotions, marketing and in-store presentation opportunities
•Partners with vendors to achieve inventory and IMU targets
•Prepares weekly, monthly and quarterly business reviews, and identifies business opportunities for immediate and next year
•Shops our stores regularly to identify customers hits or misses in assortment mix, presentation, pricing and quality
•Shops retail competition regularly and tracks patterns in key competitors on product, pricing, marketing and visual presentation
•Shops the market to identify new business opportunities, innovation and upcoming trends
•Identifies fixture and marketing needs to execute seasonal assortment plans and strategies
•Works with the visual team to manage and execute the floor set
•Develops seasonal line plans for that includes number of styles, target delivery, and costs
•Selects and recommends assortments in line review meeting process
•Develops product extensions for web only business strategies
•Meets weekly with Allocation team and monthly with Planning team
•Identifies fashion trends and pushes market for newness

Experience, Talent and Skills:
•5+ years as a Buyer and/or Merchandiser, recent buying responsibilities in Shoes and Accessories
•Prefer minimum 2 years of specialty retail, preferably plus size women
•Demonstrated ability to successfully drive business growth and profitability
•Ability to forecast fashion trends and translate into customer-desired product
•Ability to build and maintain cross-functional relationships
•Highly collaborative, with a demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively at all levels, both internally and externally
•Strong leadership, influencing and negotiating skills
•Strong verbal/written communications and presentation skills
•Strong analytical skills
•PC Proficient in Word, Excel and Lotus Notes
•Detail oriented

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

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Rush & Company is a full service Executive Search Firm that specializes in the Soft Goods industry. Included in this industry are the apparel, home furnishings and industrial markets. We work in the fiber, fabric and fashion industry with clients and candidates located all over the world

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