Assistant Buyer

New York, New York, USA
16 Jul 2020
11 Aug 2020
Title: Assistant Buyer - North America, Outlet

Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of kate spade new york. From handbags to clothing and d├ęcor, our exuberant approach to the everyday encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm. We call it living colorfully.

A member of the Tapestry family, we are part of a global house of brands that has unwavering optimism and is committed to being innovative and wholly inclusive.

Primary Purpose: assist omni outlet buying team in building and executing a unique product strategy that meets and/or exceeds financial goals

The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in buying department to...

- run weekly selling reports to recap and analyze business, making recommendations for driving improved performance and identifying opportunities
- assist buyer in analyzing flash sale business on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis
- shop the marketplace to identify product opportunities, pricing strategies, trends, and offerings
- assist during market with product selection and assortment
- manage purchase order entry and maintenance: this includes writing POs, changes and cancellations
- ensure all markdowns and promotions are entered and set up properly in system
- Manage the timely entry of markdowns to ensure seamless transitions and communications to cross-functional teams
- accurately reconcile receipts with strong attention to detail and communicate any issues that arise
- support buyer with visual recaps, boards and line lists along with sample coordination
- partner with e-commerce merchandising and photo teams to ensure product accuracy on site
- participate in meetings
- Proactively focus on the future of the business by thinking about trends and opportunities
- Partner with the merchandising team to develop and refine seasonal line architecture to maximize needs
- Partner closely with planning teams on seasonal budgets, monthly forecasting, and weekly business updates

The accomplished individual will possess...

- Bachelor's degree preferred
- 1-2 years' experience as a merchandise assistant, assistant buyer and/or planning
- ecommerce experience is a plus
- high level of proficiency in retail math and excel

An outstanding professional will have...

- Ability to multitask and focus in a fast-paced environment
- experience in working analytically
- Ability to manage multiple projects and shift priorities
- Ability to build strong working relationships with cross functional teams
- Strong presentation, listening, verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated organizational skills
- Sense of urgency and passion to succeed

Our Competencies for All Employees
- Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
- Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
- Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
- Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
- Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
- Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
- Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
Our Competencies for All People Managers
- Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
- Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong moraleand spirit in theirteam; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
- Managerial Courage: Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
Kate Spade is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. #LI-MS1 Visit Kate Spade at

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