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Associate Buyer, Men's Leathergoods

Bottega Veneta
NEW YORK, New York, United States
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15 Dec 2020

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Bottega Veneta - inspiring individuality with innovative new modes of craftsmanship since 1966. Under the direction of Daniel Lee, creativity lies at the heart of our designs for women, men and home. Born in Vicenza, the house is rooted in Italian culture yet maintains a truly global outlook. An inclusive brand with exclusive products, Bottega Veneta is as much of a feeling as it is an aesthetic.

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The Men's Associate Buyer serves as the liaison between our 41 Retail stores and the Worldwide Merchandising department in Milan. Candidates can anticipate the following responsibilities in this role:

Strategy & Analytics
  • Analyze selling by model, fabric, color and size on a frequent basis to provide feedback to the Worldwide Merchandising team in order to improve future purchase decisions.
  • Research trends, review existing merchandise to ensure products remain competitive, and recognize changes in demand within each market.
  • Create selling reports and provide historical recaps to analyze and communicate business performance.
  • Follow-up with stores on sales, sell thru, merchandise transfers, and reorders.
  • Perform end of season department analysis: best sellers, slow sellers, months of supply, inventory levels, color and size analysis.
  • Manage and organize markdowns each season.
  • Compile pricing analysis vs. competitors for basic and seasonal product for Milan Headquarters.
  • Communicate with Milan regarding deliveries and available stock.
  • Recommend reorders and special orders based on business needs, trends and stock levels.
  • Collaborate with Milan headquarters frequently on sales performance, product issues, and competitive landscape.
  • Manage stock levels to maximize inventory within stores with the execution of transfers/consolidations.
  • Coordinate product for new store openings: merchandising, training, shipment and deliveries.

Product Buying, Feedback, & Training
  • Attend four markets a year to write the orders for Men's Leathergoods.
  • Ensure communication regarding product needs, sales trends, stock needs and all other relevant product information is shared with the Worldwide Merchandising team in Milan to generate optimal buys with each collection.
  • Allocate all buys by individual stores based on market needs, historical data, and key message of collection aligning with Global recommendations.
  • Assist in the production of individual buy books per store for each collection.
  • Partner with store associates, collection specialists and managers to obtain client feedback on merchandising assortment.
  • Demonstrate passion for the product while maintaining empathy for the store staff/clientele.
  • Educate retail teams on each collection by communicating merchandising strategies based on buy, selling points, and raise awareness of season's trends.
  • Collaborate across various departments on an as-needed basis (i.e. Visual Merchandising, Retail, Communications, etc.)

Who you are
  • At least 2-3 years of previous merchandising/buying experience
  • Capable to travel domestically and internationally approximately 2-3 weeks per quarter
  • Ability to work in a team, possess organizational awareness and flexibility
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt, strong knowledge of luxury market/products and philosophy of the brand
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills
  • Maintain a clear sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment by effectively prioritizing multiple projects
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint as well as strong knowledge of retail math

Why work with us?

This is a fabulous opportunity to join the Kering adventure and to actively contribute to the development of the business by becoming part of a global Luxury Group that offers endless possibilities to learn and grow. Talent development is a managerial principle at Kering and we are committed to fostering internal mobility. Our common vision promotes leadership skills and helps every employee to reach their full potential in a stimulating and fulfilling workplace environment.

Kering is committed to building a diverse workforce. We believe diversity in all its forms - gender, age, nationality, culture, religious beliefs and sexual orientation - enriches the workplace. It opens up opportunities for people to express their talent, both individually and collectively and it helps foster our ability to adapt to a changing world. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their background.


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Bottega Veneta Inc


Discretion, quality, and craftsmanship — Bottega Veneta has created a new standard of luxury since its founding in Vicenza in 1966. Steeped in the traditions of Italy’s master leather craftsmen and long celebrated for its extraordinary leather goods, Bottega Veneta has recently emerged as one of the world’s premier luxury brands. The company’s famous motto, “When your own initials are enough,” expresses a philosophy of individuality and confidence that now applies to a range of products including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, furniture, and more. In the summer of 2006, in recognition of the importance of artisanal craftsmanship and the fragility of this traditional way of life, Bottega Veneta opened a school to train and support future generations of leather artisans.The most recent chapter in Bottega Veneta’s history began in February 2001, when the company was acquired by Kering, formerly known as Gucci Group. Creative Director Tomas Maier came on board in June of that year and presented his first collection, Spring-Summer 2002, to immediate critical acclaim. In the years since, Bottega Veneta has introduced exciting additions to the collection, including fragrance, fine jewelry, a watch, furniture, and home accessories, while continuing to offer an exclusive and coveted assortment of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, small leather goods, eyewear, luggage, and gifts. Distribution of Bottega Veneta products is global, encompassing Europe, Australia, Asia, North and South America, where wholesale distribution in select specialty and department stores is complemented by a growing number of Bottega Veneta owned boutiques.
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