Assistant Buyer

New York, New York, USA
27 Aug 2021
23 Sep 2021
- run weekly selling reports to recap and analyze business results, making recommendations for driving improved performance and identifying opportunities
- assist buyer in analyzing business reports on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis
- assist the buying team during market with product selection, assortment & order entry
- support buyer with visual recaps, boards and line lists along with sample coordination
- execute and track inventory movements/purchase orders, identifying lateness & potential sales risk
- liaise with the production and logistics teams, or vendors for licensed product, to ensure timely delivery of merchandise
- ensure all markdowns are properly entered in the system and communicated to relevant teams
- manage overall site maintenance by partnering with e-commerce and photo teams to launch products online, optimize product pages & maximize inventory
- partner with marketing to curate ad-hoc digital assets and monitor inventory
- shop the marketplace to identify product opportunities, pricing strategies, trends, and offerings
- manage all system maintenance and entry for purchase orders and style set up for licensed categories

the accomplished individual will possess...
- the ability to multitask, prioritize & focus in a fast-paced environment
- a strong organizational and analytical skill set
- an innate curiosity, willingness to learn & sense for creative problem-solving
- a sense of urgency and strong attention to detail
- strong presentation, listening, verbal and written communication skills
- the ability to build strong working relationships with cross functional teams

an outstanding professional will possess...
- 1-2 years of experience in merchandising, buying and/or planning roles required
- previous omni channel experience is a plus
- high level of proficiency in retail math and excel required
- bachelor's degree strongly preferred

Our Competencies for All Employees
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.

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.
- Developing Direct Reports and Others:Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder.
- 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.

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 the 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. Visit Kate Spade at #LI-MS1 .

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