Associate Fashion Buyer - Temporary 6 month role

Ralph Lauren
Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland
08 Jun 2022
05 Jul 2022
Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Associate Buyer. The role is a key support to the Merchandising team in executing seasonal and yearly strategies to grow the brand thru product selection, pricing, competitor benchmarking, and team work.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

* Own end to end process of product selecting market relevant and financially viable ranges that link back to a financial target.
* Assort, price and forecast the line on a seasonal basis
* Couple buying/merchandising decisions with key financial components to drive growth & market share
* Analyse business results in preparation for seasonal buy. Develop the ability to draw top line conclusions and actions from analysis.
* Demonstrate and communicate awareness of retail landscape; conduct research on competitive set including pricing, style, and key messages and translate findings into actions.
* Support preparation of all necessary documents and resources for major calendar meetings, including Hindsight, Buy Review and Sign Off.
* Build relationships with cross-functional partners across Regional sales teams, Corporate Merchandising, Operations, and Creative to ensure the department critical path is maintained to the highest standard. · Contribute to brand elevation both on qualitative and quantitative point of view
* Be open to new ways of working and collaboration.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

* Demonstrate market awareness for both bricks & mortar and growing ecommerce sector in terms of competitors, trends, and brand opportunities
* Highly organized whilst maintaining attention to detail and accuracy
* Ability to manage timelines and juggle priorities
* A strong team player with a results-driven attitude
* Strong analytical skills
* Resilient with an agile & resourceful mindset, able to over-come challenges by focusing on solutions
* Advanced computer skills and knowledge of Excel, Word and PowerPoint
* Effective communication skills at all levels, both written and spoken
* Previous experience in a similar Buying, Planning or Merchandising role is preferable

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