Associate Buyer, Small Leather Goods, Kate Spade

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Associate Buyer, Small Leather Goods, Kate Spade, kate spade new york


New York, United States







Full-time, 90K - 100K

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Job Description

Primary Purpose: The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in buying department to...
  • Assist the buyer in identifying future product opportunities, trends, and offerings which will impact the business
  • Manage OTB (open to buy) budgets, receipt reconciliation, purchase order maintenance, and product tracking
  • Create, analyze and deliver business analysis on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis
  • Utilize reporting to develop an in-depth understanding of product performance, customer base, and micro-assorting. Produce action plans with findings and present to cross-functional teams
  • 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 omni business needs
  • Facilitate all business ownership and relationship management with internal categories
  • Partner closely with planning teams on seasonal budgets, monthly forecasting, and weekly business updates   
  • Partner with visual merchandising team on monthly floorset walk-thrus and overall product placement in stores
  • Partner with e-commerce merchandising and photo teams to ensure product accuracy and propose enhancements 
  • Maintain strong relationships with wholesale and international teams to align on assortment consistency and learn from differing business trends
  • Manage the timely entry of markdowns to ensure seamless transitions and communications to cross-functional teams
  • Analyze regional assortment opportunities by understanding their unique markets and develop strategies for the US market based on global nuances

The Ideal Candidate

The accomplished individual will possess...

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • At least 3 years’ experience in buying.  Vertical retailer preferred
  • Advanced proficiency in retail math and excel

An outstanding professional will have...

  • Ability to multitask and focus in a busy atmosphere
  • 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 success in working on a collaborative team
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Sense of urgency and passion to succeed
  • Deep understanding of competitive handbag landscape

About Us

Founded in 1993 with six sophisticated yet functional handbags, Kate Spade New York has grown into a global lifestyle brand of bags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, shoes, gifts and beyond, each thoughtfully designed for individual discovery.  Today, the brand’s optimistic, feminine approach to the everyday encourages personal style and is a celebration of women who are confident with a youthful spirit. Modern, covetable design, unexpected color combinations, graphic prints and polished ease are the hallmarks of the brand.Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry, Inc. house of brands.