Job Details

Job title

Associate Buyer, Kenzo

Location

New York, United States

Level

Executive / Coordinator

Function

Buying

Posted

Contract

Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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Job Description

This position is responsible for the sales forecasting and buying decisions for all categories. This position will have responsibility for generating a seasonal merchandise plan and assortment strategy to maximize opportunities and grow the business. Strong analytical skills, creative problem-solving skills and ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment are a must.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop seasonal merchandise and buying plans for all categories with input from local management and the Retail team in France.
  • Maximize seasonal sell thru through market specifics buying and managing store-to-store consolidations to ensure product is available in the right stores at the right time
  • Monitor daily activity of stores for replenishment needs and focus on pro-active product deliveries.
  • Help planning and implementing Capsules. Monitor selection, launches and implementation
  • Coordinate product training for store employees in order to maximize awareness of the season’s collection and trends.
  • Heads weekly, monthly, seasonal sales analysis to recommend and implement tactical actions to deliver the plans.
  • Develop and coordinate with the Senior Management to share information on promotional activity, markdowns, etc.
  • Stay informed of fashion/trends and apply this knowledge to assortment and promotional plans.
  • Stay abreast of trends within the domestic luxury market and provide feedback to France on the collection and on the needs and opportunities of the US market.
  • Manage the Markdown process: Analysis of the MD inventory/assortment, logistical flow from boutique to warehouse to outlet.
  • Place and confirm special orders/request as needed.
  • Collaborate on special projects for brand (pop-ups, store events, activations etc).
  •  Assist with Store Opening preparations in regards to the product (initial assortment, VM,…)
  • Support on specific Wholesale projects

The Ideal Candidate

Profile:

  • The ideal candidate will possess 2+ years of buying experience, preferably in the luxury sector with multi-category buying experience
  • Strong understanding of merchandising financials, retail math and the ability to manage profitability
  • Proven experience building profitable business
  • Knowledge of Open-to-Buy process
  • Strong management and team building experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively with employees at all levels of the organization
  • Strong product sensibility and understanding of trends/brands
  • Ability to analyze reports and draw conclusions/recommendations
  • Ability to remain flexible and willing to change strategies, as business needs dictate
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Expert knowledge of MS Excel and Powerpoint
  • Prefer knowledge of COGNOS, and CEGID
  • Must be able to travel to Paris Buying Sessions (4 times per year) and Domestically (2 times per year)

About Us

About Kenzo

With its abundant prints, vibrant color combinations and cultural influences from all over the world, Kenzo offers a luxuriant and versatile world where spontaneity takes control. Welcome to the urban jungle!

About LVMH

The mission of the LVMH group is to represent the most refined qualities of Western "Art de Vivre"​ around the world. Since its creation in 1987, LVMH has comprised a unique portfolio of over 70 prestigious brands. The Group is active in five different sectors: Wines & Spirits: the Group is the world leader in premium wines and spirits, with the help of prestigious brands such as Château d’Yquem, Dom Pérignon, Hennessy, Mercier, Moët & Chandon and Ruinart. Fashion & Leather goods: LVMH boasts an exceptional array of prestige fashion and leather goods brands, including Louis Vuitton, Loro Piana, Loewe, Céline, Givenchy, Berluti and Kenzo. Perfumes & Cosmetics: with a unique portfolio that includes leading Houses and prestigious niche brands (Dior, Guerlain, Acqua di Parma, Fresh, Benefit Cosmetics…), LVMH is a major global player in perfumes and cosmetics for beauty care and makeup. Watches & Jewelry: this business group comprises upscale brands such as Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Chaumet and Hublot. Selective Distribution: the LVMH Selective Retailing sector covers the four corners of the world with Sephora, DFS, La Grande Épicerie, Le Bon Marché and Starboard Cruise Services. In addition, LVMH is a key player in the media sector with Groupe Les Echos, overseeing several business, finance, arts and culture publications.