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Anthropologie Philadelphia, PA

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Founded in 1992, Anthropologie operates over 200 retail stores in North America and Europe, and ships to over 100 countries worldwide via our ecommerce channels.  We cater to fashionable, educated, and creative women between the ages of 28 to 45, who desire an inspirational shopping experience.  To that end, we are committed to exceeding her expectations in unexpected, delightful ways.  Our unique product assortment includes women's apparel and accessories, home furnishings and décor, gifts, beauty, and found objects.  Our mission is to provide our customer with an unimagined experience.

Title

Buyer

Reports to

DMM

Supervises

Assistant Buyers

Overview

The Buyer is responsible for creating an exciting and timely product assortment for the Retail business that meets or exceeds the sales volume and profits for their respective departments. They are to execute the vision of the DMM and intuitively respond to customer feedback and market trends. In addition, this person must develop action plans that drive category specific growth and increase profitability. The Buyer is responsible for the success of their business unit and is expected to use their fashion intuition to direct the assortment of their category.

Responsibilities
  • Analyze (either directly or with the staff) weekly and monthly sales, stock and on-order with the goal of optimizing sales and minimizing markdowns.
  • Along with DMM, recognize and react quickly to all trends, both major and minor, in the business, whether product or store related.
  • Work with the DMM and Planning Manager on revising plans to ensure that sales and margin are optimized by class.
  • Ensure that buying direction is on target based on partnering with DMM and comprehensive analysis of the business, e.g., last year results, current trends, etc.
  • Manage the financial elements of the business, e.g., OTB, IMU, MD’s, etc. for assigned classes
  • Manage styles to the plan, ensuring that each item is a winner and that the assortment is properly balanced and invested by ensuring there is an appropriate balance of looks, silhouettes, fabrics, patterns, color, price points, etc., and that we are taking the correct inventory position with key items and fringe and/or new items.
  • Work with Designer(s) and Technical Design to manage the timeline on all product development.
  • Attend all fittings to ensure that sizing is standardized throughout the assortment.
  • Ensure that vendor relations are optimal i.e., getting the best possible prices, quality and service levels with an appropriate level of “partnership”.
  • Work with the DMM, GMM, CEO and staff on a regular, formalized basis to ensure the unity and appropriateness of our merchandise vision.
Qualifications
  • Minnium 6-8 years of buying experience with a retailer.
  • Experience managing Assistant and/or Associate Buyers.
  • Four-year degree in Fashion or Business preferred.
  • An understanding of the customer’s wants and needs and the ability to identify the appropriate product/trend that will appeal to the customer and exceed their expectations.
  • The ability to conceptually plan assortments that meet financial objectives.
  • The ability to prioritize tasks and the ability to balance the immediate and long term needs of the business.
  • The ability to collect, assimilate, analyze, package and present information to the CEO, General Merchandise Manager and Divisional Merchandise Manager in a way that permits them to make an informed decision and take measurable action.
  • The ability to recognize a new fashion trend, item, look, fabrication, early in its lifecycle
  • Use creative thinking as an asset in recognizing and managing in changing paradigms.
  • An understanding of the Anthropologie customer and the shopping experience and that it is the final category edit for the merchandising assortment. The buyer has to possess the ability to identify, gather and assimilate information specific to our customer.
  • The ability to make the transition from strategic (conceptual and planning) to execution. Financial acumen and the ability to manipulate numbers are critical in achieving the tactical objectives.
  • Leadership skills to build and develop a proficient team of individuals that share a common vision and understanding of the Company.
  • The ability to develop partnerships with other Buyers, Directors and Department heads.
Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion, Business, or a related field.

Location

Philadelphia, PA

Travel

Some travel required.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are proud to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe strongly in fostering a safe, fair and respectful work environment. To ensure compliance with our non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, we offer anti-harassment training to managers and employees.
  • Seniority level

    Associate
  • Employment type

    Full-time
  • Job function

    Purchasing and Supply Chain
  • Industries

    Software Development, Non-profit Organizations, and Retail

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