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Assistant Buyer - Seasonal/Furniture Storage - West Elm
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    Requisition Number: WE-13183
    Area of Interest: Merchandising
    Organization: Corporate
    Brand/Division: West Elm
    Position Type: Full-time

Job code: lhw-e0-89772162

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Assistant Buyer - Seasonal/Furniture Storage - West Elm
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May 14, 2018
Brooklyn, NY, US
Williams-Sonoma Inc.


The buying/merchandising team is responsible for developing and managing the right product assortment to drive sales, inventory and profit objectives. The team operates as a central hub that interacts with nearly all cross-functional teams within the organization, but most closely partners with the design, sourcing, planning + distribution, visual, and marketing teams to develop and market the assortment for our stores, online and catalog. This role contributes directly to supporting initiatives that will ensure West Elm sustains long-term growth as a leader in specialty retail.

The Assistant Buyer will be responsible for supporting the Buyer in managing and overseeing multiple classes within the department, as well as analyzing sales, sharing insights and identifying opportunities with the Buyer and the DMM. The Assistant Buyer collaborates closely with the rest of the merchandising team to build an assortment that is aesthetically balanced, profitable and diversified across the Consciousness initiatives that are part of West Elm's DNA.

Essential Functions:

* Work with the Buyer to develop the seasonal assortment plans to define product requirements for Design and Sourcing to ensure on time delivery and commercial viability for the product.

* Work with Design and Sourcing counterparts during development season to collaboratively bring commercial viable, profitable product to market, while supporting seasonal concepts and needs

* Communicate annual and seasonal strategies by providing Planning and Allocation teams with final assortments, inclusive of sku counts and estimated IMUs, target flow cadence and exit strategies, and floor plan location for developing purchase projections and buy plans. Maintain line lists throughout seasons to ensure accuracy.

* Manage in-season optimization through business reporting and analysis.

* Correspond with cross-functional partners. Resolve, handle and escalate difficult issues to Buyer, Call Center and Store teams.

* Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze industry trends to identify emerging trends and white space opportunities.

* Responsible for reviewing catalog proofs and website testing for each season (product details, pricing, naming).

* Partner with Visual to communicate category strategies and mark-downs. Work with signage team to develop in-store signage congruent with Big Bets and promotional strategies.

* Lead end-of-season hindsight analysis and prepare recommendations for future seasons based on findings.


* Are a collaborative team player and can manage a fast-paced environment. You have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute to the success of the total team.

* Have an aptitude for analytics and ability to use findings to direct and interpret industry trends relevant for the business

* Are problem-solver, able to identify opportunities for increased efficiencies and contribute to building solutions

* Think innovation is critical in a business environment and support others in creative thinking.

* Pride yourself on the quality of work and are a stickler for details.

* Are a motivated self-starter with a desire to make an impact on your team, our customers and our vendor base.


* 1-2 years Merchandising experience

* Strong Excel skills

* Financial acumen

* Ability to read sales trends and apply learnings

* Passion for product

* Strong communication and presentation skills

* Strong understanding of brand customer and aesthetic

* Experience in a cross-functional role

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

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Nearest Secondary Market: New York City
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