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Assistant Buyer/Merchandiser

Columbia Sportswear Company

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 07/26/2019


The Assistant Buyer supports the Merchandise Managers with the development of product strategy and assortment plans to maximize sales and profitability. The ideal candidate will assume personal responsibility for understanding the buying function and actively participating in the process where appropriate.

Job includes some variety in terms of executing and managing promotions, assisting in seasonal buys, and working with various departments. Candidate may follow established practices and procedures or may provide input on developing new ones, working to positively impact sales.

•Assist the Merchandise Manager with developing assortments that support the overall strategy of in-stock positioning for key merchandise categories taking into account fixture capacity, balanced presentations, accurate and timely receipt flow
•Upload all seasonal purchase orders and work with account services to validate each order for accuracy
•Provide and analyze product performance at a department, classification, style, color, and size level, and react appropriately to sales trends
•Work with inventory analyst and merchandise manager to closely monitor stock position in relation to sales trends, merchandise availability and other changes and opportunities in the business
•Responsible to pull accurate sales reports for merchants and leadership in retail
•Responsible for Inbound and Outbound sample ordering and management each season
•Responsible for entering style and sku level markdowns and promotions, as directed by the merchandise manager, and communicating those price changes to the store teams
•Create seasonal assortment spreadsheets
•Assist with Visual Merchandising
•Provide continuous analysis and understanding of size selling and optimal size curves by category
•Assist merchandise manager with preparing seasonal product presentations
•Recap end of season sales performance at necessary detail levels
•Maintain positive open lines of communication with all Columbia Sportswear store management

•Bachelor’s degree in Business or Merchandising or applicable certification and/or equivalent experience.
•Minimum of 2 years of relatable Office/Store Retail experience related
•Possess interest in merchandising, buying, product allocation, and retail sales analysis. Previous retail experience needed.
•Adept in Excel and in manipulating data with advanced formulas, functions, and pivot tables.
•Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
•Ability to operate independently and follow general guidelines.
•Ability to read, write, and speak English.
•Strong written and verbal communication skills.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

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