Job Details

Associate Buyer, Designer and Contemporary

Location NEW YORK, New York, United States
Category Merchandising
Job Opened June 9th, 2021
Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Number 210002VB
Job Type Full Time
Remote No

job description

What This Position is All About:

The Associate Buyer, Designer and Contemporary is responsible for supporting the Buyer in developing an omni merchandise strategy with a focus on our customer. Relationship building is key with internal and external partners. In this role, you will use your negotiation and communication skills to build strong vendor relationships. The position will collaborate with cross functional teams in order to hit financial goals.


Who Are You:

  • Action-Oriented: Not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning. Seizes opportunities more than others. Armed with enough information to make good business decisions quickly.
  • Embracing Ambiguity: Shifts gears comfortably. Can decide and act without having the total picture. Comfortable handling risk and uncertainty.
  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly. Can anticipate future consequences and outcomes accurately.
  • Decision Making: Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure.
  • Perseverance: Able to push through to closure, even with business challenges or setbacks. Motivates team to maintain focus.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Builds constructive and effective relationships internally and externally. Maintains key vendor relationships and continually develops new resources.
  • Learning on the Fly: Able to learn quickly and be open to change. Able to grasp the underlying issue and path to resolution, especially in problem solving. Able to develop own resources.
  • Time management/Priority: Uses time effectively and efficiently. Able to shift priorities as needed and manage multiple competing priorities at the same time. Can attend to a broad scope of activities.
  • Career Ambition/Self-Development: Strong knowledge of self. Able to articulate and utilize strengths, while creating a plan to develop areas of opportunity. Able to size up situations and flex personal style as needed.
  • Taste Level: Knows how to buy for the customer. Maintains view of overall assortment and is able to quickly seize opportunities.


You Also Have:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Must have 3-5 years of experience in a buying capacity
  • Planning experience a plus
  • Strong analytical skill set
  • Strong ability to influence
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and fast learner


As The Associate Buyer, Designer and Contemporary, you will:

Business Acumen:

  • Accountable for developing strategic vision for a defined portion of the Buyers portfolio. Has a broad view of how business works. Uses data to make prudent and effective business decisions. Knowledgeable in key policies, processes, trends, practices. Anticipates business changes in a proactive manner and is adaptable to change.
  • Feels comfortable chasing business and managing liquidity expectations. Comfortable with taking calculated risks.
  • Partner with Planning on managing OTB hitting key metrics and liquidity targets
  • Writing buys based off of business analysis and assortment-planning tool. Works closely with vendors, monitors industry trends, evaluates competition, and attends market.
  • Analyzes business and maximizes opportunities. Manages receipts and flow of goods. Negotiates and collaborates with vendors.
  • Drives execution of the merchandise strategy, focusing on in-season management to ensure optimal productivity
  • Continue to build and grow strong and meaningful vendor relationships
  • Analyze reports to help synthesize data from all aspects of the business and multiple data points to quickly size risks and opportunities
  • Ability to work through ambiguity, while maintaining the agility and speed necessary to react to an off-price buying environment
  • Makes all business decisions in their area of responsibility with the customer experience in mind, becoming a customer champion in all aspects of the buying process

Strong Negotiator:

  • Strong working knowledge of price/value equation and anticipates the needs of the business
  • Negotiate and secure merchandise for seasonal opportunities both in-season and packaway

Business Pulse:

  • Exhibits a strong sense of current business at any given moment
  • Monitors and reacts to inventory productivity
  • Collaborates with cross functional partners to create business plans and develop promotional strategies
  • Has a pulse on the market trends and the competitive landscape

Building Partnerships:

  • Works closely and works well with all cross functional teams
  • Continues to gain knowledge of store landscapes and localization strategies
  • Navigate through the nuances of online promotions and strategies
  • Work with marketing teams on promotions and event pricing

Planning Knowledge and Partnerships:

  • Identifies business opportunities with planning team
  • Thorough understanding of open-to-buy, markdown management and financials
  • Partner with Planning team with product assortments


Your Life and Career at Saks OFF 5TH:

  • Be part of an empowered, innovative team; work with an adventurous spirit and a customer-centric mindset; play a critical role in making decisions that will position us to win
  • Exposure to rewarding career advancement opportunities across different functions within our corporate offices, retail stores, photo studios, and distribution centers
  • A culture that promotes a flexible work environment 
  • Benefits package for all eligible full-time employees (including medical, dental and vision)
  • An amazing employee discount and other exciting perks


Thank you for your interest with Saks OFF 5TH. We look forward to reviewing your application.


Saks OFF 5TH  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Saks OFF 5TH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Saks OFF 5TH  welcomes all applicants for this position. Should you be individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process, accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used.